Sunday, May 19, 2019

“The Time of Mercy is Over”

St. Padre Pio on the field of mercy and justice.

The tension between mercy and justice is in the Church's current focus because of Pope Francis' emphasis on mercy. St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) also commented on this field of tension in a letter:

"Once, when our last hour has passed and our hearts have stopped beating, then everything will come to an end for us, the time to gain graces, as well as the time to forfeit graces. Just as death will find us, so will our judgement before Christ. Our pleading cries, our tears, our sorrow for repentance, which on earth had won us the heart of God and could have made us, with the help of the sacraments, from sinners into saints, they then avail nothing more. The time of mercy is over, and the time of justice begins.”
Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, Epistolario IV, ed. from Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie, San Giovanni Rotondo 2002.

Image: Youtube (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred


philipjohnson said...

The time of Mercy is over and the time of Judgement begins!Bergoglio do you worry about that?I do.God Bless The EponymousFlower.

Felix M said...

"Mercy" has meaning only in relation to justice,. Otherwise it is an empty, meaningless word.

And the idea of justice involves the possibility of punishment and the need for repentance.

But, while Pope Francis bleats about "mercy", he disregards justice, whether human or divine.

Anonymous said...


Felix: Well described.

Jorge Bergoglio is the epitome of hypocrisy.


JBQ said...

The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven----His sceptre shows the force of temporal power---But mercy is above the sceptred sway.------It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God Himself, And earthly power doth then show likest God's, WHEN MERCY SEASONS JUSTICE.----The Merchant of Venice

Peter W said...

Don't wrap yourselves in an exceptive clause, chaps. When the day comes, we'll all be on our knees begging for mercy.

Anonymous said...

And, if God is wrathul, but not surgical in its application, then I have worshipped and tried to be faithful, in vain!!


Peter W said...

God can't be bought. That's Pelagianism and it's more common among Catholics than one might think.

Anonymous said...

A merciless, unjust God, is pure evil.

If the Trinity manifests that way, everything is a lie.

It has nothing to do with buying God.

Tancred said...

Bat’s bile.

Tancred said...

He doesn’t worship God, but a fetishized civil servant.

Tancred said...

Why is everyone so keen to put limits on God’s action in the world?

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