Bishop Frank sets the stage for this introspective and reflective module as he calls the young people and sponsors 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.
Sponsors 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. They 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 and sponsors, 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? They are invited to share stories of young people who are doing amazing things to make the world a better place.
Annually, Saint Mary’s Press will choose someone with a particularly inspiring story of mercy to receive a $1,000 gift to help support their project of mercy. Bishop Frank offers a final word of encouragement as he reminds the sponsors that even the things we do with the best of intentions that don’t work out still give glory to God because we tried.