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Mercy in the City ➶ [Reading] ➸ Mercy in the City By Kerry Weber ➫ – When Jesus asked us to feed the hungry give drink to the thirsty and visit the imprisoned he didn’t mean it literally right Kerry Weber a modern young single woman in New York City sets out to see i When Jesus asked us to feed the hungry give drink to the thirsty and visit the imprisoned he didn’t mean it literally right Kerry Weber a modern young single woman in New York City sets out to see if she can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in an authentic personal meaningful manner while Mercy in Kindle - maintaining a full robust regular life Weber a lay Catholic explores the Works of Mercy in the real world with a gut level honesty and transparency that people of urban country and suburban locals alike can relate to Mercy in the City is for anyone who is struggling to live in a meaningful merciful way amid the pressures of “real life”For those who feel they are already overscheduled and too busy for those who assume that they are not “religious enough” to practice the Works of Mercy for those who worry that they are alone in their efforts to live an authentic life Mercy in the City proves that by living as people for others we learn to connect as people of faith.

10 thoughts on “Mercy in the City

  1. El El says:

    I just remembered today that I was supposed to read this book for tomorrow for this thing I'm doing this semester at the university where I work I believe my actual words to that reminder of this assignment was Well that's not going to happenThere's to this story But the point is I sat down with it tonight and because of Weber's easy breezy way of writing and the fact that it's less than 200 pages I was able to read this in just a couple hours finishing just in time to meet my regular bedtime I made it happenLonger review to come at a later timeLater time So there's this thing I do at the university where I work that involves a group of faculty and staff choosing to sit together once a month in a room with a nun and talk about Catholicism in the world today the history of Catholicism and the role of Catholicism in our university a Catholic institutionNo I'm not Catholic But I loved this little group I learned a lot and importantly it was just a nice environment to be in because no one proselytized or tried to convert anyone else It was a nice and safe conversational spaceWe talk a lot about Mercy at the university what does it mean? are we being Merciful? Can we do better for each other and our students?Reading this book was one of the last assignments It's a uick read which is good because as previously stated I didn't get to it until the night before we met to discuss it But I was able to read it in one sitting and discuss it with the group without feeling like a failureThe book itself was a bit superficial than I expected The author decided that for Lent one year she was going to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy And then she wrote about her experiences It's not that the idea is bad but I'm always a little suspect whenever someone does something from a place of religion but then wants to write a book about it That's just me I get that I also found some of her choices for how to fulfill the Works a little uestionable Give drink to the thirsty turned into handing out water at a marathon for example It's not that runners don't get thirsty but I feel there are better ways of providing water to people who are unable to provide for themselves than that Not to mention the extra cups of water was just dumped on the ground at the end of race instead of oh I don't know handing them out to people who need it Most of the other Works were handled better than that which made the water one especially feel like Weber was just ticking boxes off of a list she hadIf you pick this book up looking for a checklist on how to accomplish the things mentioned in the subtitle you will be disappointed That's not what this book is and that's okay What Weber does is show her readers that everyone can accomplish the Corporal Works if they are so inclined no matter what their lives are like It just takes a little time energy and at times ingenuity It can be a part of your everyday life Which of course is obvious and we don't need a 20 something telling us But reminders are never a bad thing eitherThe reminder that people don't often talk about however is that you can do all of those things and not be religious It's good to be a good person even for no other reason than it's just well good to be a good personIt's a fine book but certainly not something I would have picked up on my own But anyway go be good people and if you're not sure how to be a good person maybe this book can help you Though I encourage you to look inside and look around your community if you really don't know how you can show mercy

  2. Katy Katy says:

    I really enjoyed this slim book of witty and wise essays on living out mercy in an urban environment The stories take place during Lent so it would be great to read then

