Finding God's Goodness

Week Twenty-One. Kindness. Extreme Kindness.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself expands my hope and kindness.

To show mercy means to have compassion for someone who should be punished or could be treated harshly. It means showing undeserved forgiveness or kindness. Mercy is given by a person in authority, who is also often the one who has been wronged. To show mercy is to offer relief to someone in a miserable state.

As I compare myself to God’s perfection, I am humbled realizing my need for God’s mercy. Being held by this love and mercy creates a space within my heart to accept myself as I am. With loving kindness, I start to heal the division within and orient myself towards wholeness. When I accept God’s mercy and love in my heart, I begin to know what love is. I see with the eyes of compassion and my actions originate from a place of extreme kindness.

For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray—that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy.

–St. Faustina Kowalska

Lord, thank You for showing me extreme kindness so I can pass it on to others.

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