Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Jubilee of Mercy Dawns: "It is he who seeks us!"

The Jubilee of Mercy has dawned.

Some images captured from the video feed.

Pope Francis:

"This Extraordinary Year is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. It is he who seeks us! It is he who comes to encounter us! This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God's mercy. How much wrong do we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God's judgment will always be in the light of his mercy. In passing though the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love, of tenderness. Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things."

When Pope Francis opened that Holy Door and crossed that threshold, he brought with him my own sinful heart, redeemed by God's infinite mercy.

Deo gratias! Thanks be to God!

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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