Heart of Mercy

I’m sure this will become plainly obvious, but this is my first ever blog. I am a rookie. I have just one year of college under my belt and virtually no background in journalism or filmmaking. After just one class with my new team, it became apparent to me that everyone has strengths in specific areas. It was easy to tell, even by just reading other members’ blogs, that everyone has something to bring to the team. It made me think. What can I bring to the team? I haven’t decided a major yet, and I don’t really have any special skills, but I do have a passion for theology. I love to analyze real world issues with a theological mindset. Theology is not something only of the past; it is not a history class. It is something that can help us work with real issues and real people. As a part of my love for theology, I strive to live out what I study in my own life.

The word mercy has appeared frequently in my prayers over the past week. I think it is very important that I approach this pilgrimage with a heart of mercy. I want to be able to understand the story we produce on an intellectual and spiritual level. We are working with real people with real stories, and I pray that I can have a merciful heart to fully grasp this experience. I do not know what to expect. I do not know what I will be able to tangibly provide this team, but I hope God can provide me with a heart of mercy so that I can be as present as possible in this awesome opportunity.

Breccan Vining gazing up at the Mary statue at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City, SD
Breccan Vining gazing up at the Mary statue at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City, SD

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear my prayer.

2 thoughts on “Heart of Mercy

  1. Matthew, being present and open are such important qualities for a trip like this. Your perspective will be a great one.

  2. Hi Matthew! Your writing already comes across so natural, so don’t let your inexperience worry you; you’ll be just fine, just be you! Also, riding off of what Carol said, your sense of openness already will definitely pave the way for a meaningful experience over the next few weeks. Can’t wait to follow along!

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