Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Pope Francis I has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The Year of Mercy, beginning on December 8, 2015, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council will come to an end on November 20, 2016.
Mercy is a disposition to be kind and forgiving. It is founded on compassion. It differs from compassion or the feeling of sympathy in putting this feeling into practice with a readiness to assist. It is therefore the ready willingness to help anyone in need, especially in need of pardon or reconciliation.
Speaking on the matter of the "Year of Mercy," Pope Francis stated: "When such a woman (who had an abortion) has repented and seeks absolution in the Sacrament of Confession, he said, 'the forgiveness of God cannot be denied.'" Catholic mercy has no boundary! It forgives all sins. True and pure mercy, Divine mercy, is found in the Sacrament of Confession, where the Lord Jesus, through His priest, forgives the sins of all sinners, especially the worst of sinners. Such a mercy is not only in words, but also in action.
When Jesus spoke of mercy in Matthew 18:23-35, He taught us that those who receive mercy are expected to pass that mercy on to others. He spoke of the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. He took pity on the one servant who could not repay him and canceled his debt, letting him go. [Mt. 18:27]
That same servant had a fellow servant who owed him a hundred silver coins. He demanded to be repaid. When the man could not repay him immediately, he had the man thrown into prison until the debt was paid. [Mt. 18:31]
When the king heard of this, he said, “Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” “In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.” [Mt. 18:33-34] Jesus said, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” [Mt. 18:35]
So you see my brothers and sisters in Christ, mercy is not just the act of receiving, it also includes the act of passing on that mercy towards others.
May the virtue of Divine mercy shine upon all of you.
Catholic Doors Ministry
P.O. Box 7615
S7K 4R4, Canada
November 30, 2015
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