Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the daily need to ask for God's mercy

29/11/2015 11:53 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols gives the first of our audio Advent Reflections for 2015. The overall theme is the 'Year of Mercy' and those eternal human themes of mercy, compassion and forgiveness.

Today, the Cardinal talks about his own personal need for God's mercy:

"Every day I begin by asking for God's mercy for the day ahead and end it by saying 'Well Lord, there you are. I didn't do that too well. Maybe we can do better tomorrow'.

"Mercy is like the heartbeat of the relationship I have with the Lord. I just try to let him pick me up again, dust me down, fill me with his grace and say 'Come on, you can do better than that. Just keep trying and I am with you always'."

"The 'Year of Mercy' can be thought of as a pilgrimage and when we go on pilgrimage, we leave our customary ways behind. We set out to find something new. Here on this pilgrimage, we set out to find, again, the mercy of God.

"But there's only one way we'll find it and that is if we set out on this pilgrimage as beggars - as people who know what we need. We need to be accepted as we are and enabled to grow to be much better than we are. That's the story of God's mercy at work in our lives for us to discover during this precious Year of Mercy."

Podcast Series

The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.


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