Sometimes we forget how radical mercy is. We reduce it to a nice feeling, vague and passive. But mercy is more than that; in the words of Pope Francis, “To be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real.” Mercy challenges us to put our love into action, to turn our words into works and our slogans into solidarity. Mercy also challenges us to recognize our own need forgiveness and healing, to shake ourselves free from the numbness of privilege. It is, in short, the love of God: a love that brings people together across borders and differences, and transforms the way we see the world. At IFTJ 2016 we will practice Mercy in Action through reflection, conversation, prayer, and advocacy. Together, we will seek to answer Pope Francis’ call to all of us in this Holy Year of Mercy: “This is the opportune moment to change our lives! This is the time to allow our hearts to be touched! … It is the time to listen to the cry of innocent people who are deprived of their property, their dignity, their feelings, and even their very lives.”
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