Pope Francis' Year of Mercy

December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016

What is the Year of Mercy?

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The Year of Mercy is an invitation—an invitation to love, kindness, and unbounded generosity. Pope Francis is offering you the opportunity to encounter the incredible mercy of God. Encountering mercy means encountering God. It can transform your life, your relationships, your work, and your ability to embrace and experience all of life. Learn more about the Year of Mercy with our resources below.

AH, MERCY. THIS IS THE NAME OF GOD.

- Pope Francis

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Ransom the Captive

Week 7 | Corporal Work of Mercy – And so I found myself standing in front of about eighty men in the San Quentin prison chapel and unsure of how…

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Admonish the Sinner

Week 7 | Spiritual Work of Mercy – The key is to recover what it means to be merciful in our communication of truth. Many loudly declare…

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Bury the Dead

Week 6 | Corporal Work of Mercy – Throughout the four wars in Iraq, from 1980 to 2003, I met Jesus in his Calvary through many works of mercy…

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RECOMMENDED READING FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY

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Beautiful MercyFeaturing Content from Matthew Kelly and Twenty-six Other Incredible Authors

The perfect companion for the Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis, Beautiful Mercy provides an encounter with the heart of God. By focusing on the seven spiritual and seven corporal works of mercy, it inspires readers to realize that extraordinary acts of love are possible for us all—no matter where we are in life. Once again bringing to light the genius of Catholicism, bestselling author Matthew Kelly has enlisted the help of twenty-six other incredible authors who witness to the power of God’s mercy, provide simple, practical tips on how to be an instrument of that mercy, and bring hope to anyone searching for deeper meaning in life.

What is the Year of Mercy?

Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church. It is a time for the Church across the world to take approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. Pope Francis has asked us as individuals and as a Church “to be a witness of mercy” by reflecting on and practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy (Pope Francis’ Announcement of the Year of Mercy). Beginning December 8, 2015, the Holy Year of Mercy will focus on studying and reflecting on mercy, receiving mercy, and being merciful towards others. To read more, visit the Vatican’s official website for the Year of Mercy.

What is a Jubilee Year?

A Jubliee Year is when the Catholic Church across the world takes approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. Catholics are encouraged to join together in prayer, go to confession, and share the genius of Catholicism with others. The purpose of a Jubilee Year is to help people grow spiritually, strengthen their faith, and encourage works of service, and to promote unity within the Catholic Church and society in general. The last Jubilee Year was in 2000, called for by Pope Saint John Paul II.

What is the Indulgence for the Year of Mercy?

Like any Jubliee Year, a person can receive a plenary indulgence for the Year of Mercy. A plenary indulgence removes all of what is called “temporal punishment” due to sins that have already been forgiven. Sin and evil are real. Every sin, large or small, is in some way a rejection of the-best-version-of-ourselves and a rejection of God. “Temporal punishment” is the natural consequence of that sin, the necessary purification following forgiveness of sin. (See Catechism of the Catholic Church on Indulgences and Sin and Mercy)

WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY?

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Accepting Pope Francis’ invitation for the Year of Mercy is an incredible opportunity to grow. Here are Dynamic Catholic’s top ways to experience the Year of Mercy. Be sure to share the infographic!

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Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

LUKE 6:36

POPE FRANCIS’ YEAR OF MERCY PRAYER

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  • 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

The Works of Mercy

The works of mercy are the practical ways we live out mercy. They are how we show loving kindness, compassion, and self-restraint to the people around us, both physically and spiritually. According to the Catechism, “The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities” (No. 2447). While the exact list has varied slightly throughout the history of the Church, there are 14 consistently recognized works of mercy.

corporal works of mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Harbour the harbourless
  • Visit the sick
  • Ransom the captive
  • Bury the dead

spiritual works of mercy

  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Admonish sinners
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive offenses willingly
  • Comfort the afflicted
  • Pray for the living and the dead

RECOMMENDED READING FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY

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Pope francis’ the joy of the gospel

Pope Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel is a deeply personal invitation to reflect on the gap between the life we are living and the life God calls us to live. It is an invitation to love both God and our neighbor more fully. It is an invitation to live more fully in the midst of the opportunities and challenges that each day presents. In this apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis refers to mercy 32 times!

The Joy Of the Gospel by Pope Francis - Free Copy

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