Jesus is the face of the Father’s Mercy
–Pope Francis

Faces of Mercy - logoWe are called to see Christ in every person in need. When we act in mercy, it is Christ who receives these gifts, even as it is his love which empowers those who give. Mercy is not an abstract concept but exists with a specific face–Christ in both the individual who gives and receives. Feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the imprisoned are all works of mercy which show compassion for the Body and have traditionally been known as the Corporal Works of Mercy. These acts of mercy bring relief to those who suffer, but they also provide hope: hope for change, hope for relationships, and hope for a restoration of culture. Every small act of compassion is a building block in the construction of Christ’s kingdom.

Together the pieces in this exhibit–featuring artists Bryn Gillette, Sergio Gomez, Bruce Herman, Edward Knippers, Jason Leith, Michelle Arnold Paine, Melissa Weinman, and Jean Wetta–show our interconnectedness, how another’s need becomes our opportunity to pray, to extend mercy, and to grow in faith and in relationship. May each viewer’s heart be softened towards his or her neighbor, and towards Jesus, who is “the face of the Father’s Mercy.”

Curated by Michelle Arnold Paine, this exhibit launched in January 2017. To learn more about renting a CIVA show, please contact exhibitions@civa.org. See the schedule below for available dates. For a complete list of other exhibits see CIVA Traveling Exhibits.

Travel Schedule

Retirement show: January 20–March 10, 2018
Gordon College Art Department
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984-1813
Contact: Bruce Herman

November 7–December 9, 2017
Rivier University
420 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Contact: Sr. Theresa Couture

September 18–November 1, 2017
Jubliee Museum
57 South Grubb Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Contact: Shawn Kenney

April 17–May 17, 2017
Wilshire Baptist Church
4316 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75214
Contact: Mark Wingfield

March 10–April 7, 2017
St. George’s Anglican Church
217 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact: Michael Porter

January 21–February 17, 2017
Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Contact: Jason Leith