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RECOLLECTION Guide

PRAYING WITH OUR SPC ROLE MODELS

Celebrating 325 Years of Life and Mission

* MARCH 2021 *

Theme: MERCIFUL COMPASSION

                    Grace: Lord Jesus, I beg for the grace of a merciful and compassionate heart so that I can feel and be with all those who are suffering, within and outside of my community.

                    Scripture Text: “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Eph 2:4-5

POINTS FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION:

A. Merciful Compassion in the life of St. Paul

Saint Paul gives us the most comprehensive doctrine of Divine Mercy. For him, Divine
Mercy, is a primary quality and characteristic of God inseparable from his divine love
and grace. It is God’s free gift, gentle action, and response to the disobedient and
sinner. Mercy is also God’s interior disposition of compassion, tenderness, and loving
kindness towards those in distress. Saint Paul then bases the moral imperatives that he
teaches on this Gospel of Mercy – as God through Christ has been merciful to us, so we
also ought to be merciful to one another. (cf Eph 4: 31-32; Col 3:12)

B. Merciful Compassion in the life of our Sisters

  1. The gift of vocation in the life of our Sisters

C. Merciful Compassion in our life

1. I recall the times in my life when I have concretely experienced God’s merciful compassion. I also recall the times when I have concretely shown merciful compassion towards others especially those who are in need. I relish these experiences in prayer.
2. “As God through Christ has been merciful to us, so we also ought to be merciful to one another.” I ask for the Spirit’s guidance as I think of concrete ways I and my community can extend love and mercy to one another, the people we meet in the ministry, and all those who are in need.
3. I dialogue with the Lord on the points above.
4. I share in my community my reflections on #2.

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