The Surprise Summer Page-Turner

Year of Mercy Reflections by Peter Yaremko

Posted on: September 6th, 2016

During his training as a Jesuit in 1960's Argentina, Pope Francis taught literature.  He also was a friend of the great Argentine author, Jorge Luis Borges.  So it's no surprise that his recent book, The Name of God is Mercy, is an inspiring look at what he calls "the first attribute of God.

It also happens to be a great beach read for the summer months ahead.  The short book (151 pages) reads like a conversation.  Because that's exactly what it is--a collection of interviews with a Vatican news correspondent. 

In its review, the New York Times wrote: "The pope has an easy conversational style that moves effortlessly between folksy sayings and erudite allusions, between common-sense logic and impassioned philosophical insights.  He is given to memorable metaphors--like urging priests to go out in the world and be 'shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.'"

The Name of God is Mercy shows why this "Pope of Mercy" views the Church as a family.  "It is the first school of mercy," he says, "because it is there that we have been loved and learned to love, have been forgiven and learned to forgive."

Our prayer today: Heavenly Father, mercy is your name.  Grant that we always find ways to recognize and receive the love you have for us.

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