My sister is a nurse. She’s worked in a hospital her entire career. She’s compassionate and merciful. As an RN Case Manager, Linda is often tasked with helping families decide where to place patients who can no longer live independently. She walks along side of them as they make decisions and does her best to relieve their distress. When Linda’s mother-in-law was ill there were very few people available to help her carry the burden of decision-making, visiting, and supporting her. Chaos became the routine.
“Mercy is to enter the chaos of another.”
Fr. James Keating, SJ, The Works of Mercy:The Heart of Catholicism
Pope Francis has designated a “Year of Mercy” to begin December 8, 2015. When I first heard this I thought of it as an educational initiative. Now I see it as a personal call that requires a response. That is because mercy acts. It’s complicated and sometimes messy, time consuming and often hard. Walking with someone in their chaos, like my sister did, helps them to bear their burdens. It’s the nitty-gritty, get your hands busy work that reflects Christ’s love and mercy in the world. It gives dignity to the one who is struggling. This is our call to be “church.”
“Mercy is to enter the chaos of another.” Let’s pray together that when it’s our time to act, we will have the courage to “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
In hope, Peggy