The world seems to be falling apart. It seems like there is nothing that can be done. Sometimes I fear for the world my children will grow up in. We can’t control anything happening in the world.
We CAN control what we teach our children. Starting from when they are born. We can show them compassion, empathy and mercy. We can teach them about what is going on in the world but also teach them love not hate.
Mercy is having compassion for others; especially those you may think do not deserve it. It is not always easy to have mercy so we must practice it. Our children need to see us showing compassion to one another.
My mom is great at mercy. She shows love to everyone even when you know it can’t be easy. She always says about those she shows mercy to that they were the ones who needed it the most. It isn’t easy following in those footsteps, but I try. She tells me when my children are driving me crazy and I want to beat them, I need to just hug them. So I hug and hug a little more. I show them mercy.
If each one of us just tries to show a tiny ounce of mercy to those who we actually think does not deserve it, we may just see the change we hope for the world. Those who push people around and are mean could really use our mercy but you know what? Every one of us sins so each of us at one time or another could use a little mercy and compassion.
Pope Francis announces this the year of Mercy.
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