Timothy Brunk is associate professor of theology at Villanova University. He teaches courses in sacramental theology and in pastoral care of the sick. His major research focus at present is the interplay of consumer culture and sacramental worship. A number of articles on the topic are in print and a book is in the works.

I have mercy on the brain.

Too much of God’s mercy is never enough for human sinners, but does requesting God’s mercy nine or more times in the space of an hour or so help or hurt the cause of recovering a sense of sin? Do calls for God’s mercy sink into my / your / our bones or do they become background noise so that less might be more?

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