Monthly Archives: July 2016

Year of Mercy: Streams of Mercy

Perhaps the writer of the hymn ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’ had Psalm 136 in mind, for one phrase in the hymn says, “streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise.” Never-ending mercy could easily be … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Recipients of Mercy

Pope Francis’ next reference to the psalms is a combination of 146:7-9 and 147:3-6.  These two passages answer the question, “To whom is mercy shown?” A look at the Bible as-a-whole clearly reveals that the ultimate answer to the question … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: God’s Comprehensive Mercy

Pope Francis’ first reference to the psalter is 103:3-4. Clearly, he understands that God’s mercy is comprehensive, extending into forgiveness, healing, deliverance, and honoring.  The psalmist proclaims a 360° involvement of God in our lives. Life is completely different when … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Psalms of Mercy

In her excellent book, ‘Finding Your Voice in the Psalms,’ Elizabeth Canham uses selected psalms to give voice to our life’s concerns.  Pope Francis did similarly in his writing, ‘The Face of Mercy.’  He cited key psalms to make various … Continue reading

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