lthough the jubilee Year of Mercy is over now, it should not be seen as an isolated event that has come and gone – but rather as something that will continue to shape our lives and our actions for a long time to come.
During the jubilee, there was much focus on Holy Doors, with Pope Francis extending the privilege of designating their own Holy Door to bishops around the world. People were encouraged to pass through one of these doors as a symbolic gesture of leaving behind the mistakes of the past and crossing the threshold into light and grace and a new peace with God.
Once we have passed through a Holy Door, it is impossible to go back. Our journey must continue onwards; the Church as a whole is on pilgrimage towards God who is the source of mercy.
Mercy is clearly one of the cornerstones of Pope Francis’ pontificate. During the Holy Year, he took time every Friday to engage in works of mercy, mostly in the form of encounters with the marginalised. Many Catholics followed his example by adopting some personal initiative. These should not stop now that the jubilee is over.
In our own Archdiocese there are many opportunities to continue to practice acts of mercy. We can reach out – individually or as a group – to the many refugees living in our city, most of whom are homeless … to those in prison … and to those who among the 25% of our population who are unemployed, starving and desperate. We can seek and offer forgiveness for past injustices … practice small acts of kindness in our everyday lives … and offer prayers for those who are ill or spiritually lost.
Wherever we look – in our communities, our parishes, our Missions – opportunities abound to continue our personal pilgrimage of mercy and reconciliation.
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