In the new film “Face of Mercy,” narrated by Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ”), the Knights of Columbus present us with several stories of what mercy looks like. As the Year of Mercy comes to a close, we are left with looking back over the last year and thinking how we have or have not shown mercy to the world.
We often look for answers in the face of injustices — big and small. What does justice look like for a widow whose husband was murdered? Or for a young woman whose family was killed in the Rwandan genocide? What about injustices done to others when we feel powerless to help? If we look at our own lives, there are injustices big and small that seem as if there is no easy answer. This new film dives into the personal stories behind difficult moments such as these.
Divine Mercy is the mysterious answer to this daily experience of disillusionment, fear and injustice. Divine Mercy is a reminder of the reality of the person of Jesus Christ, of the gift of His love and mercy freely given to us. Mercy makes our love capable of forgiving. And only with forgiveness can we live justly with one another in our families, workplaces and towns.
“I often tell people that I am the poster child for Divine Mercy. I’ve hurt so many people and yet there is mercy for someone like me,” Fr. Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, says in the film’s trailer.
We have all had this feeling of hopelessness and shame about our mistakes. Pope Francis often embodies this face of Divine Mercy that reminds the world that there is more than just our mistakes and injustice, there is a tender and loving Father who seeks to love and bring healing to the brokenness of the world. Like Pope Francis, Saint John Paul II urged for the world to be renewed by God’s mercy. he said, “You are not the sum of your fears and failures, you are the sum of the Father’s love for you.”
The idea of Divine Mercy comes from the prayer life of Saint Faustina Kowalska of Poland. In the early 20th century, Christ revealed the importance of a devotion to Divine Mercy to this cloistered nun, just before many of the atrocities of the last century.
As this Year of Mercy draws to a close, take some time to contemplate where you see mercy in your daily life and especially in art. The great films are full of examples of this mysterious gift of mercy. “Les Miserables,” for example, looks at the interplay between light and dark, justice and mercy, death and life. For more movie suggestions about Divine Mercy, click here.
We here at Family Theater Productions are excited to watch this film and thankful to our colleagues at the Knights of Columbus for making use of media for evangelization.
Since Oct. 16th, it’s also been airing on selected ABC affiliates around the country — and a few haven’t aired it yet. Those airing it between now and the end of the broadcast window on Dec. 16 are (here’s the full broadcast schedule):
- KOCT/KOAT (Albuquerque-Santa Fe) — 10 a.m., MT, Dec. 10
- WICS/WICD (Champaign & Springfield-Decatur): 4 p.m. CT, Dec. 4
- WCHS (Charleston-Huntington): 1 p.m. ET, Dec. 11
- WOLO (Columbia, South Carolina): 1 a.m., ET Nov. 27
- WXYZ (Detroit) 2 p.m, ET Dec. 4
- KVIA (El Paso), 10 a.m. MT, Dec. 4
- WJET (Erie), 12 p.m. ET, Dec. 16
- WZVN (Fort Meyers-Naples) 1 p.m. ET, Dec. 4
- KHOG/KCBS (Fort Smith) 11 a.m. CT, Dec. 10
- WCTI (Greenville-North Bern-Washington) 5 p.m. ET, Dec. 3
- KRGV (Rio Grande Valley), 1 p.m. ET, Dec. 4
- KATC (Lafayette) 11:30 a.m. CT, Dec. 11
- KOMO (Seattle-Tacoma) 11 a.m. PT, Dec. 11
Image: Courtesy Knights of Columbus