Bishop Vincent Malone on how to keep it simple to accept God's Mercy

12/12/2015 9:45 am

Bishop Vincent Malone, retired assistant bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, gives an excellent thought-provoking Advent reflection on how we sometimes overcomplicate things when we try to get close to God:

"It's good to remember that we don't have to formulate a long petition to ask God's pardon for our various self-indulgences; all that is necessary to engage God's mercy is that we come to our senses and accept the invitation to start again with renewed resolution. What might require a little time, however, is to take that simple truth to heart."

Bishop Malone quotes Katherine Tynan, writing in the context of the First World War:

"Betwixt the saddle and the ground Mercy was sought and mercy found."

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