Introduction: Faith Traditions and Mercy
Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland)
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We have concluded our first four-month exploration of Mercy Global Presence, focusing on “global” through the lenses of Cosmos, Earth and integral ecology, people and deep social change, and God incarnate in the Cosmos and in Jesus. We now begin our contemplation of “mercy,” the second dimension of Mercy Global Presence. Over these next four months (from March until June), we will reflect on faith traditions and mercy, mercy and degradation of Earth, mercy and displacement of persons, and new foundations in mercy. Once again, we will invite diverse and distinct voices to call us into this contemplation and to dare us to find anew our passion for mercy.
Mercy and other Faith Traditions
Pope Francis imagines mercy as a way into dialogue with other faith traditions:
'I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with these religions [Judaism and Islam] and with other noble religious traditions; may it open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; may it eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.'
Even a brief glimpse tells us that each major faith tradition holds mercy as essential to its life, that mercy requires many words to reflect its depth, that mercy is a name for God, that mercy is one of the qualities of God lived by people every day, and that mercy is integrally connected to creation and to Earth...
Spanish translation using DeepL Translator. Traducción al español con DeepL Translator
Elizabeth Davis rsm is the Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland.
She is the Mercy Leaders' representive on the Mercy Global Presence Guiding Group.
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