MATERCARE AND THE HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
Pope Francis has asked that the Holy Year be a time for Catholics to contemplate just how merciful God has been to them and to understand better how they are called to be merciful to others in turn.
Mercy is a central part of the Gospel. In Psalm 51:1-2, David cries out, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin”.
Mercy is about forgiving those who repent, and is about compassion which the Holy Father has called the “balm of mercy”, and asked that it reach everyone as a sign that the kingdom of God is already in our midst. This is a call to be present, a call to take practical measures that spread the ointments of compassion and mercy.
MCI, in dedication to the Year of Mercy, will increase its efforts to provide essential obstetrical care at its maternity hospital in the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo, Kenya, for which it recently received an award of excellence from the County (Province) of Isiolo, and to begin work on the much needed obstetric fistula (birth injury) hospital. We are called to be merciful, and we can think of no greater act of mercy than caring for the neglected and suffering mothers of our world.
MCI extends an invitation to ALL Catholic medical professionals (we need volunteers especially obstetricians) and Catholic organizations to support this project.
Pope Francis asked that every diocese in the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine. Let our door of mercy be one to a hospital that serves the needs of poor mothers.
For health professionals, we can practice repentance, review our actions and past wrongs, commit to change, and be transformed by God’s mercy. Perhaps, even more, with our patients we ourselves can embody compassion.
Dr. Robert Walley
Executive Director, MaterCare International
Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Telephone: +1(709) 579-6472
Dr. Robert Walley, MCI standing outside the Door of Mercy at St. John the Baptist Basilica in St. John's, Newfoundland.
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