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Misericordia et Misera 16: Mercy As An Open Door

Some optimism from Pope Francis as we leave behind the Jubilee. Is he justified? Can he hope that believers will choose to imitate God’s loving mercy to our sisters and brothers? 16. The Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 15: At The Hour Of Death

Pope Francis addresses a moment of human misery we all inevitably share: physical death. Many human instincts rebel against death. Even in our “enlightened” age, we deny it, avoid it, and put it off as much as possible. Innocent aspirations … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 14: Careful, Profound, Far-Sighted Discernment

At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. Follow this link for the full document, Misericordia et Misera. When in troubled times, two instincts come to the fore. One, people can be chided. Two, … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 13: Consolation

At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. Follow this link for the full document, Misericordia et Misera. Significant sections of two major prophetic books, Jeremiah and Isaiah, are devoted to the message of … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 12: An Extension of Penance Faculties

One notable bit picked up by various media from the Mercy Jubilee was the faculty to forgive abortions. This faculty continues from here on out: 12. Given this need, lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God’s … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 11: Other Penance Practices

We continue looking at Pope Francis teaching on the Sacrament of Penance in his recent apostolic letter. His reflection in section 11 begins with Saint Paul’s personal awareness of sin, a theme in at least four of his letters to early … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 10: Confessors Preparing

At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. Some of it was devoted to handling the Sacrament of Penance. Do priests just pop in when penitents are scheduled to arrive? Should be more, according … Continue reading

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