Mavis had loved her uncle but she knew that he wasn’t a really honest man. After his death she spoke to a trusted priest friend. “Will he be in purgatory now? Can I pray for him?” He listened carefully and replied, “I don’t know how we can really get to understand God’s wisdom, love and mercy. We recognise a cycle of sin, repentance, forgiveness. But even if someone does not appear to repent we believe that mercy can somehow be transferred to another person. If only we could pass on such an understanding of God in all cases where disobedience and discipline are issues.”
God has consigned all men to disobedience that he may have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. From Romans 11:29-36.
Pope Francis: Mercy is not only the working of the Father, it becomes a criterion for knowing who his true children are. In a word we are called to show mercy because mercy was first shown to us. AL310