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Misericordiae Vultus 4bc: Opening and Closing the Council

Mercy was part of Pope John’s opening address back in 1962; mercy trumps severity: We recall the poignant words of Saint John XXIII when, opening the Council, he indicated the path to follow: “Now the Bride of Christ wishes to use … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 4a: Vatican II

There is an important link between Vatican II and the jubilee: 4. I have chosen the date of 8 December because of its rich meaning in the recent history of the Church. In fact, I will open the Holy Door … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 3: The Jubilee Opens

Why a jubilee? The first paragraph explains it: 3. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 2: Contemplating Mercy

Pope Francis urges us to look at mercy. It is something we must contemplate–that is, bring to our inner places, our mind and heart, and to encounter it in something different from a clinical and calculating mode. It is also a quality … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 1: Face of the Father’s Mercy

Roman documents are known by the first few words of the Latin text. “Misericordiae vultus” refers to the “face of mercy.” Pope Francis means the face of Jesus which reveals to human beings what God thinks of us, loves in … Continue reading

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Face of Mercy

The introductory document for the Jubilee of Mercy is up here at the Vatican site. We will be devoting some time to this piece … eventually. I’m finding little time to write these days. Just in a cursory reading, a few … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: No Secrets, and a Mission

Tomorrow, we get a second pause in a long liturgical season of purple. Nine months before Christmas, we start a countdown to the Nativity, and if your parish is on the ball, you might even get to sing the Gloria. … Continue reading

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