Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Holy Year to start on 8 December 2015 and conclude on 20 November 2016. This Holy Year will be dedicated to a theme close to the Pope’s heart: Mercy
The biblical passage for the Holy Year’s theme is from Luke’s gospel – “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
This theme 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.
When announcing the Holy Year, Pope Francis said:
“I am convinced that the whole Church will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and making fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and every woman of our time.”
All Brigidines, our associates and colleagues are invited to reflect on the following points:
• What opportunities does this time offer us as we live in the spirit of Daniel Delany – ‘Love God and live together in peace and charity’?
• As we consider some of the critical questions of our time, how might use our many gifts of time, energy and resources to reflect to those most forgotten and marginalized the mercy and care of a loving God?