Year of Mercy

Pope Francis proclaims an Extraordinary

Jubilee Year of Mercy!

“Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father’s mercy,” Pope Francis emphasized in his Bull of Indiction Misericordiae VultusĀ proclaiming the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. “These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian Faith.” The Year of Mercy will begin on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will continue until the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. The opening of the Jubilee Year coincides with the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. “The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive,” Pope Francis noted. “We recall the poignant words of St. John XXIII when, opening the Council, he indicated the path to follow: ‘Now the Bride of Christ wishes to use the medicine of mercy rather than taking up the arms of severity . . . The Catholic Church, as she holds high the torch of Catholic truth at this Ecumenical Council, wants to show herself a loving mother to all.’ “

Through this Jubilee Year, the Holy Father desires to reawaken the Church and the world to the mercy of God. “God’s mercy, rather than a sign of weakness, is the mark of His omnipotence.” In the Gospels “mercy is presented as a force that overcomes everything, filling the heart with love and bringing consolation through pardon.” During this Year of Mercy Pope FrancisĀ calls each of us to be “Merciful like the Father”, like Jesus, to be a living witness to the mercy of God in our world today.

“I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us. God never tires of casting open the doors of His heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends. The profundity of the mystery surrounding it is as inexhaustible as the richness which springs up from it.”

 

PILGRIMAGE SITE FOR THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

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During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has asked that in the local Church places of pilgrimage should be designated for the faithful. Those who devoutly visit the designated churches or places of prayer may gain a plenary indulgence. Our Chapel of Mary, Mother of Grace has been one of the ten sites chosen throughout the Diocese of Lafayette. We invite all to participate a this Pilgrimage of Mercy during this coming Year 2015-2016.

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