“How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.” (Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium/The Joy of the Gospel)
The recent enriching and energizing Convocation of Catholic Leaders and today’s readings inspired my reflection today.
Jesus invites all of us to imitate him… not sitting in judgement of others but showing mercy to them. Pope Francis walks the talk. There are countless examples of him reaching out to others in mercy, like the story I shared with you today.
We learn to be missionary disciples beginning in our own homes. Parents can model this for their children. Matt Rice tweeted from the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, “Mom and dad, if you are just going through the motions of the Church, your kids sense the hypocrisy, get real and they will too.” How can you “get real” with your family?
Accept God’s mercy, friends … and you will reach out to others in mercy.
Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C. serves as the International Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Prior to his ordination Father Pinto received many degrees in areas ranging from Political Science to Theology. Ordained a priest in 1999, he served as a parish priest, vice principal and administrator of Holy Cross School in Northeast India. Father Pinto grew up in Kerala, India with his 8 siblings. In 2010 he came to the United States for further studies, pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. If you run into him, you may hear him say, "A life well lived is a life lived for others," a mantra he strives to live by.