2 1/2 hours of excellent advice from the very top canonists in the Church throughout Rome this morning. I am indebted to them. I thank them. More on this in future posts.
The above painting is in the room where, I guess, plenary sessions are held.
At this point, the number of hours of advice I’ve received is pretty much uncountable. Some of it was inconsistent, some contradictory, but generally speaking I am pushed in a certain direction and have to move forward.
What I have decided is, of course, what you would expect. Mercy and law are complementary of each other. Mercy is based on justice, as is law. Interesting, no?
Jesus, standing in our stead, taking the punishment we deserve because of sin, therefore has the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.
If there is a mysterium iniquitatis, there is also a mysterium misericordiae.
And that’s why Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.