  3. John John says:

    Without much hard evidence to back up the following statement I will say that there seems to be books written about Catholics in the 20 30 year old demographic than by and for that population Kerry Weber is one of the rare exceptions giving voice to this generation of young lay Catholics trying to establish their lives in a secular world while staying true to their faith amid the balance of relationships career and the rest of life’s mundane responsibilities In “Mercy in the City” Kerry chronicles her attempts at living out the seven Corporal Works of Mercy as part of her Lenten observations To recap those are Jesus’ commandments to feed the hungry give drink to the thirsty clothe the naked shelter the homeless visit the sick visit the imprisoned and bury the dead Along the way Kerry discovers that some of these works are difficult to find inroads to in our modern world while other opportunities are all around us in places we may not even recognize As one of Kerry’s friends puts it “So you’re pledging to do stuff you should be doing anyway?” However the lesson we learn through Kerry's example is that we all should be doing these works but how many of us are? The book is sprinkled with her wit and insight throughout I found myself reading with highlighter in hand to capture some of her notable observations Perhaps my favorite was “at the heart of the Corporal Works of Mercy is making yourself available to those in need even when it isn’t convenient even when you don’t expect it” I love how Kerry drops pop culture references into her serious reflections the Muppets make than one appearance and she makes little side comments that can only be classified as #CatholicHumor I look forward to pestering all of my Catholic friends in the young adult crowd to pick up a copy of “Mercy in the City” and join Kerry Weber in the journey that she invites us all to accompany her on

  4. Claire Gilligan Claire Gilligan says:

    Short and sweet And nicely writtenAt first I was disappointed that it was as fluffy as it was which mostly means that I'm not the target audience but this turned out to be a nice Lenten devotion as well as some good stories Premise is that she sets out to do all the Corporal Works of Mercy during Lent one yearThe author has a wonderful ability to take a mundane moment and point out the obvious now that you mention it parallels to the spiritual life in a way that somehow avoids coming across as heavy handed Those are definitely the highlights of the bookA lot of people tell good stories She told a pretty good story but told it very well Worth a uick read for sure

  5. kav (xreadingsolacex) kav (xreadingsolacex) says:

    I don't feel comfortable rating this book so I'll just leave my thoughts here a simple as possibleThis book wasn't for me but I could see how it could appeal to some

  6. Denise Denise says:

    I agree with others that this book is not a deep book and it would have been nice to see Weber share a bit deeply the impact of her Lenten experience However I think she did a great job planting a seed for all of us I am not Catholic but I certainly appreciate all that she shares about her spirituality I am challenged to think differently and start doing what we have been commanded to do intentionally in my life I think she makes some great statements that should give us all pause And as I reread that list of works I realized the path of mercy was one I needed to walk deliberately I loved reading about her experience at the homeless shelter and the prison Her honesty also adds a lot to what she she shares not once does she present herself as holy or having it all together Definitely worth a read let this book be the start of something beautiful in your life

  7. Emily Emily says:

    A little bit of background I received this book as an Easter maybe also Lent present from my mom I've consistently struggled since age 12 with my Catholic upbringing and how to involve it in my life I don't really believe in God and I could go on for days about injustices the Catholic Church has perpetuated throughout the ages not to mention in modern times Despite all of this I'm called by Catholic social teaching the catholic worker movement and liberation theology Kerry Weber gives an honest portrayal of the earnest steps she takes to continue her religious and moral journey This book is relatable and articulates the struggles faced by people wanting to help others in a humorous fashion There are several little gems in this book about the ruts we fall into when trying to serve communities I'll probably revisit this book when I want to shake up my thinking and routine and make sure I'm not becoming complacent or complicit in harming othersWeber does bring with her an ostensibly privileged background but engages in breaking down her own stereotypes and biases regarding homeless people and incarcerated folks She could work on her treatment of the mentally ill the only mention of mental illness was pointing out her internal dichotomy of homeless individuals as crazy or Christ like and then relaying an anecdote about a man with schizophrenia punching her boyfriend in the face I know how challenging it is to break down preconceived notions but people with mental illness do not need to be portrayed as violent any longer when rates of violence are the same among people with mental illness and neurotypical peopleOverall I'd recommend this to young Catholics to remind them that the Church is accessible and that there are people who work hard each day to be better and help others

