The Church continues to practice and advocate for mercy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near. There are no walls or distances which can prevent the Father’s mercy from reaching and embracing us.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” (1 Cor 12: 4-7)
Take the opportunity to get involved and practice mercy regularly. It starts within your home, then ripples out to the workplace, to school and into your local community. Once our eyes are opened to the plight of others, we can no longer consciously turn away because in doing so, we betray our Lord’s commandment to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
“Today’s democratic societies . . . call for new and fuller forms of participation in public life by Christian and non-Christian citizens alike. Indeed, all can contribute, by voting in elections for lawmakers and government officials, and in other ways as well, to the development of political solutions and legislative choices which, in their opinion, will benefit the common good.” —Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, no. 1