Christine M. Bochen is professor of religious studies at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. She has contributed broadly to those interested in the life, ministry, and writings of Thomas Merton.

Bochen serves as the editor of this substantive paperback. It is a richly devotional collection of essays and meditations on mercy. Here you will find theological reflections by Dorothy Day, Jim Forest, Joan Chittister, Jessica Powers, Leonardo Boff, Joyce Rupp, and others who have taken up the challenge of Pope Francis to "open our eyes to see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity."

In his brief ministry, Jesus of Nazareth modeled mercy as a mark of discipleship. This quality can spur us to work with others to feed the hungry and to build a world of peace. Mercy takes us out of ourselves and unites us with others.