I feel my heart beat like a beat of a drum. With my heart I love!
– Jacinta Mary-Luisa Leyne, 3 years old
About 6-7 years ago I got into Youth Ministry and the Pro Life movement. I’m all over praying for the unborn and the vulnerable (especially the elderly!) You name the place, I can march with the best of them. Call it being 30 and getting cranky, but my heart has turned in how I’ve discerned living out my support for life.
I have lots of friends who are great debaters, apologists, and willing to take a stand against some ridiculous thinking in todays society. I’m proud of their commitment and John the Baptist style ministry. We definitely need to be able to give an account of our faith and moral teaching in a sound, reasonable and charitable manner.
I just can’t be them. I’m not called to that in my particular mission.
I’m not being a wimp. I think my heart has just experienced too much pain in youth and families I’ve known to bring any more heartache… warranted or not. Our family has come to realize and sense a different calling for us.
Too many hearts are hardened. Angry agnostics, muslims, atheists, catholics, christians, and everyone in between. We’re all so enraged all the time. I’m just convicted that on top of the awareness, education, and political action (all good things), nothing will bring about God’s kingdom more than mercy and the softening of hearts.
I’ve been encouraged that this is the way to go by a few great people. First off my Bishop, Donald Bolen. who’s motto just happens to be Mercy within Mercy within Mercy. I love the story he shares about how the coat of arms designer asked if maybe that was one mercy too many; to which Bishop Bolen replied, “That’s exactly the point!!”. Beautiful.
Mother Teresa, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Dolan, Pope Emeritus, now Pope Francis in such a tangible way continue to witness to this new way, a different way (or really is the old new again, eh Jesus?)
Joy. Laughter. Mercy. Kindness. Gentleness.
So, instead of linking to another graphic picture, or maybe an overly righteous meme…
we did this: