A Chance
for Life


Reconciliation Beyond Church Community

Day 10: Tuesday, week 2


Mercy, The Church’s Foundation

Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love. The Church has an endless desire to show mercy. (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultis, Bull of Indiction, # 10)

Like Mary, like the first Christian community—like every generation of Christians—we are entrusted to assist in the process of divine reconciliation and healing (2 Cor 5:18; Jn 19-23). When we take the time to engage in ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue we can sense the possibility of reconciliation and peace, no matter how fragile.

Mandala created by Rachel



  • In my milieu, do I feel called to enter into ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue? In what way?


Ecumenical Prayer for Peace, Hermann Schalück, ofm

One God of all peoples and nations,
You created the earth and the cosmos,
in their beauty and also in their frailty.
All cultures and religions are on their way to you,
the origin of all that has been created.
You want all to be for one another not a threat,
but a blessing.

Lord, give us strength and endurance
to pull down the mountains of misunderstanding,
to fill in the trenches of hatred
and to level the paths towards a more just
and a more peaceful world order.
Let the arms of destruction be laid down soon,
and let the melody of peace and reconciliation
resound throughout your entire creation.

One God with many names,
make us all instruments of your peace.


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