Christ have mercy on us

by Nancy Hastings Sehested

Mercy is not mercy if it is offered to those who deserve it.

It is not ignoring cruelties or violence.

Mercy is God’s radical interruption of our ceaseless rounds of retaliation and revenge.

It is God’s intervention for the greater good.

Mercy is the sacred doorway into second chances.

It is God’s breakthrough of possibility for the transformation of our broken lives.

Mercy is hope for all.

Christ have mercy on us.

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Below is a Spanish translation of this litany.