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Even after achieving our most lofty goals, we are sometimes left confused by the emptiness we feel. We check the boxes. We fill our calendars. We get the promotion. We buy the bigger house. Yet there is still an unquenchable longing deep within us.

Simple Mercies: How the Works of Mercy Bring Peace and Fulfillment offers an alternative. You can be the person God created you to be by loving and serving others through the works of mercy. By doing so, we are assured the peace and fulfillment that doesn’t come from the world, but from the love of God and neighbor.

With her accessible, everyday approach to life, writer, mom, and volunteer, Lara C. Patangan helps us realize that our everyday compassion makes a difference in exponential ways and that mercy always matters. Practicing mercy isn’t a passive way of renewal; rather, engaging in transformative acts of service empowers us to fulfill our purpose to love and serve God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

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Here’s what people have to say…


Simple Mercies touches your heart and funny bone in equal measure and demonstrates through Patangan’s experiences as a wife, mother and Catholic that the call to serve is answered through encounters of mercy in everyday life, “amidst the pots and pans”

-Jim Towey, former U.S. Legal Counsel to Saint Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity


Lara Patangan does not just write about mercy; she lives it.  Simple Mercies is her personal testimony to the peace and fulfillment that she has found through the works of mercy.  As she testifies, meaning in life is best found not by doing, having, and achieving, but by loving our neighbors and caring for those in need.

-Most Rev. Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine


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