Especially through His lifestyle and through His actions,
Jesus revealed that love is present
in the world in which we live:
an effective love,
a love that addresses itself to man
and embraces everything that makes up his humanity.
This love makes itself particularly noticed
in contact with suffering, injustice and poverty,
in contact with the whole historical "human condition,"
which in various ways manifests man's limitation and frailty,
both physical and moral.
It is precisely the mode and sphere
in which love manifests itself
that in biblical language is called "mercy."
~John Paul IIDives in Misericordia (1980), #3