The words of Pope Francis open this module: “. . . Our duty is to make this world a better place, and to fight. Our faith is revolutionary because of the inspiration that comes from the Holy Spirit” (Address to the National Ecclesial Congress, 2015). Bishop Frank sets the stage for this introspective and reflective module as he calls the young people to see that the Church nourishes them for one purpose: to leave the four walls of the Church, to go out and change the world by giving witness to God’s love and mercy.
The young people are presented the inspirational challenge of Pope Saint John Paul II to do one simple thing each day to make the world a better place. They are then invited to name one simple thing they will commit to doing right now as a first step. The young people explore stories of inspirational people who have taken up the call to mercy in profound and beautiful ways and are introduced to a young boy, Lucas Hobbs, who at the age of 12, while enduring treatment for cancer, was granted his Make-A-Wish Foundation request—to give back to those who show mercy to others every day of their lives.
As Called to Mercy comes to a close, the young people, in light of all their learning and contemplation, are asked to consider one last question: If you were to take up one cause to make the world a better place, what would that cause be and what would you do? The young people are invited to share stories of their peers who are doing amazing things to make the world a better place.
Saint Mary’s Press will choose a winner, someone with a particularly inspiring story of mercy, to receive a $1,000 gift each year. Bishop Frank offers a final word of encouragement as he reminds the young people that even the things we do with the best of intentions that don’t work out still give glory to God because we tried. The module closes with prayerful reflection on Confirmation not as graduation but as the full initiation into a life of mercy for the betterment of the world.