The Quality of Mercy

What is Mercy? In this essay offered by Lee Van Laer – we can see it from many perspectives. Shakespeare calls it an attribute to God himself, and according to the Sufi’s mercy is God’s greatest and most powerful quality. Van Laer points out that, “In practical terms, Mercy isn’t just an idea or a concept; in its metaphysical and esoteric sense, it’s a substance.That is to say, it’s of a material nature, and we human beings have the potential to participate in the sensation of that tangible substance.”