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Have Mercy On All of Us!
On the Second Sunday of Easter, Catholics gather to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. This special Sunday specifically reminds believers of the constant gift of God’s mercy.
Pope Francis speaks frequently about mercy. At the start of this Lent, he encouraged believers to avoid indifference toward others and to work on forming their hearts. “A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart,” he said. “Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart…to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters.”
The Pope also declared 2015 an extraordinary Jubilee year. The Year of Mercy will highlight the Church’s commitment to universal mercy.
Throughout this Easter season discuss the importance of God’s mercy with your students. Perhaps review the familiar story of Jonah together. Ask: Why did Jonah begrudge God’s mercy to the Ninevites? Do you think that God’s mercy is meant for everyone in today’s world? What are the qualities of someone who is merciful? What keeps us from seeking God’s mercy for ourselves?
Continue the discussion by listing ways that students can show mercy for friends and family, and in their communities. Pray together for the humility to seek God’s mercy for individual failings and to offer that mercy to others.