PODCAST | “The Gift of Mercy”
In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan shares a reflection on the gift of mercy as seen through the Gospel of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). This Gospel passage leads us to reflect inward and ask ourselves: how quickly do we pass judgement on others without even realizing it?
The main goal of Satan is to create division among people, whether it be a family, a church community or an entire society. The main antidote to this divisiveness and negativity is mercy. Mercy is God’s free gift to us as his children and it allows us to reunite with one another. Pope St. John Paul II explains that every human being is a neighbor to be loved. If we have to ask ourselves “who is my neighbor?”, then we are already setting limits and conditions. Instead, the question we should seek to ask is: “to whom should I become a neighbor?” We must love our neighbors as ourselves and show mercy to all those around us.
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Msgr. Frederick Dolan, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1983. He has worked in Rome, New York City, South Bend (Indiana) and New Haven (CT). Since 1998 he has resided in Montreal and has been serving as Vicar of Opus Dei for Canada.