Mercy is a term that comes from Latin and refers to a virtue of encouragement that leads human beings to feel sorry for the miseries of others. It is a caring attitude which can usually show a person wealthy towards someone who has more needs than her, or a subject who has been offended towards her offender.
For Christianity, mercy is a divine attribute understood as a synonym of consideration, amiability and forgiveness, that the faithful ask God so that he may have mercy for their sins and disobedience. It is a term deeply linked to Christian precepts, present both in numerous passages in the Bible and in liturgical songs, as well as in the names of monuments and cathedrals.
According to the words of Jesus, the man You must be merciful to those around you if you expect to be treated in the same way. Some concepts that express opposite ideas are resentment, revenge and contempt, among other attitudes and feelings considered negative.
It is important to note that mercy can be expressed in various ways, be it through material means such as spiritual; In other words, offering food, shelter or clothing to the needy is a work of mercy, just as it is teaching those who do not have access to school education, comforting a grieving person, or forgiving other people’s mistakes. Other actions that respond to this attitude, although perhaps less evident, are the prayers and the burial of the deceased.
The mistake is often made of confusing mercy with pity, even if it is two very different concepts. Feeling sorry for someone else is not about attitude persistent of the personality, but of a fleeting sensation; In addition, it does not entail a kind action to end the problems of others, but rather remains in the reflection about them.
Other uses of the term mercy are linked to a piece present in the seating of the choirs of the churches that allow to rest secretly and at the dagger used by the knights of the Middle Ages to kill their enemies.
Divine Mercy is in principle the devotion that Christians feel for God’s mercy, trusting that he sacrificed himself for the sins of his followers. Through this delivery, the Church guarantees the faithful that their faults will be forgiven by Jesus, not through a trial, but as a gesture that symbolizes salvation.
It is also about the lifestyle proposed by Christianity, expressed through inner actions (How is faith in God and in his promises) and exteriors: the adoration of the symbols religious, the repetition of certain prayers (such as the so-called crown), acts of mercy and compassion towards others and the performance of certain celebrations (such as the feast of Divine Mercy).
About bliss party, which is among the list of celebrations of the liturgy declared official by the Catholic Church, is celebrated on the Sunday that follows Easter and remembers the promise that Jesus made to Saint Faustina Kowalska, a nun of Polish origin, to be merciful to her. On the same day, he assured that would forgive to all sinners who decide to approach him for confession and communion.
This Christian devotion stems from Faustina’s own experiences, which she recorded in her private diary. These are stories about their encounters with Jesus, in which they spoke of very deep and revealing themes. Its pages were rescued and propagated as a result of the various exiles that took place in the middle of the Second World War.