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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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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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