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Reflect upon God’s mercy with Cardinal Walter Kasper’s newest work, Mercy. Kasper looks at empathy and compassion as a starting point for theological reflection on the topic. He continues by reflecting upon significant questions: What does it mean to believe in a merciful God? How are divine mercy and divine justice related? How can we speak of a sympathetic—that is, a compassionate—God? Can undeserved woe and divine mercy be brought into harmony with one another?
Praised by Pope Francis for the essential issues it emphasizes, Mercy addresses ethical questions that similarly arise: How can we measure up to the standard of divine mercy in our own actions? What does the message of mercy mean for the practice of the Church and how can we cause the central message of God’s mercy to shine in the life of Christians and the Church? What does this message mean for a new culture of mercy in our society?
These considerations of mercy lead to the fundamental questions of theology. In this work, Kasper combines theological reflection with spiritual, pastoral, and social considerations on this essential topic at a crucial time.
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This book has done me so much good.
Walter Kasper is a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church and president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He was born in 1933 in Brenz. He was ordained in 1957, and was a professor at Tübingen University for 25 years. In 1989, he became bishop of one of Germany’s largest Catholic dioceses, Rottenburg-Stuttgart. While there, he visited every one of the 1,000 parishes in the diocese. He was elevated to cardinal in 2001, and cardinal-priest in 2011. He served as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 2001 to 2010.