Before he died in 1990, Dr. Karl Menninger had become deeply involved in trying to assist abandoned and abused children, impoverished minorities, abused women and others trampled on by greed, manipulation and neglect. Once it was called to his attention that he was being called a “bleeding heart.” Dr. Menninger smiled and replied: “I’m proud to be called a ‘breeding heart.’ My heart bleeds for all of the children and all of the others who are abused….” His words were entirely in tune with the heart of God. The aura that surrounded the death of this great man was an aura of peace. His justice was of the kind which is the only foundation for peace.
It doesn’t make sense that God must overcome his justice with his mercy. God after all is One and simple. If God wants justice it is precisely because God is merciful. When our hearts are simple and simply one with God our justice and our mercy will also be one.
Form my heart, Lord, to be truly just so that I can extend to others the mercy which you have shown to me. In St. Francis’ words, “make me an instrument of your peace.”