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What is Mercy? – Mercy Mission (Part I of III)

April 5, 2016 by  
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What is Mercy?
Mercy Mission (Part I of III)

Father Michael Najim preached this “Mercy Mission” in March prior to Holy Week over the course of three days.  And, he has graciously shared it with us in order that we might share it with you. Today, we will bring you the first part of the “Mercy Mission”.  It will be followed in the next two days with part two and part three.

For part one of the “Mercy Mission”, Father Najim’s talk begins at 13:45 with a Gospel reading and ends at 41:26. But, you may certainly watch the entire video if you like. We apologize, in advance, for ads which we were unable to remove, and we ask your mercy! It’s the only way we could bring you this excellent resource.

During his talk, you will hear Father Najim mention a few references.  So, we’ve included some of these references below the actual video itself.

References in Part One of Father Najim’s “Mercy Mission”:

  • Misericordiae Vultus — Papal Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
  • The Name of God is Mercy — Book by Pope Francis
  • Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) — Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis
  • ProdigalSonDieRuckkehrDesVerlorenenSohnesMengelbergThe Parables of Mercy:
    • The Two Debtors and Their Creditor (Luke 7:36-50)
    • The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
    • Finding the Lost Shepard and the Lost Coin (Luke 15:1-10)
    • The Merciful Father (Luke 15:11-32)
    • The Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
    • The Judge and the Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
    • The Pharisee and the Publican in the Temple (Luke 18:9-14)

Editor’s Note: In part two of this “Mercy Mission”, Fr Najim will talk about receiving God’s mercy and will offer a guided meditation.


Art: Die Rückkehr des verlorenen Sohns (The Return of the Prodigal Son), Otto Mengelberg, 1848, PD-US author’s life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. Michael Najim

Fr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Westerly, Rhode Island and has been the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters to Seminarians, published by the Institute for Priestly Formation. He also blogs at

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  • msoffe abraham

    is it true that some people are predestined to perish in hell

    • LizEst

      Good question, msoffe abraham! God does not predetermine that some people will perish in hell. Rather, because He is eternal and He knows all things, He knows who will go to hell and who will not. It is, in this sense, that some have spoken of predestination. Otherwise, there would be no need to convert and receive Christ as Lord and Savior. God wants all of us to be with Him forever in heaven. It is what He has made us for: everlasting joy with Him! God bless you!

      • msoffe abraham

        thanks Liz be blessed too

  • Shirley Bachmeier

    Fr. Najim, I just happened on your homily this morning and it was just the message I needed to have in my heart of little Faith today. I am and have been struggling with a repeated sin that keeps me from enjoying the presence of God and His Mercy, Divine Mercy, a beloved devotion of mine. You remind me that I cannot out love God in His determination to love me in spite of my failings. I seek Him all the day and miss Him in my own pride of hating my failure. Holy Spirit, close up this lie that keeps me from true liberty and freedom to be love as I have never been loved. Call me to that daily time of contemplation of sitting in Your Presence and merciful love. Thank you always for your obedience to God in sharing what you have been given by God; your sheep have a wonderful shepherd.

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