“Some years ago, our 36-year-old daughter was in Ireland and suffered from a brain aneurysm and died. And we went over and she was at St. James Hospital. There was a Carmelite priest and nun there, and the people she was visiting were down from Belfast, and everyone—if it hadn’t been for them, if it wasn’t for their compassion and their mercy—the mercy I experienced there and their love and their compassion is something I’ll carry around all my life.
And because of that, now I’m a Stephen Minister. And just the ability to learn—because I’m kind of a talker—how to listen to people and show mercy by your body language, your eye contact, just being there, those are my two major God drops of mercy.”
In his Spiritual Exercises, Iggy invites us to answer three questions: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What ought I to do for Christ? To live a life of mercy, Iggy calls us to action, just as Marian experienced and continues to live out.
Learn more about what mercy means, what everyday mercy looks like, and Pope Francis’s notion of mercy-ing. You can also read more about the Pope’s joyful message of mercy in his book, The Church of Mercy, or find out how a thirty-something Catholic lives a life of mercy in New York City with the book, Mercy in the City.
PS. Can we coin Marian’s phrase, “God drops of mercy”? We’re sure Iggy would heartily approve.