In calling for a Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis ignited in all people of good will a choice to act godlike. He invited people of faith to be witnesses of compassion, finding "the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.”

But how do you develop a merciful heart? “You become a merciful person by practicing acts of mercy,” explains Joan Chittister. In her new e-course, “Journey into Mercy," she encourages you to stretch for new ways of acting mercifully. You will receive:

  • 28 brief but weighty readings from Sister Joan
  • a written invitation, based on each day's reading, to practice mercy
  • a chance to reflect on what you find most meaningful in the reading
  • an audio clip of a mercy mantra to pray during the week

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister, soul-stirring speaker, best-selling author, and outspoken advocate of justice, peace, and equality. She has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years. Her life work focuses on the development of contemporary spirituality, a redefinition and renewal of Benedictine life for seekers today, and justice for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly those in prison. We are fortunate to have her with us as a gifted spiritual guide for this e-course. (4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)

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