"when God's love touches us in our neediness, the sorrow and suffering inherent in the human condition, we name it mercy. mercy is perhaps the loveliest of all God's qualities. this is the love that reaches into the dark space of our flailing and our failing, our losing and our dying. mercy enters that space, picks us up and holds us tenderly until we are healed. little by little, this love draws our wasted energies to purposeful service; it looks directly into our uncomprehending eyes, hears our futile wail, and says "no matter, i love you anyway. come on..." and so mercy brings us to ever-new life."
-"living in the mercy"