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Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Weber
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Book Description

When Jesus asked us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and visit the imprisoned, he didn’t mean it literally, right? Kerry Weber, a modern, young, single woman in New York City sets out to see if she can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in an authentic, personal, meaningful manner while maintaining a full, robust, regular life. Weber, a lay Catholic, explores the Works of Mercy in the real world, with a gut-level honesty and transparency that people of urban, country, and suburban locales alike can relate to. Mercy in the City is for anyone who is struggling to live in a meaningful, merciful way amid the pressures of “real life.”

For those who feel they are already overscheduled and too busy, for those who assume that they are not “religious enough” to practice the Works of Mercy, for those who worry that they are alone in their efforts to live an authentic life, Mercy in the City proves that by living as people for others, we learn to connect as people of faith.


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"Kerry Weber is one of the liveliest, brightest, most provocative and most articulate voices on the Catholic scene today.  With stories that are both profound and lighthearted (and often at the same time) her marvelous new book will help you locate mercy in your daily life.  This is that rare book that will indeed make you laugh and cry, but also pray and serve.  Highly recommended."
- James Martin, SJ author of My Life with the Saints and Jesus: A Pilgrimage



"With wit and wisdom, Kerry Weber  explores what mercy means in the everyday world. Her clear, spare style  reaches the heart and makes one seek just one more brief chapter before putting the book down. Weber focuses on Lent, but this literary treat holds  nuggets for all year long."
- Sister Mary Ann Walsh
Sister of Mercy of the Americas
Director of Media Relations, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops




"This engaging book will take you to the heart of what it means to try to practice mercy in a cruel world. It helps us to remember that so much of what we take for granted -- food, water to drink, clothing, and shelter -- are a luxury to many, even in a land of plenty. From a soup line and homeless shelter to death row on San Quentin, the author makes us see the humanity of those we'd prefer to ignore. And if you're looking for a book that cites both Basil the Great and 'The Muppets Take Manhattan,' this is for you!"
- Kathleen Norris, author of The Cloister Walk and Acedia and Me


"If 'change the world' is on your to do list, then Mercy in the City should be on your reading list. Kerry Weber's work is instructive, inspirational, filled with heart, and -- perhaps most importantly -- destined to rock your world. If you've ever desired to be Christ to those in need, but didn't quite know how to make it happen in the context of a busy schedule, this is the book for you!"
- Lisa M. Hendey, author of The Grace of Yes and founder of CatholicMom.com


"You feel hopeful, excited and inspired about Lent after reading her book. Moreover, you want to try and complete the Corporal Works of Mercy just like Kerry does. Her honesty about the challenges she faced and the realizations she reached is refreshing to read."
- Melissa Stevens, Catholic Relief Services



 “Kerry Weber’s Mercy in the City is a must-read book for any contemporary Christian, but especially those in their twenties or thirties, looking to connect with their faith in a practical way. Like Pope Francis, who has called us to refocus on the mercy of God, Weber makes this central Gospel principle tangible with her relatable, insightful, and at times humorous delivery. You will love this book and be challenged by it too!”
-- Daniel P. Horan, OFM, author, The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering 


"Though Catholic in tradition, Weber’s book is catholic in spirit, that is, it provides a vision of everyday saintliness lived out by one who sees herself as being far from saintly. This is its strength and its inspiration."
-- Bruce Epperly, Living A Holy Adventure

About the Author

Kerry Weber is a Mercy Associate and Managing Editor of America magazine. She is an alumna of the Mercy Volunteer Corps and of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0829438920
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (January 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRKXC9M
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy: A Charism for the 21st Century February 1, 2014
By KD
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This is a delightful and soul-stirring book. It is simultaneously light and easy to read, while being full of traditional wisdom from the saints. This book fits beautifully with Pope Francis' calls to mercy and service of the poor… certainly a happy coincidence of the Holy Spirit, because Kerry must have tackled the Corporal Works of Mercy as a Lenten project either prior to his election or at the very beginning of his pontificate.

Having been educated in an elementary school run by the Sisters of Mercy, it was a pleasure to read some of the quotes from their founder and grow in appreciation for how this charism must have affected my mother and grandmother. Both are women of mercy, who counted the sisters as friends and colleagues in the school. Though my grandmother passed 15 years ago, I felt like I was able to see a new layer in who she was- perhaps this mercy charism that was so present in our local church formed the saintly grandma that I knew more than I ever would have realized without this book.

