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October 6, 2017 § 4 Comments

“The quality of mercy is not strain’d
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes;
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.”  —  William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I

“The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent — strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering. It has the power to heal the cycle of psychic harm and injuries that lead to aggression and violence, abuse of power, mass incarceration.”  —  Bryan Stevenson

“If you want peace, work for justice.”  —  Pope Paul VI


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