November 22, 2015 A View from the Rectory Window

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

December 8, 2015– November 20, 2016

Mercy

Soon you will discover, in our bulletin, a special Mercy Corner dedicated to a weekly column that will include updated information, links and calendar events for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, established by Pope Francis.

What is Mercy?

Father John Dominic Corbett, O.P., writing in the Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion, “Mercy is the form love takes when it meets misery.” What a beautiful description, and consider how Pope Francis is the absolute embodiment of this beautiful description.

Pope Francis gave us a great gift when he made his first visit to the United States in September. It was a gift, and for far too short a time. We were the sheep following our shepherd. We wanted to be close to him so he could guide us. He is now preparing to open a year filled with abundant graces.

What is a Jubilee Year?

The Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion defines it as follows:

In the Roman Catholic Tradition, a Holy Year, or Jubilee, is a great religious event. It is a year of forgiveness of sins, of reconciliation between adversaries of conversion and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and consequently of solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to see God with joy, in peace with our brothers and sisters. A Jubilee year is above all a year of Christ, who brings life and grace to humanity.

The upcoming Jubilee is a chance to grow closer to Christ and open our hearts to His inexhaustible mercy. The Holy Father wants us to be beacons of hope and mercy for others. It’s going to be an awe-inspiring year. Don’t miss the opportunity to grow in holiness.

May Christ’s followers show forth their love for the poor and the oppressed; may they be one with those in need and abound in works of mercy; may they be compassionate towards all, that they themselves may obtain indulgence and forgiveness from you.

                                                                                                                                    Saint John Paul II