Mercy Alive

HOLY YEAR OF MERCY – December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016

VOL. 38 NO. 28

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The following reflection is taken from the Face of Mercy, the Papal Bull of Pope Francis announcing the Year of Mercy:

Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy.  It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace.  Our salvation depends on it.  Mercy:  the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.  Mercy:  the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.  Mercy:  the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life.  Mercy:  the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

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.

Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is always ready to forgive.

The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality through which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child.

The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of Divine love in its fullness.  “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8, 16), John affirms for the first and only time in all of Holy Scripture.  This love has now been made visible and tangible in Jesus’ entire life.  His person is nothing but love, a love given gratuitously.

 

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY:

To feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Welcome the stranger

Heal the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

 

SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY:

To counsel the doubtful

Instruct the ignorant

Admonish sinners

Comfort the afflicted

Forgive offenses

Bear patiently those who do us ill

Pray for the living and the dead

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We are dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through evangelization, education and Christian example. We strive to be as faithful as the Blessed Virgin Mary and live our faith by serving God, our fellow brothers and sisters and our community.

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