On the God of Mercy

On the God of Mercy

Question: “In Cardinal Kasper’s book Mercy, he says that the essence of the God who reveals Himself in history is mercy. In Sacred Scripture, God’s compassion and mercy is very clear in the way He deals with man, especially His chosen people. And ultimately in the heart of Jesus Christ, the one who fully reveals God to man, we see that God also has a heart. How then can we reconcile this understanding of God with Thomas Aquinas’ concept of God as ‘Ipsum Esse Subsistens,’ i.e., Subsistent Being Itself – one who is utterly and infinitely transcendent from all creatures? How can the two ways of seeing God go together and be explained in a meaningful way to the people of today, especially on this Jubilee Year of Mercy?”

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