God’s Greatest Attribute

 

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

In the Old Testament as pointed out by Saint John Paul II in his encyclical on Divine Mercy, he noted that the two Hebraic terms of mercy are: hesed and rahimin. Hesed signifies a concern for another human being in word or deed which is of deep goodness. Rahimim (also, Rahamim) signifies the relationship between mother and child which is a gratuitous love
expressed for the child. The term ‘Rahimim’ comes from the root of the word ‘womb’ and expresses the nature of compassion. Together, these two
dynamic ways of living and acting, comprise the foundation of the Divine Mercy as is perfectly offered in Jesus Christ. Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska,
of Poland, wrote the following in response to her prayerful response to Christ: “I understood that the greatest attribute of God is love and mercy. It unites the creature with the Creator. This immense love and abyss of mercy are made known in the Incarnation of the Word and in the Redemption of humanity,
and it is here that I saw this as the greatest of all God’s attributes.”

May our intentional merciful care for the other, especially those for whom we may have had little regard or kindness toward in the past due to hurt or other suffering caused by them, be and remain at the core of our risk-taking in helping heal an oftentimes harsh, unforgiving world. In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P