True Mercy and False Sentimentality: An Address
We hear much of mercy, which in its Latin original is derived from miser (sad) and cordia (heart). In his one question in the Summa on mercy, Saint Thomas Aquinas states that mercy derives from our being moved with pity at the sight of another’s suffering, to feel compassion for them, with a desire to alleviate whatever evil is afflicting them. This mercy is all the more intense the more we fell connected to the other, to the point even of feeling the sadness as our very own.
So far so good, but there are two things to be warned of