Lent 2016: “Mercy shall bud forth”


“Mercy shall bud forth” Painting: Ronald Raab, CSC 2016

Mercy shall bud forth…


Out of darkness, light shall shine.

Out of pain, healing shall mend the heart.

Out of sin, forgiveness will offer hope.

Out of abuse, love shall lead the way.

Out of hatred, kindness will embrace us.

Out of poverty, abundance breaks through.

Out of violence, peace will console us.

Out of death, life will rise forth.

Out of the earth, spring will blossom again.

2 thoughts on “Lent 2016: “Mercy shall bud forth”

  1. Awesome painting and poem! It is an expansion of one of my favorite verses. John 1:5
    “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

  2. Fr Raab, I needed this post. Thank you. I found a lump that is to be removed this Friday. I have asked friends and family to pray the prayer posted with the painting for me. It is my unexpected sacrifice and offering to Christ the lent. Please say a special prayer for me for strength. I have no energy and am extremely fatigued most of the time. I beg God daily for a spurt of energy just to get through the day. Please pray for me


    Dana Lamaster Fort Wayne Indiana


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