The vocation of mercy is in the very DNA of all those who follow the Lord in the way set forth by St. Francis and St. Clare.
We commemorate this in a special way this year as we mark the 800th Anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi.
Many people gathered in the beautiful friary in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, on 1st and 2nd of August to celebrate the Pardon of Assisi.
The inspiration of this Pardon came from the generosity, tenacity and persistence of St. Francis to plead with the Pope on behalf of the people of God to grant this indulgence so that the mercy and forgiveness would be superabundant.
This was the vocation of Franciscans then, and it remains the vocation of Franciscans today.
We are to be, in spirit of St. Francis, carriers of mercy, reconciliation and peace.
May the Lord give you peace and mercy.