by Emil Anton
ROME — The spring session of the Vincent Pallotti Institute began at The Lay Centre on 11 February with a well-attended presentation on the theme, “Transforming Mercy: Mystical Experience in World Religions.”
Jesuit Father Felix Körner gave the first lecture, which introduced participants to mystical experience in Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, and invited them to reflect upon the concept and experience of mercy.
The session was the first of a special six-week series at The Lay Centre, called “Mercy Beyond Boundaries,” organized for the Jubilee of Mercy, which the Catholic Church celebrates this year.
During his presentation, Father Körner called attention to the plural form of the Hebrew word rahamim (cf. the Latin misericordias Domini…) and to its implications in salvation history. God’s mercy is not simply an attitude, but a series of merciful deeds in history, he said.
The morning session concluded with Mass in The Lay Centre chapel.
Father Körner will return to The Lay Centre on 18 February to give the second lecture in the series on the theme, “Justice? Truth? Mercy in Interreligious Dialogue.” Subsequent speakers include a Jewish and a Muslim scholar, who will speak about how God’s mercy is understood in their respective religions.
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