"The present-day mentality, more perhaps than that of people in the
past, seems opposed to a God of mercy, and in fact tends to exclude
from life and to remove from the human heart the very idea of mercy.
The word and the concept of 'mercy' seem to cause uneasiness in man,
who, thanks to the enormous development of science and technology,
never before known in history, has become master of the earth and
has subdued and dominated it. This dominion over the earth,
sometimes understood in a one-sided and superficial way, seems to
leave no room for mercy..."
~ from The Mercy of God
"God, who in
creating saw that His creation was good, is the source of joy for
all creatures, and above all for humankind. God the Creator seems to
say of all creation: 'It is good that you exist.' And His joy
spreads especially through the 'good news,' according to which good
is greater than all that is evil in the world,,,, Creation was given
and entrusted to humankind as a duty, representing not a source of
suffering but the foundation of a creative existence in the world."
Crossing the Threshold of Hope