I’m not a Catholic (I’m a Protestant), but I dated one just before I met Andrew. I like to think that God used him as a stepping stone, because it was while I was dating Richard that I began to consider what I believed. More on this can be found in Faith’s First Baby Steps! and Finding God Through the Confusion of Religion.
Apparently it was Pope St. Paul the second who said that mercy is “love’s second name.” I thought this was very beautiful and inspiring, so I snatched it up as the inspiration for the title of this piece.
The Quality of Mercy
Whether you appreciate Shakespeare or not, there’s a great message in my favorite Shakespeare passage. God is just, but His mercy triumphs over judgement!
“The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute to God Himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this:
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.”
— William Shakespeare/The Merchant of Venice
He Has Shown Us
We must walk as Jesus walked…
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8
“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:12-13