La Misericordia: vocazione e lavoro

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Mercy: vocation and work

Giuseppe Colombo

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Giuseppe Colombo, coordinator of "The Mercy and his works", the initiative of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart for the Jubilee Year 2015, in this essay purifies the concept of "mercy" from current banalities and returns it its meaningful theological and anthropological status: "mercy" is the name of God and the practice of mercy perfects human nature. Mercy enhances human creative force in an existential context: ethical and artistic-literary, political and legal, economic, etc. Firstly " mercy "should be read as" name of God "(hence the" M "is capitalized) and " his works" show what God does for us men. Only after that we can understand "the mercy (now with the" m ") and his works" as our commitment in response to the love of God, spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The two moments do not lie on a simple chronological timeline, but are interconnected in a relationship of dialogue, which is made possible by the existence of the latter into the former. Precisely, human mercy is possible only in the event that the Mercy of God is at the center of history and of the universe. Not as an abstract idea to which we refer, but as a concrete person to be encountered here and now, according to the logic of "christocentrism objective " as explained by the Card. Giacomo Biffi.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Mercy: vocation and work
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa misericordia e le sue opere, Atti del seminario interdisciplinare di teologia, filosofia e scienze dell’uomo, Milano Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 30-31 maggio 2016
EditorsGiuseppe Colombo
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Mercy, vocation, work
  • Misericordia,vocazione, lavoro


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