Posts Tagged ‘#EncounterMercy’

The Jubilee of Mercy: A Time of Renewal, Blessing and Grace

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.  Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, while I opened a Holy Door at our local Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, […] [Read more]

Pope Francis’ Teaching and Witness of Mercy

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Blessed Pope Paul VI observed that people in today’s world are more likely to listen “to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41). In this Jubilee of Mercy that concludes soon, on November 20, the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis […] [Read more]

The Testimony of Mercy of Saint John Paul II

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis pointed specifically to his holy predecessor, saying, “Let us not forget the great teaching offered by Saint John Paul II in his second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia,” explaining that he had highlighted how the theme of mercy in today’s cultural milieu has been largely forgotten (Misericordiae […] [Read more]

Faith and Trust in the Goodness of God: The Mercy of Christian Hope

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Mercy, said Pope Francis in proclaiming this Jubilee Year, is “the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever,” it is “the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope” (Misericordiae Vultus, 2, 10).   Noting […] [Read more]

Missionaries of Mercy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

On Ash Wednesday, we set out on a forty-day penitential journey toward Christ’s Cross and Resurrection and the new life that he brings us. That same day, Pope Francis sent forth several hundred Missionaries of Mercy – priests from around the world to whom he gave a special mandate to be heralds and instruments of […] [Read more]

The Mercy of God is From Age to Age

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to […] [Read more]

The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Pope Francis has offered a special gift to all of us in the Church and in the world – a Jubilee Year of Mercy which will begin on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and run through November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Receiving this gift of God’s loving […] [Read more]