Misericordiae Vultus 15a: Healing Wounds

head of ChristSection 15 is important, and also long, so we’ll break it up and examine it over the next three days. First a reminder about a place to which we can make a pilgrimage of mercy:

15. In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates. How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care. Let us not fall into humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine that prevents us from discovering what is new! Let us ward off destructive cynicism! Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!

This is a strong litany of need. The Church does well to serve at these margins today. What more is needed? More material resources? Maybe upping personal and community tithes a few percent. But the Holy Father is certainly calling people into a position where they cannot close their eyes. That means accompaniment. Presence. Putting ourselves out there. The pilgrimage to the Holy Door leads through the frontiers and through opportunities to serve.

The highlighted text is © copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. You can find the document in its entirety on the Vatican website here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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