Today saw the publication of ‘The Name Of God Is Mercy’, the book written by Pope Francis. The name of the book should come as no surprise – everything the Holy Father is presently calling for revolves around this concept of mercy; or rather, this reality of mercy. That applies particularly to the Holy Year of Mercy, in which we currently find ourselves.
It has been interesting listening to the reports on the media regarding the book and the Holy Year itself.
One commentator this morning noted that the Pope is not calling for anything new, nor is he changing the ‘rules’ of the Church. Rather, he is trying to strike a balance. He seems to be noting, said the commentator, that recently we have all focussed on those ‘rules’, perhaps to the exclusion of how to apply them – we have almost forgotten that God is Mercy, and that precisely this is the call of the Gospel. As the Holy Father himself notes, the Church exists for sinners – and we are all sinners – but must exercise it’s duties and responsibilities in a merciful manner, following the example of Christ Himself. The commentator went on to note that the idea of “meeting sinners where you find them does not mean leaving them there”. I thought that really summed it up nicely.
It also ties in very well with the Diary of Saint Faustina, where the Lord takes great pains to emphasis the extent of His mercy – it is without limit on His part, limited on our part only by the extent to which we truly believe in it and accept it.
In the years to come, long after Pope Francis has gone to his eternal reward, I suspect that his name will forever be linked to that one word – mercy.