Disbursing God’s mercy PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 November 2015 13:05

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

That definitely is a tall order. Even more, it is an impossible task, for how can a human instrument, no matter how gifted he is intellectually, morally and spiritually, ever think that he can give God’s mercy, so full of mysteries that simply go beyond even the most brilliant and smart methods we can ever develop?

I shudder at the thought that a human instrument has been given the responsibility to dispense the very mercy of God to penitent sinners. Thus, prayers have been formulated to calm down the apprehensions of priests before hearing confessions, and to make them aware of what they need to be, to have, and to do.

One such prayer goes this way: “Grant to me, O Lord, that wisdom that stands beside Thy throne, / that I may know how to judge Thy people with justice, / and Thy poor ones with equity. / Let me so use the keys of the Kingdom of heaven that I may open to no one upon whom they should shut, / nor close them to any for whom they should open.

“May my intention be pure, my zeal sincere, my charity patient, my labor fruitful. / Let me be gentle without weakness, severe without harshness. / Let me not disdain the poor; nor fawn upon  the rich. / Make me kind that I may attract sinners, prudent in questioning them, adroit in directing them.

“Grant, I beseech Thee, skill to lead them back from sin, zeal in confirming them in good, diligence in elevating them to better things. / Grant me good judgment in answering questions, correctness in counseling. / Give me light when things are obscure, wisdom when they are entangled, victory when they are difficult. / May I myself be not lost. /