Pope Francis reminds us that in Mercy, we find proof of how God loves us. He gives His entire self always, freely, asking nothing in return. He comes to our aid whenever we call upon Him. What a beautiful thing that the Church begins Her daily prayer with the words, “O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me!” (Ps 70:2). The assistance we ask for is already the first step of God’s mercy toward us. May each of us this year be aware of God’s Mercy more deeply and be renewed in celebrating, living, and sharing this mercy daily.