I was at a meeting the other day where I heard that “mercy trumps holiness”. What does that mean? I am not sure, though I do think that people who adhere to this are pushing the boundaries so that mercy, is not bound by doctrine; that pastoralia, and care have been detached from doctrine and dogma. People who are pushing for a change will say that nothing has changed, doctrine is still there, but we have to have ‘mercy’ and from there people will be lead by discerning pastors to eventually have an informed conscience.
It seems to me that this is wrong. We are called to be holy as our God is holy. We are called to live lives that are in a ‘state of grace’, and from that state of grace we then reach out to people on the margins. Being holy, as our Lord is holy, and being merciful, as our Lord is merciful are entwined, and you cannot have one without the other. For me, everything flows from the sacrifice of the mass. It is here where we meet Jesus Christ, who saved us from our sins, and it is here where we meet Jesus who said to us, “go out to the stranger, the widow, the orphan. The acts of holiness flow from our relationship with God, and our theosis.