A story of a monk

“James writes, ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment’ (2.13).  He is probably talking about the mercy practiced by human beings, but the statement is true to a much greater extent if it is applied to God’s mercy.  It will be God’s mercy in the end that will triumph over all injustices and the lack of human mercy.  The author of the life of Silvanus of Mount Athos narrates a rather significant episode about a holy monk.  This monk, a great man of God, had attained such a compassion for humanity that he was always weeping and imploring God’s mercy for himself and everyone else.  One day when he was close to despair, the Lord appeared to him and asked, ‘Why are you weeping like this?  Do you not know that I am the one who will judge the world?  I will have mercy on every person who called on God even once in his life.'” (Fr. Raneiro Cantalamessa, The Gaze of Mercy)

One thought on “A story of a monk

  1. Fr. Cantalamessa is such an incredible preacher! All of his homilies embody the best of the Catholic tradition (in the broadest sense of the term).

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