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God’s mercy, commandments cannot be opposed, says British cardinal

May 15, 2015

At a recent homily that touched upon themes of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster stressed that God’s mercy and God’s commandments cannot be opposed to one another.

“Those who counterpose the mercy of God and the commandments of God misunderstand both mercy and commandment,” he preached at a London Jesuit parish. “The commandments of God are given to us precisely as a mercy.”

“God's mercy is misunderstood if it is taken as something which enables us to overlook those commandments or somehow imagine that we are excused [from] their calling,” he added. “Mercy enables us to start out again. It does not enable us to stop where we are, comfortable in a sense of being accepted just as we are.”


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  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - May. 15, 2015 7:45 AM ET USA

    And mercy also presupposes fear of our Lord. One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which is barely taught these days.