If . . . you know your own need for mercy, then your eyes will be turned on God. You will be able to be the instrument of his own gift of pity, and so you will give new heart to others. You will not only console but strengthen and sustain. Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. To obtain mercy, says St. Thomas, is more even than to have one’s fill, because it means that man receives more than he merited or was able to desire. If we have the sense of sin, we want God’s mercy; and to receive that is much indeed; but we need his mercy more than we want it, for we need it more than we can know. – Father Gerald Vann, O.P.
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