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Year of Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life:

Advent 2014-February 2016

Pope Francis announced at the meeting of the Union of Superiors General in November 2013 that there would be a Year of Consecrated Life beginning in 2014.  At that same meeting, he said, “Religious life ought to promote growth in the church by way of attraction.  The church must be attractive.  Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! . . . It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up.”

The Year officially opened on Nov. 30, 2014 (First Sunday of Advent) and closes on Feb. 2, 2016 (Candlemas Day, the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple) -- February 2 is also celebrated each year as the World Day of Consecrated Life.

Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter To All Consecrated People on the Occassion of the Year of Consecrated Life:

Reflections about Consecrated Life

Check out the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary website for a number of great vocation reflections from consecrated women religious: http://www.presentationofmary.ca/becoming-a-sister/vocation-stories.html

Pope Francis, Angelus, St. Peter’s Square, Jan 5, 2014

“Indeed, the Word of God pitched His tent among us, sinners who are in need of mercy. And we all must hasten to receive the grace that He offers us”
“Indeed, the Word of God pitched His tent among us, sinners who are in need of mercy. And we all must hasten to receive the grace that He offers us”
Pope Francis, Angelus, St. Peter’s Square, Jan 5, 2014

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“This is the very heart of the apostolic kerygma, in which divine mercy holds a central and fundamental place. It is ‘the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and...
“This is the very heart of the apostolic kerygma, in which divine mercy holds a central and fundamental place. It is ‘the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead’ (Evangelii Gaudium, 36), that first proclamation which ‘we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment’ (ibid., 164). Mercy ‘expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe’ (Misericordiae Vultus, 21), thus restoring his relationship with him. In Jesus crucified, God shows his desire to draw near to sinners, however far they may have strayed from him. In this way he hopes to soften the hardened heart of his Bride”.
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring...
“God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit: by feeding, visiting, comforting and instructing them. On such things will we be judged.”
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“I expressed my hope that “the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; this will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty,...
“I expressed my hope that “the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; this will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty, and to enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus 15). For in the poor, the flesh of Christ “becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the exiled… to be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us”(ibid.). It is the unprecedented and scandalous mystery of the extension in time of the suffering of the Innocent Lamb, the burning bush of gratuitous love. Before this love, we can, like Moses, take off our sandals (cf. Ex 3:5), especially when the poor are our brothers or sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith.”
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016.

“For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy. In the...
“For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy. In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; in the spiritual works of mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. By taking this path, the ‘proud’, the ‘powerful’ and the ‘wealthy’ spoken of in the Magnificat can also be embraced and undeservedly loved by the crucified Lord who died and rose for them.”
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016.

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! We ask this through the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, who, encountering the greatness of God’s mercy freely...
“Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! We ask this through the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, who, encountering the greatness of God’s mercy freely bestowed upon her, was the first to acknowledge her lowliness (cf. Lk 1:48) and to call herself the Lord’s humble servant (cf. Lk 1:38)”.
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

St. Augustine, Confessions II, 7.

“I will love you, O Lord, and thank you, and confess to your name, because you have put away from me such wicked and evil deeds. To your grace I attribute it, and to your mercy, that you have melted...
“I will love you, O Lord, and thank you, and confess to your name, because you have put away from me such wicked and evil deeds. To your grace I attribute it, and to your mercy, that you have melted away my sin as if it were ice”
St. Augustine, Confessions II, 7.

St. John Vianney.

“Our Lord on the earth is like a mother carrying her baby in her arms. This child is badly behaved; he kicks his mother, bites her and scratches her. But the mother pays no mind. She knows that if...
“Our Lord on the earth is like a mother carrying her baby in her arms. This child is badly behaved; he kicks his mother, bites her and scratches her. But the mother pays no mind. She knows that if she lets him go, the child will fall since he cannot walk alone. This is how our Lord is: He bears all our ill-treatments; He bears all our arrogance; He forgives all our foolishness; He has mercy on us despite ourselves”.
St. John Vianney.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta [1910 – 1997] in “The saints in Mercy: Pastoral Resources for living the Jubilee, 2015 – 2016, page 31.

