Before the Cross | Mercy comes from God, cannot be forced

Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

Jerry Naunheim Jr.
A famous quotation from the Merchant of Venice speaks about the nature of forgiveness or mercy. “The quality of mercy is not strained,” Shakespeare writes. “It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” Mercy “is an attribute to God himself,” the bard continues. And we are most like God, Shakespeare says, “when mercy seasons justice.”

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