Mercy in the City
How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job
by Kerry Weber
"Kerry Weber is one of the liveliest, brightest, most provocative and most articulate voices on the Catholic scene today."
—James Martin, SJ and author, My Life with the Saints and Jesus: A Pilgrimage
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 and meaningful way while maintaining a full, robust, regular life.
"For me, mercy is a sort of mindset in which I open myself up to being moved by God’s love and give of myself in ways that, hopefully, embody that love."
"This engaging book will take you to the heart of what it means to try to practice mercy in a cruel world."—Read what Kathleen Norris, Fr. James Martin, and others are saying about Weber's new book.
After only two early mornings, I am already starting to feel tired, and I'm still not sure where this Lenten journey is taking me or how much I'll be helping anyone.
Book Club Manager Deborah Arca talks with Kerry Weber about the challenges of Lent and living out our faith in an exclusive video interview here.
Weber's stories of sacrifice on the subway, of volunteering at a Catholic Worker Movement house in the city, and of sleeping in a church basement with a dozen homeless men thrill with their bold simplicity.
What is striking about Weber’s account, though, and which makes me certain to place it in someone’s hands before this academic year is over, is that she is no moral therapeutic deist.
Jessica Mesman Griffith
Weber’s mercy casts a wide net ... but each work proves transformative. We discover at her side that the distance between us and those who need us is really not so great.
The same God Who authored all life, tells us to honor life by caring for one another, especially when it’s not easy and it costs us something.
There is a genuineness to Kerry, but also a joy and a zest, that makes me want more of what she’s got in her life.
Kerry keeps coming back to the bedrock idea that this Lenten experience will genuinely change who she is. To paraphrase, what happens in Lent won’t stay in Lent.
Bruce G. Epperly
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.
Reading this book, I was struck by the communal nature of Weber’s Lenten discipline. Her book helped me look at a gap in my spiritual life, but I’m still at a loss on how to fill it.
Kerry’s adventurous pursuit of practicing mercy has made her life anything but boring.