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Misericordiae Vultus 25: Conclusion

Now we arrive at the end of the document proclaiming the Jubilee Year. Have any of you held back observations until now? Feel free to share them. 25. I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 24d: Turning to Saints

Saint Faustina comes to mind as the modern saint most associated with mercy: Our prayer also extends to the saints and blessed ones who made divine mercy their mission in life. I am especially thinking of the great apostle of … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 24abc: Turning to Mary

Of course, the Blessed Mother features in the thinking of Pope Francis. Indeed after the title of “Queen,” we address her second as “Mother of Mercy” in the Salve Regina. 24. My thoughts now turn to the Mother of Mercy. … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 23: Mercy Beyond the Church

Mercy is not unique to Christianity. Indeed, we’ve already seen our inheritance of mercy with centuries-old foundations in our parent religion. 23. There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the Church. It relates us to … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 22: Indulgence

God’s face of mercy includes a look at indulgences. Both meanings of the word come into play here, a very good exposition on the term: 22. A Jubilee also entails the granting of indulgences. This practice will acquire an even … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 21b: Beyond Justice

One thing that strikes me in this second half of section 21 is the premise that justice itself will be undone if it lacks mercy, if it is pursued for its own sake. What do you think? If God limited … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 21a: Mercy Not Opposed to Justice

Not convinced yet about mercy? Pope Francis suggests we turn our gaze at a prophet of the Old Testament: 21. Mercy is not opposed to justice but rather expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new … Continue reading

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