“We serve Jesus in the poor, and we do all this for him. Everything we do – prayer, work, sacrifice – we do for Jesus. Our life does not have any other meaning, any motivation other than Him who...
“We serve Jesus in the poor, and we do all this for him. Everything we do – prayer, work, sacrifice – we do for Jesus. Our life does not have any other meaning, any motivation other than Him who loves us deeply. Jesus is the only meaning of our life”.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta [1910 – 1997] in “The saints in Mercy: Pastoral Resources for living the Jubilee, 2015 – 2016, page 31.

Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 24

“Chosen to be the Mother of the Son of God, Mary, from the onset, was prepared by the love of God to be the Ark of the Covenant between God and man. She treasured Divine Mercy in her heart in perfect...
“Chosen to be the Mother of the Son of God, Mary, from the onset, was prepared by the love of God to be the Ark of the Covenant between God and man. She treasured Divine Mercy in her heart in perfect harmony with her Son”.
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 24

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“This love story culminates in the incarnation of God’s Son. In Christ, the Father pours forth his boundless mercy even to making him “mercy incarnate” (Misericordiae Vultus, 8). As a man, Jesus of...
“This love story culminates in the incarnation of God’s Son. In Christ, the Father pours forth his boundless mercy even to making him “mercy incarnate” (Misericordiae Vultus, 8). As a man, Jesus of Nazareth is a true son of Israel; he embodies that perfect hearing required of every Jew by the Shema, which today too is the heart of God’s covenant with Israel: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Dt 6:4-5). As the Son of God, he is the Bridegroom who does everything to win over the love of his bride, to whom he is bound by an unconditional love which becomes visible in the eternal wedding feast”.
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“The mystery of divine mercy is revealed in the history of the covenant between God and his people Israel. God shows himself ever rich in mercy, ever ready to treat his people with deep tenderness...
“The mystery of divine mercy is revealed in the history of the covenant between God and his people Israel. God shows himself ever rich in mercy, ever ready to treat his people with deep tenderness and compassion, especially at those tragic moments when infidelity ruptures the bond of the covenant, which then needs to be ratified more firmly in justice and truth. Here is a true love story, in which God plays the role of the betrayed father and husband, while Israel plays the unfaithful child and bride. These domestic images – as in the case of Hosea (cf. Hos 1-2) – show to what extent God wishes to bind himself to his people.”
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

St. Faustina, Diary, 1076.

Jesus said to Faustina, “Everything that exists is enclosed in the bowels of my mercy, more deeply than an infant in its mother’s womb. How painfully distrust of my goodness wounds me! Sins of...
Jesus said to Faustina, “Everything that exists is enclosed in the bowels of my mercy, more deeply than an infant in its mother’s womb. How painfully distrust of my goodness wounds me! Sins of distrust wound me most painfully”
St. Faustina, Diary, 1076.

St. Faustina, Diary, 1447 – 48

The Lord said to Faustina, “speak of my mercy. Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of mercy – the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It suffices to come with faith to...
The Lord said to Faustina, “speak of my mercy. Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of mercy – the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It suffices to come with faith to the feet of my representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy wilfully demonstrated”
St. Faustina, Diary, 1447 – 48

St. Therese of Lisieux, Ms. A, 2v – 3r

“God the Creator and Father sees before Him only three kinds of people: the young child who fills him with tenderness; the young child who has fallen and is hurt; the young child whom He prevented...
“God the Creator and Father sees before Him only three kinds of people: the young child who fills him with tenderness; the young child who has fallen and is hurt; the young child whom He prevented from falling in the first place”
St. Therese of Lisieux, Ms. A, 2v – 3r

St. Therese of Lisieux, Ms. A, 2v – 3r

“God is infinitely just and merciful towards all His children who throw themselves into his arms, because lowering oneself is precisely due to love…..and it is in bending down that the Good Lord...
“God is infinitely just and merciful towards all His children who throw themselves into his arms, because lowering oneself is precisely due to love…..and it is in bending down that the Good Lord shows His infinite greatness”
St. Therese of Lisieux, Ms. A, 2v – 3r

“The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called...
“The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does. What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s own power.”(Pope Francis, Message on the 50th World Day of Communication, 2016)

