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The Catholic Truth Book Review: Pope Benedict’s Divine Mercy Mandate by David Came

Most people are familiar with Pope John Paul II’s devotion to Divine Mercy. In fact, he was so linked with that devotion that he is often referred to as “The Mercy Pope”. In the book Pope Benedict’s Divine Mercy Mandate (2009, Marian Press), author David Came outlines the current pontiff’s reflections on Divine Mercy and its importance to his pontificate.

In his address to the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI left no doubt about his feelings toward Divine Mercy as he stated, “I address my cordial greeting which now becomes a mandate: go forth and be witnesses of God’s mercy, a source of hope for every person and for the whole world.” This message was actually nothing new for Pope Benedict, who expressed “deep gratitude for Divine Mercy” in his first address as Pope on April 20, 2005.

The author contends that, in his time as Pope, Benedict has stressed that the main expression of Divine Mercy is our salvation, which was brought about by the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Numerous quotes from Benedict and John Paul II are used to support this theory as well as the assertion that Divine Mercy is the central message of the Gospel.

I found this book easy to read, yet chock full of informative material. Especially helpful are the author’s suggestions for responding to God’s Divine Mercy in each of our lives. You will find this book difficult to put down and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to explore the concept of Divine Mercy in greater detail.

(This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Pope Benedict’s Divine Mercy Mandate.)

One Comment

  1. rachael says:

    thanks for the book review i think i will gwt that at some point an tell you my thoughts.rachael morris

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