I will be recommending this book to my college students and the parishioners- especially young adults- who are at the campus ministry center where I work. This book is a delight, and is the perfect length!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good and Greatly Needed! January 30, 2014
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If "change the world" is on your to do list, then "Mercy in the City" should be on your reading list. Kerry Weber's work is instructive, inspirational, filled with heart, and -- perhaps most importantly -- destined to rock your world. If you've ever desired to be Christ to those in need, but didn't quite know how to make it happen in the context of a busy schedule, this is the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it...highly recommend February 23, 2014
By LB1017
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Very well written. Thought-provoking and humorous. A combination not often found. Made me want to be a better Catholic but not in a manner that made me feel guilty or unworthy. Often, I felt as if Ms. Weber had crawled inside of my head with her questions about our faith and how to live it often mirroring my own. I am so glad to have found this book. What a 'near to Lent' blessing! Thank you for your words.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! February 11, 2014
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With compelling accounts from her own life, Kerry Weber superbly describes the joys and challenges of being an active Catholic young adult in New York City. Her Lenten journey of doing all the Corporal Works of Mercy made for an excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring January 12, 2014
By Anna
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I read this in one sitting and now want to go back and re-read.
Thank you Kerry for a refreshingly honest reflection on living mercy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and healthily provocative February 20, 2014
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It is a short book for good-hearted, or hoping-to-be goodhearted, people
who want to make the corporal works of mercy a part of their lives. Her
approach is honest-to-our-times and engaging. I will surely read it a
second time to develop my own path. Thanks, Kerry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book February 3, 2014
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This book makes me want to be a better person. It also is funny, poignant and inspiring.I love the style of writing and the sincere message. Great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read January 28, 2014
By Kathryn
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Mercy in the City arrived today and I read it in one sitting. It is a thoroughly delightful, lighthearted and inspiring look at a young, modern Catholic woman's approach to living the Corporal Works of Mercy. With the liturgical season of Lent fast approaching, Mercy in the City will serve as an inspiration to all who seek to live authentic lives of love and service to others and to those looking to grow spiritually during their Lenten journey. Kerry, thank you for a very witty, enlightening, entertaining and refreshing look at your Lenten experience and for the wonderful reminder that although the sacrifices required in choosing to live a Christian life today are challenging, the rewards are so much greater! A thoroughly enjoyable read! Thank you...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great book and it inspires you to want to do ...
We're using this book in a church group book discussion. Will start next week. It is a great book and it inspires you to want to do more for others.
Published 5 days ago by Karen Raye Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great model to put flesh and meaning to our lives as followers of Jesus.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Ranek
5.0 out of 5 stars The journey this story took was bookmarked between Ash Wednesday ...
The journey this story took was bookmarked between Ash Wednesday and the Easter Vigil liturgy. This urban exploration of the Corporal Works of Mercy within this context would be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terri M
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great gift to me
This book is an example of how we can incorporate the Works of Mercy into our busy every day lives. It was a great gift to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tylia Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the book because it is easy to read with ...
I like the book because it is easy to read with short chapters, and each chapter touched my heart in a special way.
Published 2 months ago by Joan Wierzba
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book, just enough humor, around a very good subject. Catholics looking for a way to impove their Lenten journeys, should read this book.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book, should have read it before the start of Lent.
Published 3 months ago by Robbi Migacz
4.0 out of 5 stars How to? I didn't see that. But a great "Couldn't you?"
I really enjoyed this book, though not for the reasons I bought it. The description led me to believe that it would focus more specifically on a collection of ready-to-implement... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TigerKnightPirate
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I really enjoyed this book. I wondered how anyone could possibly do all the works of mercy in one Lent. Kerry shows that it is possible if you set your mind to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Just4Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, Entertaining, Soulful
Kerry Weber's "Mercy in the City" is wonderful. I wish I could write something as terrific as this book. Funny, insightful, sad and soul-searchingly honest, Ms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Geoff Loftus
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More About the Author

Kerry Weber is the managing editor of America, the national, Catholic, weekly journal published by the Jesuits. She began her involvement with the Catholic press at 16, when she joined the summer staff of the diocesan newspaper and television program in Springfield, Mass. Following her graduation from Providence College, she spent one year as a full-time volunteer with the Mercy Volunteer Corps. Through MVC she worked as a special-education teacher in St. Michaels, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. Kerry then worked as an associate editor for Catholic Digest magazine before moving to New York City, where she earned a master's degree from the Columbia Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Kerry deepened her connection to the Mercy charism when she became a Mercy Associate with the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community. Her interests include Flannery O'Connor, Bruce Springsteen, hiking, tea, and sheep.

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