Jubilee of Mercy — “Merciful like the Father”
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Opening of the Holy door of St. Peter’s Basilica to Closing of the Holy door of St. Peter’s Basilica
Let us rediscover
Corporal Works of Mercy
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Clothe the naked
- Welcome the stranger
- Heal the sick
- Visit the imprisoned
- Bury the dead
Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Counsel the doubtful
- Instruct the ignorant
- Amonish sinners
- Comfort the afflicted
- Forgive offenses
- Bear patiently those who do us ill
- Pray for the living and the dead
Misericordiae Vultus — Preparatory Letter from Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Servant of the Servants of God given at Saint Peter’s, on 11 April, the Vigil of the 2nd Sunday of Easter or the Sunday of Divine Mercy, in the year of our Lord 2015, the third of his Pontificate
>>>For His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136);
>>>God is a Father who never gives up until He has forgiven the wrong and overcome rejection with compassion and mercy (MV 8);
>>>God is love. This love has now been made visible and tangible in Jesus’ entire life. His person is nothing but love, a love given gratuitously (MV 8).
>>>Mercy is the foundation of the Church’s life (MV 10);
>>>Mercy is a criterion for ascertaining who are God’s true children (MV 9).
>>>It is time to return to basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope.
>>>How many times must I forgive? Seventy times seven (Mt 18:22; MV 9).
>>>To refrain from judgment and condemnation means, in a positive sense, to know how to accept the good in every person and to spare him any suffering that might be caused by our partial judgment, our presumption to know everything about him <-- But this is still not sufficient to express mercy. Jesus asks us also to FORGIVE and to GIVE.