This Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is about to end tomorrow, I have been attentive to all those who have been committing acts of mercy. Like last year with my Moments of Love, every single day I have recorded something I have observed, in this case great and small mercies. I have found that the scope of mercy is broad and that it is not just found in the pardoning of offenses, but in the reaching out to other people and creation without a cause. Here are just some of the hundreds of gems that I have discovered:

  • Some local citizens lifting away a trapped car.
  • Two little Aboriginal girls buying their friend a drink when she had no money.
  • A man in prison praying good wishes for other prisoners who had been abusing him.
  • A 7-year-old writing a get-well card to her principal.
  • A wealthy man giving money away without letting anyone know it was from him.
  • A woman offering her umbrella to an old lady in the rain.
  • A lesbian woman accompanying her partner through a painful operation.
  • A young boy holding open a gate for us.
  • An army veteran forgiving the Japanese who had treated him badly in a POW camp.
  • People from an organisation rallying round a dying member.
  • A teacher picking up bags of children’s rubbish every day.
  • A family involved in a lethal car accident forgiving the perpetrator.
  • A little girl giving me a flower.
  • A teacher starting a school recycling program.
  • A Sister looking after a heavily drinking woman for years who had been in prison.
  • A priest and a young man sitting down with a man with a severe disability.
  • A Sister exhausted at the end of the day making time for a person in need.
  • The Sisters forgiving me for cheating at cards!
  • A woman giving a sweet to a refugee boy who then gave it to his mother.
  • A Sister helping a family who crashed into her car.
  • A circus friend offering his house for visiting performers.
  • A man in a nursing home helping us to get out the door.
  • A man in prison telling the others that they are made in God’s image.
  • An ant carrying a dead ant.
  • A man giving his son $150 when he asked for $50.
  • A man returning $20 to me after I left it in a shop.
  • A lady hugging a homeless man.
  • A neighbour fixing our wrecked gate.
  • A priest staying up all night with an unwell pilgrim.
  • A cleaner shutting the door so she wouldn’t disturb us.
  • A father not punishing his daughter over destroying a tree.
  • A refugee letting me wear shoes in his shoe-less house.
  • A student’s concern for a boy with Aspergers.
  • A man living on Nauru feeling compelled to write about the injustice there.
  • A Sister taking in a homeless man to stay at her house.
  • Someone saying she liked my cooking when I don’t think she did!
  • A priest taking a homeless man camping.
  • A man at the check-out purposefully making my bags of equal weight.
  • A prison officer getting us to wait in the warm sun.
  • Sisters having a good cry with a bereaved man.
  • A soccer goalie going to embrace the opposition’s goal scorer.
  • An old woman going to the nursing home to sing and read poetry.

And these are just a few of them! If anyone was doubting, the world is chock full of mercy, God’s mercy expressed through beautiful human (and other-than human) action. May the Jubilee Year of Mercy continue to inspire you every day of every year.

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