Welcome to our Lenten retreat. Loyola Press has just published Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber, and because this book is all about her Lenten experience, we have interviewed Kerry, using several questions to focus on a specific aspect of her experience each week. Her project was to perform what Catholic Christians refer to as the Corporal Works of Mercy. So we will explore the following:
- Week #1, beginning March 10: How Can We Feed the Hungry and Give Drink to the Thirsty?
- Week #2 (March 17): How Can We Clothe the Naked?
- Week #3 (March 24): How Can We Shelter the Homeless?
- Week #4 (March 31): How Can We Visit the Sick and Imprisoned?
- Week #5 (April 7): How Can We Bury the Dead?
- Holy Week (April 14): How Can We Accompany Jesus in His Passion?
- Easter Week (April 21): Now That Easter Has Come
Here’s a taste of what’s coming. And, yes, Kerry really is a sweetheart on and off camera:
Each week we’ll hear from Kerry and then open up the topic with several questions such as:
- Who are the hungry, or homeless, or . . . ?
- In my particular situation, what is the most effective way to perform this particular act of mercy?
- What factors get in the way of my showing mercy through this practice?
- What kinds of support can I find as I try to do this? Are there organizations already in place that are doing a good job?
- When is it appropriate for me to go out on my own to show mercy?
So, my question for the DDF community this week:
Identify a key experience when you felt that you truly expressed God’s mercy in a concrete way.