  8. Lauren Lauren says:

    I received this as a gift from my old church one Easter who knows how long ago I'm not sure why but last time I was home something drew me to it in my to read pile so I threw it in my bag before running to catch my plane Unlike other books the church has given as gifts over the years this one doesn't thrust Catholicism down your throat as much as the others did I'd say that's why I enjoyed it but if I did I'd be lyingI found it very easy to relate to the authornarrator in a weird way She's clearly far in tune with her religious life than I ever claim to be but I found myself having some of the same problems she did and she really inspired me to try and work harder to improve them While I never specifically set out to complete the Corporal Works of Mercy I was always very active within my community but it fell to the wayside after I graduated college It wasn't because I became any less charitable with my time but that I didn't have the opportunities available to me that I once did Organizations seem far comfortable looking to schools and churches for help but churches aren't always the best about letting people know about these opportunitiesI'm getting side tracked though Weber has an excellent little paperback on her hands She makes herself relatable as an author and doesn't alienate non Catholics in her writing despite some strong religious overtones This book is of a spiritual journey with some self discovery as opposed to outright religious propaganda This could have been written by someone in any of the religious denominations under the Christian umbrella and until some things are mentioned specifically you almost forget which one actually is writing itI think it also gives some nice insight into Catholicism for those curious about the religion not necessarily for conversion purposes but for general knowledge about your basic Catholic Not the ones in the papers good or bad just your normal every day Catholic I definitely recommend this to anyone who feels a little stuck or who is looking for a way to reconnect with their former charitable self It's a very calming read and may give some an unexpected reprieve in these stressful times

  9. Theresa Theresa says:

    When I began to read I was brought back to my early memories of practicing Lent Weber however explains that 'giving up' something for Lent means using the ABSENCE of something desirable beer sweets to make one mindful of the PRESENCE of people we come across all the time who might need a hand She decides to focus on feeding the hungry giving drink to the thirsty not her beer clothing the naked sheltering the homeless visiting the sick burying the dead the corporal works of mercy as her focus for the forty days preceding Easter Then she needs to figure out how to do that in NYC while doing her work socializing with friends looking into online dating possibilities and just living her ordinary life Her style is light and breezy and good hud and she makes her point without drama in a credible way This is not your New Year's Resolution or some sentimental do gooder exercise This is figuring out how to live her faith in today's world in the setting that she is in I had doubts when I began reading because intentional inspirational reading is not my thingBut well I rated it five stars Well done Kerry Weber

  10. Pam Cipkowski Pam Cipkowski says:

    Kerry Weber is the managing editor of America Magazine and she set out to perform the corporal works of mercy feed the hungry clothe the naked visit the sick and those in prison etc during Lent As a 30 something Millennial Weber discusses the difficulties of fitting in volunteer work with a busy work schedule a social life and dating She doesn't want to make this effort to complete the works of mercy look like a marathon or a stunt or make her seem overly pious and insincere to family and friends But how she asks does one make the works of mercy count without burning out?Weber's journey is interesting She works a breadline spends the night in a men's shelter visits San uentin Prison and interviews gravediggers She also manages to sponsor a friend through the Catholic Church's Rite of Christian Initiation and go on a few dates during this whole process While this is a somewhat lighthearted look at performing the Works of Mercy Weber manages to provide some insightful thought as she endeavors to complete her task She comes to realize that it's just not about consciously going out and doing this work at the heart of the Corporal Works of Mercy is making yourself available to those in need even when it isn't convenient even when you don't expect it I need to recommit to this I think She also uotes Teddy Roosevelt when trying to answer that uestion of How can I possibly do this amidst my busy life? by reiterating Roosevelt's words of Do what you can with what you have where you are

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