If you keep your wealth, you will not enjoy having it, if you give it away, you will have it." (Basil the Great 1857: 284C) The latter are advised by this Father of the Church not to consider mercifulness
a burden, a sort of expense or consumption, but as a reward and income.
It is filled with benevolence and is under God's mercifulness
. Although the perfect kingdom of God appears later, still the world is not out of his dominion.
"They called his mother who is already very ancient and weak in health and so brutally flogged her, so it was unknown whether she would survive this beating for a whole week and me his wife [they treated] in the same manner, so that I could not even walk--they have wronged [us], they do wrong [us], and now they have already ruined us completely, having taken from us the key to the storeroom, [they] stole and sold all the grain acquired for food." And finally, she defended her husband, claiming that "there have been no petitions from anyone against him for any official business to your mercifulness
, and he is not a drunk, but always ready from his pious labors to pay his master without any delay every duty." (23)
These were: Truthfulness, Honesty, Gratitude, Loyalty, Reasonability, Fairness, Mercifulness
, and Patience.
It is noticeable that Ramadan is marked with a sense of mercifulness
(35) Ecologically beneficial virtues include humility, modesty, moderation, and mercifulness
Probably none rivals it for mercifulness
. As a bold Georgia legislator pointed out about 10 years ago, it would even allow convicts to donate organs.
K, Coercion, Guidance and Mercifulness
: The Different Influences of Ethics Programs on Decision-Making, Journal of Business Ethics, 27, 1/2, 2000, pp.
As intercessors, in the case of wives of great lords or kings, they enhanced the public image of their husbands by providing them with opportunities to show the Christian attribute of mercifulness
without displaying weakness.
The vengeful are insisting that mercifulness
has entered the souls of those who so often show none.
by the end of the story, he passes the message over to the wedding guest, that mercifulness
is better than hostility:
Not only did they postulate the existence of the one God, who was all goodness and mercifulness
, but they abandoned the basic Middle Eastern notion of a humankind created as an army of servants.