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Misericordiae Vultus 15b: Works of Mercy

The Holy Father gives a summary of the traditional fourteen works of mercy It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 15a: Healing Wounds

Section 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, … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 14: Pilgrimage

We encounter a traditional practice in section 14: 14. The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 13: Mercy as a Lifestyle

This section strikes me as something of a pivot in the document. We’ve been primed with an introduction, some background in Scripture, and a certain continuity with Pope John Paul II. If the jubilee has a subtitle or a “theme,” … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 12: The Beating Heart of the Gospel

Mercy is one topic which needs repeated presentation. 12. The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person. The … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 11: John Paul II, Rich in Mercy

Like Pope Francis, St John Paul II wrote on mercy quite early in his papacy. I was not aware of such writings in those college days of mine. If you check the links in the highlighted text, you’ll see it … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 10: The Foundation of the Church’s Life

The very credibility of Christianity is at stake. It is a credibility not based on a more logical set of truths than someone else, or on a lineage of leadership. It is about the imitation of Christ. 10. Mercy is … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9d: Summarizing the Gospel of Mercy

Let’s summarize the parables of the past two days. This last paragraph deserves careful attention: As we can see in Sacred Scripture, mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. He does not limit himself merely to … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9bc: Forgiveness in Matthew’s Gospel

Luke 15 does not exhaust the Lord’s imagination when it comes to preaching mercy. An apostle inquires about limits. It’s a very human question. We are confronted with people who continually disappoint us. What is our stance? From another parable, … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9a: Luke 15

In addition to the live encounters between Jesus and the needy, the Lord also testifies to divine mercy through parables. These stories reveal a deeper truth, and we should attend to them carefully, looking to all levels of the narratives. … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 8: The Relationships of Jesus

The opening sentence of this section we imagine a face-to-face relationship with the Lord. 8. With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity. The mission Jesus received from the … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 7: Psalm 136

The Psalter’s grand litany of mercy is one of three common psalms for Easter. It should not surprise us that the Church surfaces an expression of gratitude and mercy as a song of praise in response to the Lord’s triumph … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 6: Mercy is Proper

Pope Francis calls upon the Angelic Doctor to bolster the case for mercy. Mercy is not for wimps–but that notion is stated in a more theological way: 6. “It is proper to God to exercise mercy, and he manifests his … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 5: The Jubilee Ends

We won’t quite get a calendar year of mercy, but it will be close: 5. The Jubilee year will close with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. On that day, as we seal the Holy Door, … Continue reading

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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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