Lesson Plans for Polarization (2019)
Mercy Trumps Polarization
Our world is often confused by what true mercy looks like. Pope Francis calls us to a culture of encounter, to recognize the dignity in the person in front of us. This encounter leads us to action on their behalf by serving others through works of mercy. In so doing, our hearts change, and we learn to be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful. This year, bringing our faith into difficult conversations is more important than ever. Mass shootings, deportations and increased threats against our immigrant communities, aggressive abortion expansion, and renewed federal death penalty are just a few of the topics in the news that each of us is struggling to understand in light of our faith.
What is Mercy? - Link
7-minute video offers a modern explanation of mercy and its role in giving joy to our lives.
Are You Locked In? - Link
Fr. Gaetano Piccolo shares with us how Jesus can unlock our hearts and inspire us to love.
What is Mercy? - Link
4 short videos answering the question, "what is mercy" from different perspectives.
Ocean of Mercy - Link
2.5 minute video with Chris Stefanick discussing the vastness of God's mercy.
Mercy and the Cross - Link
Bishop Barron shares that in the Presence of Jesus we can receive Mercy for our lives.
"Our Lord helped me to forgive" - Link
Short video on how when Patricia was killed by a bullet meant for another person, her parents realized that they had to ask God for strength to forgive the assailant.
50 Corporal Works of Mercy from FOCUS - Link
ideas for how to help those in need
Smiling at a Stranger - Link
Smiling at a stranger may be the work of mercy to change our broken world
3 Ideas - Link
3 practical ways to bring healing to America right now ideas for creating change in the world
What Is Your Motivation For Doing Good? - Link
A Thai insurance company’s commercial invites us to ask ourselves this question.
Prayer to See Others Mercifully - Link
Ask Jesus for help to view and treat others with mercy
This column will change your life: Forgiveness - Link
Hanging on to old resentments is bad for your health.
People Should Not Fear Difference But Division - Link
Work together to form communities of peace and love in the world.