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How to Explain Mercy (and Good Friday) to Children

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Working with children (and raising a batch with my husband), I've picked up a few critical pieces of information about how children learn. For example, children require simple explanations in terms they can understand instinctively. Children also have little patience for information or activities that seem irrelevant to their concerns; they learn new concepts best when they can relate to the topic personally.

Pope Francis knows this well, which is why he hopes families, in this Year of Mercy, will provide children with an experience of mercy.

In his book-length interview, The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis helps us all understand mercy by defining it in theological terms and then also giving us concrete, practical examples of what mercy feels like in daily life. Parents, grandparents, and teachers who want to share the Year of Mercy with children in their lives will find a wealth of wisdom in Pope Francis.

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Lord, Have Mercy on My Lent

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SURPRISE!!!

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Pope Francis described the Jubilee Year of Mercy back in April 2015 in his official document, Misericordiae Vultus. The final paragraph of that document knocks my socks off. Here's my favorite part:

Beyond the Law

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Dozens of times in the Gospels, Jesus "amazes" his listeners. Here are a few of my favorites:
They were amazed, saying "What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?" -Matthew 8:27They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them. They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him. -Mark 10:32And all who were with him were amazed at the catch.  -Luke 5:9Does Jesus amaze us?

Is he so shockingly unique that we, his followers, are sometimes a little afraid of him?
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