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Seeking mercy in the wrong places

Discussion in 'Discipleship: Following Jesus' started by Unofficial Reverand Alex, Jul 21, 2019.

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    “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19.

    From an article from a beautiful website devoted to Divine Mercy, this one titled "Trust that He is truly Merciful to Repentant Souls: Seeking mercy in the wrong places - New life comes from Christ "

    "Judas [Iscariot] didn’t return to the company of the Church for forgiveness and healing. He went back to the place of his own sin. How often when faced with our own sinfulness, weaknesses and failures, do we go looking for help in the wrong places? We turn to drink or drugs and try to blot out the past. Or we try to make ourselves believe that it was all okay to begin with. We tell ourselves lies. Or we go to people who are offering us quick solutions and self-help schemes when all the time the loving mercy of the Lord awaits for us in the communion of the Holy Church.

    ...

    What are we to do when we are no longer the ones in charge? We can despair, as Judas did, or we turn to Jesus seeking mercy. In His mercy, we come to discover that we don’t have to make things right, we can’t turn the clock back but in Christ’s mercy, we discover we don’t have to turn it back, His mercy heals and restores in ways we never anticipated. His mercy can do great things, even when situations look impossible. New life comes from Christ."

    Full article: https://www.divinemercy.org/element...es/277-seeking-mercy-in-the-wrong-places.html

    O greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness,
    today all mankind calls out from the abyss
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    of its misery to Your mercy---to Your compassion,
    O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out.
    Gracious God do not reject the prayer of this earth's exiles!
    O Lord, goodness beyond our understanding,
    Who are acquainted with our misery through and through,
    and know that by our own power
    we cannot ascend to You,
    we implore You; anticipate us with Your Grace
    and keep on increasing Your mercy in us,
    that we may faithfully do Your holy will
    all through our life and at death's hour.
    Let the omnipotence of Your mercy
    shield us from the darts of our salvation's enemies,
    that we may with confidence,
    as Your children await Your final coming
    - that day known to You alone.
    And we expect to obtain everything promised us
    by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness.
    For Jesus is our Hope:
    Through His merciful Heart
    as through an open gate we pass through to heaven.

    Amen
     
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