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Resources for the Year of Mercy

​​​On ​​​​May 15, 2015, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception until November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Christ the King. 

 

​​Pope Francis invites​ us to think about mercy anew as the "act by which God comes to meet us" but also mercy as the "fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who l​ooks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life". He invites us to live by this mercy in our parishes and lives, to forgive others as well as to seek reconciliation. He challenges us to understand mercy and justice as "two dimensions of ​the same reality" on the way of conversion of the sinner towards love (Full text). ​​


​​​​We are asked to proclaim and live by the word of God's mercy, to reach out to others, to help strengthen and accompany them through their struggles. Reflecting on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy can help us to find a starting point (50 examples of Corporal Works of Mercy). Let us share the joy of the Gospel through our actions, our words and our prayers during this Holy Year of Mercy.
 
Reconciliation Service material
Jubilee Year of Mercy Advent Reconciliation Service
Jubilee Year of Mercy School Advent Reconciliation Service

Resources available for purchase at:

http://store.pastoralplanning.com/juyeofme.html 


Workshop "The Medicine of Mercy: How Grace Moves Us to Become Persons of Mercy"

http://cal.lmu.edu/event/lmux151121#.VinBhtJViko​​


POPE FRANCIS’ OFFICIAL PRAYER ​FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY


 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, 
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. 
Show us your face and we will be saved. 
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal, 
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. 
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,  
the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: 
“If you knew the gift of God!” 
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, 
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: 
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness 
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: 
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, 
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, 
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,  
may bring good news to the poor, 
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, 
and restore sight to the blind.   
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, 
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen. 

 As published by Radio Vaticano    June 5, 201








​Vatica​n
Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy​​​​
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​More content at the Official Vatican website on the Year of Mercy http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html

 




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