The Sorrowful mysteries of Mercy from the writings of Pope Francis.

1.    The Agony in the Garden

We must ask the Lord to give us the grace to be merciful to those who do us wrong.   Mercy is the only way to overcome evil.  Justice is necessary, very much so, but by itself it is not enough.  Justice and mercy must go together.

In our lives we must sometimes accept suffering, and give ourselves up. Yet this does not mean we have lost; on the contrary – if in obedience to God and His purposes we are able to say: may Your will be done – we become partakers in the suffering of Jesus. Let us pray that in our pursuit of justice, we would never forget that mercy is its perfect fulfillment and something even greater.

Hail Mary said.

Glory be said.

2.    The Scourging at the Pillar

The Divine Mercy message is a very specific life plan because it involves action.  One of the most obvious works of mercy, and perhaps the most difficult to put into practice, is to forgive those who have offended us, who have done us wrong or whom we consider to be enemies.

Forgiveness – although it sometimes seems to be beyond our strength – it is always possible! If Jesus, though suffering as an innocent, forgave his persecutors, how much more should we who are sinners! Let us pray for the grace of looking at each person with the merciful eyes of Jesus.

Our Father said.

Glory be said.

3.    Crowning with Thorns

Our Lord’s mercy can be seen especially when he bends down to human misery and shows his compassion for those in need of understanding, healing and forgiveness.  Everything in Jesus speaks of mercy.  Indeed, he himself is mercy.

“Here is the man” – Pilate stated about Jesus. In His great mercy, God identified Himself with each of us, especially when we suffer, become sick, or are impoverished. Let us pray for merciful eyes and hearts, for the grace of being close to those, who are not doing well.

Hail Mary said.

Glory be said.

4.    The Carrying of the Cross

Have you ever felt the gaze of everlasting love upon you, a gaze that looks beyond your sins, limitations and failings, and continues to have faith in you and to look upon your life with hope?  Do you realise how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?

Jesus did not at any point stop loving those who put the cross on His shoulders, and later nailed Him to it. Let us pray that, immersing ourselves in the infinite Mercy of God, we would be able to have mercy on the misery of humanity, and on our own as well. Let us be merciful – to ourselves and others – just like God is merciful.

Our Father said.

Glory be said.

5.     The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

 The cross is the most eloquent sign of God’s mercy!  It tells us that the measure of God’s love for humanity is to love without measure!  Through the cross we can touch God’s mercy and be touched by that mercy!  Here I would recall the episode of the two thieves crucified beside Jesus. With which of the two do we identify?  Is it with the one who does not acknowledge his own mistakes?  Or is it with the other, who accepts that he is in need of divine mercy and begs for it with all his heart?  

Standing under the cross – we need to be silent facing the immensity of love, which we did not deserve. Sometimes, in the face our own weakness, we can only call for God’s help. May we have as much humility and crazy hope as the good thief. God is waiting to give us everything.

Hail Mary said.

Glory be said.