Pope Francis, Message on the 50th World Day of Communication, 2016

“As sons and daughters of God, we are called to communicate with everyone, without exception. In a particular way, the Church’s words and actions are all meant to convey mercy, to touch people’s...
“As sons and daughters of God, we are called to communicate with everyone, without exception. In a particular way, the Church’s words and actions are all meant to convey mercy, to touch people’s hearts and to sustain them on their journey to that fullness of life which Jesus Christ was sent by the Father to bring to all. This means that we ourselves must be willing to accept the warmth of Mother Church and to share that warmth with others, so that Jesus may be known and loved. That warmth is what gives substance to the word of faith; by our preaching and witness, it ignites the “spark” which gives them life.”
Pope Francis, Message on the 50th World Day of Communication, 2016

Pope Francis, Message on the 50th World Day of Communication, 2016

“It is our task to admonish those who err and to denounce the evil and injustice of certain ways of acting, for the sake of setting victims free and raising up those who have fallen. The Gospel of...
“It is our task to admonish those who err and to denounce the evil and injustice of certain ways of acting, for the sake of setting victims free and raising up those who have fallen. The Gospel of John tells us that “the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32). The truth is ultimately Christ himself, whose gentle mercy is the yardstick for measuring the way we proclaim the truth and condemn injustice. Our primary task is to uphold the truth with love (cf. Eph 4:15). Only words spoken with love and accompanied by meekness and mercy can touch our sinful hearts. Harsh and moralistic words and actions risk further alienating those whom we wish to lead to conversion and freedom, reinforcing their sense of rejection and defensiveness.”
Pope Francis, Message on the 50th World Day of Communication, 2016

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s...
“In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand.”
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

“After receiving the Good News told to her by the Archangel Gabriel, Mary, in her Magnificat, prophetically sings of the mercy whereby God chose her. The Virgin of Nazareth, betrothed to Joseph, thus...
“After receiving the Good News told to her by the Archangel Gabriel, Mary, in her Magnificat, prophetically sings of the mercy whereby God chose her. The Virgin of Nazareth, betrothed to Joseph, thus becomes the perfect icon of the Church which evangelizes, for she was, and continues to be, evangelized by the Holy Spirit, who made her virginal womb fruitful. In the prophetic tradition, mercy is strictly related – even on the etymological level – to the maternal womb (rahamim) and to a generous, faithful and compassionate goodness (hesed) shown within marriage and family relationships.”
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

St. John Paul II, Dives Misericordia, 9

“Mary is the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has. At the same time, still in an exceptional way, she made possible with the sacrifice of her heart her...
“Mary is the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has. At the same time, still in an exceptional way, she made possible with the sacrifice of her heart her own sharing in revealing God’s Mercy”.
St. John Paul II, Dives Misericordia, 9

Fr. John Dominic Corbett, OP, in “Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion”, Page 10

“God knows us as He intends us to be; His sons, His daughters, His friends. He knows that He has fitted us for Himself and that no other destiny for us will do. When He knows us as sinners and as...
“God knows us as He intends us to be; His sons, His daughters, His friends. He knows that He has fitted us for Himself and that no other destiny for us will do. When He knows us as sinners and as unable to secure our own deliverance from our sins, He knows us as needing His mercy”.
Fr. John Dominic Corbett, OP, in “Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion”, Page 10

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 52.

“To follow the way of the Lord, the church is called on to pour its mercy over all those who recognize themselves as sinners, who assume responsibility for all the evil they have committed, and who...
“To follow the way of the Lord, the church is called on to pour its mercy over all those who recognize themselves as sinners, who assume responsibility for all the evil they have committed, and who feel in need of forgiveness. The church does not exist to condemn people but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 52.

“I hope that the Jubilee will serve to reveal the church’s deeply maternal and merciful side, a church that goes forth toward those who are wounded, who are in need of an attentive ear, understanding...
“I hope that the Jubilee will serve to reveal the church’s deeply maternal and merciful side, a church that goes forth toward those who are wounded, who are in need of an attentive ear, understanding, forgiveness, and love”.(Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 53)

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 67

“The more conscious we are of our wretchedness and our sins, the more we experience the love and infinite mercy of God among us, and the more capable we are of looking upon the ‘wounded’ we meet...
“The more conscious we are of our wretchedness and our sins, the more we experience the love and infinite mercy of God among us, and the more capable we are of looking upon the ‘wounded’ we meet along the way with acceptance and mercy”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 67

St. John Paul II, Message for the World Day of Peace, 2002.

