Sunday, June 25, 2017 UTC



“In the Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae vultus. . . , Pope Francis declared that the Jubilee of Mercy will begin on December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and conclude on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe).  Similarly, the Holy Father strongly desires this Jubilee celebration of mercy to be lived out in the daily lives of the faithful, and all who turn to God for compassionate love and mercy.” “In Misericordiae vultu. . . s, Pope Francis emphasizes the need for the Church and all her members to live out the loving mercy that God has for us.  Our response to God’s loving mercy towards us is to act in that same way to all those we meet.  The Holy Father reminds us that “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.  All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy.  The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love” (MV, 10. . . ).  As members of the Body and Christ, our lives should reflect this witness of mercy to those we meet on a daily basis.”

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