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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Sept. 01, 2020

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

I’ve written about mercy several times over the years, but perhaps most notably in “How is this possible? Mercy and Justice are the same in God.”, back in early 2016. In 2020, however, I’ve had more questions and comments from our readers about mercy than at any time in the past. And by one of those Providential “coincidences”, there is a new book by Fr. Daniel Moloney, entitled simply Mercy, jointly published by the Augustine Institute and Ignatius Press.

But guess what? While we can definitely understand mercy more fully, its operations remain profoundly mysterious.

As Fr. Maloney points out, mercy attempts to supply a deficiency in another person, out of God’s (or our own) store of goodness, in a way which will bring that person to greater wholeness. To show mercy is, therefore, an act of love that is particularly directed to compensate for a quality, characteristic, disposition or ability which another person lacks, so that this person might be able to participate more fully in the good. …

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