The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us.

God desires our wellbeing and wants to see us happy, full of joy and peaceful.
(Pope Francis)



 

Unpack what it means to receive and share God’s mercy in real life by exploring a quality of God’s mercy each week: generosity, humility, gentleness, communication, patience, forgiveness, and hopefulness. A daily email offers a different perspective on this aspect of mercy, using reflections, personal testimonies, artistic or cultural connections, lives of the saints, examens that contemplate how Jesus lived this quality, mercy challenges, and prayers. 

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Quick List for Making the most of this Jubilee Year

  • Show mercy because mercy has been shown to us 
  • Go beyond justice and take up the joyful call to mercy once again 
  • After the example of Jesus, become a servant of love to everyone without exception 
  • Make a pilgrimage to a Church with a holy door 
  • Practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy 
  • Rediscover in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) a path back to the Lord 
  • Take advantage of God's forgiveness through special Jubilee indulgences 
  • WHAT IS THE JUBILEE OF MERCY?

    Every twenty-five years the Church celebrates an Ordinary Jubilee, a year dedicated to repentance and forgiveness. This tradition has scriptural roots (see Lev 25:8–13) and is a time of grace and spiritual renewal. The pope can also declare an Extraordinary Jubilee for a special occasion, as Pope Francis has done with an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for 2016. Pope Francis wants the Church to deeply ponder the mercy of God and experience it intensely. When we feel the joy of being forgiven, we will want to witness this joy and mercy to all those around us.

  • WHAT DO WE DO DURING THE JUBILEE OF MERCY?

    God has many blessings and surprises in store for each of us during this Jubilee. First, we must welcome God’s grace and mercy as it comes to us. We can turn to the sacrament of Reconciliation, or confession, to repent of our sins and allow God’s mercy to transform us. We can become more reflective in our reception of this sacrament, and go more often, inviting family and friends to go with us.
    Having profoundly experienced God’s mercy, we in turn can bring that mercy to others in our words, attitudes, and actions. The motto of the Jubilee year, “Merciful like the Father,” expresses what the Church is called to be. During this year, Catholics can practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We can ask Jesus to show us how to reach out with God’s mercy to the lonely and the suffering.
    We can make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door. These are located at the major basilicas in Rome, the cathedral in each diocese, and other special churches chosen by the bishop. The Doors are opened at the beginning of the year as a sign of the outpouring of mercy and grace during the Jubilee. Passing through a Holy Door shows our desire to experience God’s mercy and be filled with hope.

  • WHAT ARE THE INDULGENCES FOR THE JUBILEE

    The Jubilee indulgence is a plenary indulgence (the remission of all sin and the punishment due to it) for those who make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door, or perform one of the works of mercy, along with the usual requirements (going to confession, receiving Holy Communion, being free from all attachment to sin, and praying for the Pope). We can obtain this indulgence also for the deceased. There are special considerations for those who cannot visit a Holy Door because of illness or incarceration.

  • YEAR OF MERCY PRODUCTS

    Books and music to lead you deeper into the experience of God's mercy

    • FACE OF MERCY

      Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In Pope Francis' pastoral style this document offers theological reflections on mercy, practical suggestions for living the year of mercy and appeals to accept God's mercy.

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    • DEVOTION TO THE DIVINE MERCY

      The Devotion to the Divine Mercy was given to Sr. Faustina in Poland, and we find it expressed in her Diary: The Diary of St. Faustina - Mercy in My Soul. Jesus told her how much he wants to shower his merciful love on us, that he wants us to trust him, that in receiving mercy we than are called to live mercy and give mercy. 

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    • BASIC HELPS TO CONFESSION

      This best-selling step-by-step guide to the Sacrament of Penance, acquaints the reader with a basic understanding of the purpose and the gift of the sacrament as well as the steps to celebrating the sacrament.

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    • JESUS: Mercy from God's Heart

      Let the reflections, stories, and prayers that speak of God's love in Scripture and throughout history speak to you. Includes First Friday Devotions, Confession, Divine Mercy, Sacred Heart.

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    • YOUR LOVE CARRIES ME CD

      A beautifully-arranged collection of 11 inspiring songs to encourage you to see, through life's dark moments, the new light of a better day. Every song is a reminder that God's love carries you.

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    • THE PRODIGAL YOU LOVE

      When your loved one falls away from the Church, treat them gently and with great love. Sr. Theresa Noble, a former fallen-away Catholic, gently voices ways to talk with and love those who have fallen away.

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    • MEETING JESUS CHRIST

      In this spiritual companion, you are invited to personally encounter Jesus Christ through twenty-one Scriptural meditations which unlock unique perspectives on the mysteries of his life.

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    • CHERISHED BY THE LORD

      In the meditations of Cherished by the Lord: 100 Meditations, meet Jesus as you are right now, with whatever concerns you. Let him show you his love-let him reveal his longing for intimacy with you and his desire to cherish you forever.

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