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What is mercy? How do we practice it? And how do we accept it ourselves? Mathew N. Schmalz tackles these questions in his engaging, practical and occasionally humorous book – Mercy Matters: Opening Yourself to the Life-Changing Gift.
Professor, writer, husband, and father (and recovering alcoholic), Mathew considers mercy from a personal perspective - mercy and anger, friendship, resentment, freedom, bullying, pain, honesty – all of which shed light on mercy as a response that’s not necessarily easy but that opens us to God’s grace. In brief but powerful chapters, you’ll delve into three contexts for thinking about mercy:
- Mercy and self
- Mercy and others
- Mercy and God
Discussion and reflection questions at the end of each chapter allows you to dig deeper into your own ideas about mercy, what it looks like in your life, and how to move toward a more merciful existence. Perfect for individual or group study.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Our Sunday Visitor
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
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Author: Mathew N. Schmalz
Located in: Worcester, Massachusetts
Submitted: April 02, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a husband, father of two daughters, and a professor of Comparative Religions at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
What was your motivation behind this project? Pope Francis has inaugurated an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy--in honor of that, I wanted to write about the transformative impact of mercy.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope people will have the opportunity to reflect on what mercy means--what it means to give it, to receive it, and to be open to it in the complexity and confusion that so often characterizes our lives. The book has discussion questions for individual and group study that are designed to promote reflection on how mercy can transform us as Christians.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I am an adopted child and I went through a process of trying to contact my birthmother, which I talk about in the final chapter of the book.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I like the Japanese Catholic author, Shusaku Endo. While his work may not be familiar to many American readers, he wrote quite eloquently and insightfully about the joys and pains in our encounter with God.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: While Mercy Matters is written from a Catholic perspective, I hope it speaks to all Christians who seek a fuller experience of mercy in their lives.