Lenten Retreat 2011, Talk 6 of 6

Lenten Spiritual Retreat 2011, Talk 6 of 6: Witness to God’s love for humankind, in a rather profound way, pope John Paul II preached in word and deed why this love has a particular face in our time, namely, the face of compassion and mercy. Some specific references come to mind: (1) His encyclical letter Dives in Misericordia wants as to see God the Father through the lens of his own mercy. (2) His pontifical decision to institutionalise the Feast of Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter. (3) His own experience of a severely wounded Europe, and the lost of orientation in the larger Western society, leading to a global ministry of reconciliation within Christianity and beyond.