Now that we are half way through the month of May, it is time to stop and reflect on the theme for this month - A Legacy of Mercy. Having completed the Year of Mercy, we are all familiar with what it means to be merciful. Or, are we? It was Pope Francis who shared with us that “Mercy is an unconditional and unmerited act of love.” This is clear to us when we recall that God the Father gave His Son to us as a way for us to return to the Father. We come to know that Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy. He reveals this mercy to us by his words, his actions, and in his person. How, then, can we show this mercy in our lives? We must rediscover the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and resolve to live them in our daily lives. We are called to teach our children how to care for others, pray for others, and share with others. Children learn what they live!
During this month in which we honor and celebrate Mary, what better way to learn mercy than by asking Mary to help us? It was at Fatima that the Blessed Mother told the three young children that to pray the rosary daily was the way to make peace happen. Our world is in need of peaceful resolutions to many conflicts.
As we celebrate so many of our students’ accomplishments during this month, let us not forget to offer a prayer of gratitude for the generous gifts of our loving God. These gifts have been freely given and as we use them for others, they bring glory to God.
On the 25th of May, we remember and celebrate the completion of Jesus’ ministry on earth. His Ascension to the Father comes with a promise of the Holy Spirit. Let us call on the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts and fill them with mercy, compassion, and love. Let us also call on St. Raphaela Mary, whose feast we celebrate this month, to intercede for us in all of our needs.
With love and peace,
Amy Lintner Sr. Maureen Gillespie