“There is no justice without forgiveness and that the capacity for forgiveness underlies all plans for a more just and supportive future society. A lack of forgiveness and a return to the law of ‘an...
“There is no justice without forgiveness and that the capacity for forgiveness underlies all plans for a more just and supportive future society. A lack of forgiveness and a return to the law of ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ could lead to endless escalation of conflicts”
St. John Paul II, Message for the World Day of Peace, 2002.

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 97.

“A believer should open up to the mercy of God, open up his heart and himself, and allow Jesus to come toward him by approaching the confessional with faith. And he or she should try and be merciful...
“A believer should open up to the mercy of God, open up his heart and himself, and allow Jesus to come toward him by approaching the confessional with faith. And he or she should try and be merciful with others”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 97.

Psalm 103:2 – 4, Revised Standard Version.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with mercy and compassion”.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with mercy and compassion”.
Psalm 103:2 – 4, Revised Standard Version.

Psalm 103:8 – 11a, Revised Standard Version.

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us...
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him.”
Psalm 103:8 – 11a, Revised Standard Version.

Psalm 103:17 – 18, Revised Standard Version.

“The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments”.
“The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments”.
Psalm 103:17 – 18, Revised Standard Version.

Jesus’ words to Faustina, Diary, 723

“The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my mercy”
“The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my mercy”
Jesus’ words to Faustina, Diary, 723

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 51

“God, who delivered His son for us, can only reveal Himself as merciful. He is a careful and attentive Father, ready to welcome any person who takes a step or even expresses the desire to take a step...
“God, who delivered His son for us, can only reveal Himself as merciful. He is a careful and attentive Father, ready to welcome any person who takes a step or even expresses the desire to take a step that leads home. He is there, staring out at the horizon, expecting us, waiting for us”.
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 51

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 34

“God does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins, His medicine is infinitely greater than our illness that he has to heal”
“God does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins, His medicine is infinitely greater than our illness that he has to heal”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 34

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 17 - 18

“The love of God exists even for those who are not disposed to receive it - that man, that woman, that boy, or that girl – they are all loved by God, they are sought out by God, they are in need of...
“The love of God exists even for those who are not disposed to receive it - that man, that woman, that boy, or that girl – they are all loved by God, they are sought out by God, they are in need of blessing. Be tender with these people. Do not push them away. People are suffering. It is a huge responsibility to be a confessor. Confessors have before them the lost sheep that God loves so much: if we don’t show them the love and mercy of God, we push them away and perhaps they will never come back, so embrace them and be compassionate”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 17 - 18

Msgr. Gregory E.S. Malovetz, Magnificat year of Mercy Companion, Page 12.

“God is rich in mercy. No matter how bankrupt we may feel because of our sins, He continues to invest mercy into our lives”.
“God is rich in mercy. No matter how bankrupt we may feel because of our sins, He continues to invest mercy into our lives”.
Msgr. Gregory E.S. Malovetz, Magnificat year of Mercy Companion, Page 12.

Fr. Hyacinth Woroniecki, OP, in “Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion”, page 39

“God is not only Maker and Lord…, but He is also man’s Father and best friend. Therefore, between God and ourselves there exists not only relations that are based on justice, but also those relations...
“God is not only Maker and Lord…, but He is also man’s Father and best friend. Therefore, between God and ourselves there exists not only relations that are based on justice, but also those relations which are proper to God’s Fatherhood and friendship towards man. They reach much deeper because they are based on love”
Fr. Hyacinth Woroniecki, OP, in “Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion”, page 39

Fr. Hyacinth Woroniecki, OP, in “Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion”, page 39.

