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Mercy Moves Us

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The Pope and the Prisoner

In “The Merchant of Venice”, Portia asks Shylock to show mercy. He asks, “On what compulsion, must I?” She responds:

The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twiceblest:
Itblessethhim that gives and him that takes.” Wikipedia, on Mercy.

I’ve loved Pope Francis since the first time I saw him emerge from the balcony, asking us to pray for him. That gesture radiated humility, and became his signature. I cried with House Speaker Boehner, when he told of the profound impact a brief encounter with Pope Francis had on his life. Again, Pope Francis asked him to pray for him. Speaker Boehner resigned his position the next morning, and although it may have been in the works for some time, it was a merciful exchange; a life changing exchange.

I watched him bless sick…

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