God's Tender Mercy

God's Tender Mercy

by Joan Chittister

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Overview

Sister Joan Chittister is a bestselling author for a very good reason. She takes difficult and even mysterious concepts and “breaks them open” for us. Here she tackles the virtue of mercy and its connection to forgiveness. She feels strongly that most of us don’t understand either mercy or forgiveness and don’t offer them enough to others. She challenges us to stop judging, accusing, and criticizing those we label “sinners” and to see ourselves in their number. She invites us to be realistic about our own actions before we “throw that first stone” at another.

This is spiritual reading at its very best. Sister Joan’s insights invite all of us to seek holiness through receiving and then offering God’s tender mercy and forgiveness to one another. In doing so we become holy. There is no other way.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012600226
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 406,578
File size: 230 KB

About the Author

Joan Chittister, OSB, is one of the country’s key visionary voices and spiritual leaders. A Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, Sister Joan is an international lecturer on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, justice, and contemporary culture. She is an award-winning author of 40 books and writes a weekly web column, “From Where I Stand,” for the National Catholic Reporter.

Currently she serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the U.N., facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. She is also co-chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives with Rabbi Michael Lerner and Cornel West.

Sister Joan appeared with the Dali Lama in 2007 at the First Emory (University) Summit of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding and at the conference, “Seeds of Compassion,” in 2008. In April 2005, her commentary from Rome on the month-long papal events was aired on CNN, the BBC and all national US media networks. On Easter Sunday 2006, she was a guest on “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” and in 2004, she was a guest on “NOW with Bill Moyers.”

For twelve years Sister Joan was a (founding) member of the International Committee for the Peace Council, an interfaith group of world leaders working for peace.

Her books include Welcome to the Wisdom of the World, a First Place Award winner from the Catholic Press Association, and The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, a consistent best seller since its release in 2008.

Joan has held positions of religious leadership among women in the Catholic Church for over 20 years, including serving as prioress of her Benedictine community. She holds a doctorate from Penn State University, was an elected-fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, and is the founder and director of Benetvision: a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality located in Erie. (www.benetvision.org)

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