The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Begins Today

Since we are officially now in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, I would like to share with you four blog posts I have written in the past on mercy. If you would like to read the Papal Bull that Pope Francis wrote for the Year of Mercy, please do that here.

Also, below my four blog posts are videos from today’s Opening Mass of the Jubilee Year of Mercy when Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Door as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI walking through the door. When I was in Rome for World Youth Day with Pope St. John Paul II, I too walked through these same door. Watching Pope Francis open the door brought back a lot of memories for me the day I walked through the door in August of 2000.

“Mondays with Mary” – The Queen of Mercy – This was a very popular blog the day I published. Many people have a devotion to Our Lady under this title.

“Mondays with Mary” – 5 Quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on the Mother of Mercy – These five quotes come from the Polish Saint’s second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, which particularly focuses on the topic. It was promulgated on November 30, 1980, a little more than two years after he was elected to the Chair of St. Peter. This is for the mainstream who today think that Pope Francis is the only Pope to speak about mercy. O how foolish they are!

Mercy, Compassion, Love, and the Poor: The Holy Father Speaks – This blog post stirred a lot of humorous (at least I thought they were) comments in the comment box. Make sure you read this blog post all the way to the end. This is a good one to share with your family and friends.

Psalm 51 – Have Mercy on Me, O God… – This blog post focuses on mercy from the perspective in the Sacred Scriptures. This is the Psalm that King David wrote after committing adultery with Bathsheba. Mercy, however, in the Sacred Scriptures is often translated differently than the way we use it today. Find it out what it means in this blog post.

Our Lady of Mercy…Pray for Us. 

This is image is 'Our Lady of Ostra Brama' (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

This is image is ‘Our Lady of Ostra Brama’ (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

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