“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”
80. Mercy has two aspects. It involves giving, helping and serving others, but it also includes forgiveness and understanding. Matthew sums it up in one golden rule: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” (7:12). The Catechism reminds us that this law is to be applied “in every case”,especially when we are “confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult”.
 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1789; cf. 1970.
 Ibid., 1787.
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