Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB
Author: Mara Faulkener, OSB
Bryan Stevenson is a civil rights lawyer who has devoted his life to seeking justice for people on death row and those who have been unfairly imprisoned. He has written a great but harrowing book called Just Mercy. His title echoes Pope Francis’s conviction that justice without mercy is cold legalism, but mercy without diligent work for justice quickly sinks into easy, empty sentiment. In some ways practicing just mercy is simple. It begins with wanting for everyone the rights I want for myself and my loved ones—to learn; to earn a living wage; to live in freedom, peace, and safety; to build a good future for our children; to pursue happiness. Just mercy calls us to the hard but essential and sometimes joyful work of helping create a world where every woman, man, and child enjoys these rights.