“God’s love and mercy are acts of His Holy will; under the name of mercy come all those manifestations of love which tend to remove any wants, needs, pains, sufferings, in a word, any deficiencies”.
“God’s love and mercy are acts of His Holy will; under the name of mercy come all those manifestations of love which tend to remove any wants, needs, pains, sufferings, in a word, any deficiencies”.
Fr. Hyacinth Woroniecki, OP, in “Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion”, page 39.

Pope Francis, Homily, March 17, 2013

“The message of Jesus is mercy. For me, and I say this with humility, it is the Lord’s strongest message”.
“The message of Jesus is mercy. For me, and I say this with humility, it is the Lord’s strongest message”.
Pope Francis, Homily, March 17, 2013

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016

“Jesus comes to us when we realise that we are sinners. The first and only step required to experience mercy, the Pope added, is to acknowledge that we are in need of mercy”
“Jesus comes to us when we realise that we are sinners. The first and only step required to experience mercy, the Pope added, is to acknowledge that we are in need of mercy”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016

“God forgives not with a decree but with a caress. And with mercy, Jesus too goes beyond the law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins”
“God forgives not with a decree but with a caress. And with mercy, Jesus too goes beyond the law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 7

“Mercy is in reality the core of the Gospel message; it is the name of God himself, the face with which he reveals himself in the Old Testament and fully in Jesus Christ, incarnation of Creative and...
“Mercy is in reality the core of the Gospel message; it is the name of God himself, the face with which he reveals himself in the Old Testament and fully in Jesus Christ, incarnation of Creative and Redemptive Love. This Love of mercy also illuminates the face of the church, and is manifested through the sacraments, in particular that of the reconciliation, as well as in works of charity, both of community and individuals. Everything that the church says and does shows that God has mercy for man”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 7

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 8

“I think of the church as a field hospital, where treatment is given above all to those who are most wounded. A church that warms people’s hearts with its closeness and nearness”
“I think of the church as a field hospital, where treatment is given above all to those who are most wounded. A church that warms people’s hearts with its closeness and nearness”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 8

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 16

“Humanity is so in need of mercy, because it is wounded, deeply wounded. Either it does not know how to cure its wounds or it believes that it’s not possible to cure them. And it is not just a...
“Humanity is so in need of mercy, because it is wounded, deeply wounded. Either it does not know how to cure its wounds or it believes that it’s not possible to cure them. And it is not just a question of social ills or people wounded by poverty, social exclusion, or one of the many slaveries of the third millennium. Relativism wounds people too: all things seem equal, all things appear the same. Humanity needs mercy and compassion”
Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, 2016, page 16

Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 21

“If God limited Himself to only justice, He would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected. But mere justice is not enough. Experience shows...
“If God limited Himself to only justice, He would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected. But mere justice is not enough. Experience shows that an appeal to justice alone will result in its destruction. This is why God goes beyond justice with His mercy and forgiveness”
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 21

Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 19

“God never tires of reaching out to us. He is always ready to listen……All one needs to do is to accept the invitation to conversion and submit oneself to justice during this special time of mercy...
“God never tires of reaching out to us. He is always ready to listen……All one needs to do is to accept the invitation to conversion and submit oneself to justice during this special time of mercy offered by the church”
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 19

Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 19

“May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances...
“May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God”
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 19

“Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will...
“Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace”. “Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 17)

Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 16

“Jesus was sent to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Isaiah 61:1-2). This is what the Lord proclaimed and this is what we wish to live now. This Holy Year will bring to the fore the richness of...
“Jesus was sent to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Isaiah 61:1-2). This is what the Lord proclaimed and this is what we wish to live now. This Holy Year will bring to the fore the richness of Jesus’ mission echoed in the words of the prophet: to bring a word and gesture of consolation to the poor, to proclaim liberty to those bound by new forms of slavery in modern society, to restore sight to those who can see no more because they are caught up in themselves, to restore dignity to all those from whom it has been robbed”
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 16

Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 21

“God’s justice is His mercy given to everyone as a grace that flows from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus, the cross of Christ is God’s judgment on all of us and on the whole world,...
“God’s justice is His mercy given to everyone as a grace that flows from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus, the cross of Christ is God’s judgment on all of us and on the whole world, because through it he offers us the certitude of Love and new life”.
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 21


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