I am blessed that my work as a priest allows me to meet with a number of different people who are in many different seasons of life. Recently, I have been meeting with some friends of both Mercy Home and our Sunday Mass program. They are people of deep faith, with decades of devotion to the Lord. So many have shared with me about the time they spend praying, for the needs of our world, for their families, and for the young people at Mercy Home. I am so grateful for their friendship.
I often request the advice of these dear friends when I see them, asking them what I should tell our children at Mercy Home about the best way to live their lives. So many of these friends mentioned the same things: be kind, forgive, and remember that God loves you and is with you always. As I reflected on this, I knew that it was truly valuable advice. Being kind is not difficult and it costs nothing. Forgiveness is what sets us free from being stuck and embittered. And God is with us through the best and most difficult moments in life. These words of wisdom ring true for each and every one of us.