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By Joannie Watson, Integrated Catholic Life, Oct 22, 2021
Joan Watson was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, but college and graduate school took her to Virginia, Ohio, and Rome.
His expectations may have seemed intense, but so was his mercy.
I remember hearing a powerful homily by Bishop Barron on the excessive demand of God and the extravagant mercy of God. We have a God who calls us to be a perfect, but also a God who welcomes back the prodigal son. Bishop Barron pointed out that we have a hard time holding these together.
“How do you balance his infinite mercy …. With his infinite demands? … It’s so difficult.. that we often make a choice. We turn it into a zero-sum game. In other words, the more you emphasize God’s mercy, the less you emphasize his demands. Or the more you emphasize God’s moral demands, the less you emphasize his mercy.” He points out, however, that this leads to two different but dangerous misunderstandings of God. …