Pope: "no sin or crime...can erase us from the mind and heart of God"
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(11-06-2013, 09:24 PM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: While I usually shiver when preparing to read some statement or speech from our Hippie Pope, as he has been called, he said absolutely nothing unorthodox here.

He said absolutely nothing new here.

Why does the world, including the Catholic world, think that divine mercy is a concept that began with Pope Francis?  Why are his statements headline news?
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(11-07-2013, 09:37 AM)Miriam_M Wrote:
(11-06-2013, 09:24 PM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: While I usually shiver when preparing to read some statement or speech from our Hippie Pope, as he has been called, he said absolutely nothing unorthodox here.

He said absolutely nothing new here.

Why does the world, including the Catholic world, think that divine mercy is a concept that began with Pope Francis?  Why are his statements headline news?
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This. One would think that God's love started at Vatican II.
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I love hearing about God's mercy, every time.

Some of my favorite quotes from Bl. Columba Marmion:
Quote:For some time past God has been making me see in magnificent light that His Majesty’s whole plan, His whole “economy" towards us is an economy of mercy. It is our miseries which, united to Christ’s sufferings and infirmities, draw down all the graces He gives.
Quote:God has been giving me for some time past a strong light, and this light is shed over my whole life. When God looks upon this poor world, upon this multitude of the miserable, incredulous and sinful, what does He feel? “I have compassion on the multitude” (Mk 8:2). Our miseries excite His mercy. Not only that, but as we, through our baptism, are members of Christ, our miseries are His. He has taken them all upon Him. He has assumed them and rendered them divine, and the Father, in looking upon our miseries and weaknesses, sees those of His Son which cry out to Him for mercy. “Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor” (Ps 40:2)
Quote:The abyss of our miseries is very great, greater even than we think. But God’s mercy is infinite like God Himself. If we lay open our soul to Him with all its infirmities and sins, His Divine gaze penetrates this abyss of which we cannot see the bottom. His gaze goes into the most hidden recesses and brings us strength and light. There is only this Divine gaze that is able to penetrate into our inmost being and sound the depth of our woes. God alone too can supply the remedy and we may be assured that He will do so.

Bl. Columba Marmion, Union with God: Letters of Spiritual Direction.
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