Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr

July 1st, 2016
"What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. And indeed I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners." Matthew 9 : 13

Those  who are sure that they are righteous can’t be saved,  because the first step in following Jesus is acknowledging our need and admitting that we don’t have all the answers.  Pope Francis has said that the word mercy means opening one’s heart to wretchedness.  It is God’s giving himself to us,  accepting us and bowing to forgive.  Jesus said he came not for those who were good but for the sinners.  Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.  Shakespeare wrote that ‘Mercy drops like gentle dew from the heavens on the earth.’   It blesses the one who gives and the one who receives.   Jesus has left us with many examples of mercy,  e.g.,  the woman who was about to be stoned for adultery.  Jesus goes beyond ‘the law that demanded stoning.’  He simply tells her to sin no more.

Today is the feast of St. Oliver Plunkett,  who was martyred in 1681 at Tyburn, England.  He was the last Catholic to die for his faith at Tyburn,  and the first of the Irish martyrs to be beatified.


Lord, teach us how to be merciful in our dealings with others. Amen