“Mercy is what love looks like when it turns toward the sinner.” Bishop Barron
Word on Fire recently posted a beautiful article by Bishop Robert E. Barron, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, entitled Pope Francis and True Mercy.
I especially love this…
“Now this is important, for many receive the message of divine mercy as tantamount to a denial of the reality of sin, as though sin no longer matters. But, just the contrary is the case. To speak of mercy is to be intensely aware of sin and its peculiar form of destructiveness. Or to shift to one of the Pope’s favorite metaphors, it is to be acutely conscious that one is wounded so severely that one requires, not minor treatment, but the emergency and radical attention provided in a hospital on the edge of a battlefield.”
I have, over the years, compared post abortive people to the wounded on a battlefield. So often, in our eagerness to save babies from abortion (which we should be doing), we step over those wounded by abortion on the battlefield.
I have also encountered people who are afraid to offer mercy for abortion because they feel that somehow it would make people think abortion is not a serious sin, especially those who have participated in abortion. But, the truth is, no one knows the gravity of the sin more than people who have taken the lives of their own children.
I think Bishop Barron’s comparison speaks to the heart of this truth as he reminds us in his article, “St. Augustine long ago reminded us, misericordia (mercy) and miseria (misery) are two sides of the same coin.”
Abortion impacts each one of us and the wounds are deep. How can we respond and answer the call to mercy? The Prolife Symposium – Healing a Nation – A Time for Mercy, co-sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport and Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion will offer information, guidance, and tools for healing a nationsuffering from the wounds of abortion. Click here for more information.