Jubilee Year of Mercy

Posted: 6/7/16 | by | Category: Uncategorized

At the beginning of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis gave a reflection called, “The Name of God is Mercy.” Soon after, an interview he gave was made into a book. People have shared their love of reading parts of the reflection and the interview. You don’t need to run out and by the book. I’d like to share a quotes with you here as we arrive at the halfway mark in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Church condemns sin, shows mercy to sinner – “The Church condemns sin because it has to relay the truth: ‘this is a sin’. But at the same time, it embraces the sinner who recognizes himself as such, it welcomes him, it speaks to him of the infinite mercy of God. Jesus forgave even those who crucified and scorned him.”

“To follow the way of the Lord, the Church is called on to dispense its mercy over all those who recognize themselves as sinners, who assume responsibility for the evil they have committed, and who feel in need of forgiveness. The Church does not exist to condemn people, but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy.”

“I often say that in order for this to happen, it is necessary to go out: to go out from the churches and the parishes, to go outside and look for people where they live, where they suffer, and where they hope. I like to use the image of a field hospital to describe this “Church that goes forth”. It exists where there is combat. It is not a solid structure with all the equipment where people go to receive treatment for both small and large infirmities. It is a mobile structure that offers first aid and immediate care, so that its soldiers do not die.”

“It is a place for urgent care, not a place to see a specialist. I hope that the Jubilee [The Holy Year of Mercy] will serve to reveal the Church’s deeply maternal and merciful side, a Church that goes forth toward those who are “wounded,” who are in need of an attentive ear, understanding, forgiveness, and love.”

As we prepare next week to honor all Fathers with our brunch and guest preacher, Deacon Sommerville, let us reflect on the Mercy of the Father that has been shown us in Christ Jesus and that we are called to show others. 

Father Kevin Regan
Holy Family Parish – Church and School

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