"To you, I lift up my soul, O my God" (Psalm
25:1) ...the Entrance Antiphon for the First Sunday
of Advent. Within this new liturgical year we will ...
also be blessed with the great Jubilee of Mercy that
begins on December 8th, the Immaculate
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Both Advent and the Jubilee of Mercy invite us to
put aside what hinders the work of God
and allow ourselves to be lifted up as his merciful
arms reach out to us.
His merciful arms do not seek to humiliate but to restore
us. Mercy always brings hope but it also challenges us to be
merciful. We must put away our comfortable lies and return
to Jesus, the Merciful One. The holy work of Advent is to be ready for all that the Lord has for us
and to welcome him that we might have a home in Him and He in us.
Use this holy season to really participate in the great Jubilee of Mercy.
Consider doing one or two of the following:
1. Read the Gospel of Luke, prayerfully.
2. Study and live the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy .
3. Read the second encyclical letter of Pope Saint John Paul II:"Rich in Mercy".
4. Pray often the Anima Christi.
May this holy season of Advent be one in which our lives and prayers become one. And so we pray: "To you, I lift up my soul, O my God."
In Christ's Peace,
DEC. 8, 2015 - NOV. 20, 2016
The Holy Year
Dec. 8, 2015
the Feast of the
Sunday, Nov. 20,
Our Lord Jesus
Christ, King of
the Universe and living face of the
Father's mercy. The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36, serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure.