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Run Time: 0:16:29. Gospel: Lk 15:1-32.
A link to the encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, can be found here.
…God looks upon us in our weakness and sees first that original goodness in which He created us. That original dignity and beauty in which He delighted at creation and saw indeed that it was very good. And so the fact of His mercy rests upon this: That He remains our Father. That while we may reject Him, and may choose to live as though we had none – as though there were no Father in Heaven. He remains. And He looks upon each one with the same love. Mind you not a false compassion, or hard heartedness. But I think those are the two extremes to which – into which we can fall. Either saying, “Well you’ve messed up and that’s it. You’ve buttered your bread, now sleep in it.” (We’re great at mixing metaphors in my family). “That’s it, you’ve sinned, you’re out, you’re done!” That is not the view of God the Father. There is no sin into which we can fall, there is no distance that we may wander that God will not call us back and receive us back as His beloved sons and daughters…