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Jubille Year of Mercy 2016

Blessed Titus Brandsma: A Strong and Merciful Father


Fr. Antonio,

Virtually everyone is familiar with the parable of the merciful father who welcomes back the prodigal son, as it has been told and imitated a thousand times in Christian history. Here, however, we would like to describe an actual historical exemplification of this parable. In the following story, fatherhood

Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution, justice without mercy is cruelty


Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, and President of the Italian Bishops' Conference.

On 24 November [2008], at the Quadrivium Hall in Genoa, Italy, a meeting was held on the theme: "justice and Mercy". It was the first in a series of lectures entitled "Giving freely without boundaries". The following is a translation from Italian,

«Christ, the face of the Father’s Mercy»


Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Fouad Twal
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

« Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful »

(Lk 6, 36)

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, deacons, men and women religious brothers and sisters, and faithful,

On April 11, Pope Francis proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to open on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and conclude on November 20, 2016,

Mary: Mother of Mercy



One of the most popular depictions of Our Lady in Christian Art is to depict her as the "Virgin of Mercy", sheltering a group of people under her outspread cloak. This has been a much loved image in the Carmelite tradition, stressing Mary's intimate role as protector, mother and sister of Carmelites.

Deepen your commitment to express God's mercy


(Vatican Radio) 

This was Pope Francis’ second “Jubilee Audience” in St. Peter’s Square and he used his catechesis to focus on the Year of Mercy, especially in this season of Lent.

Speaking to the thousands of pilgrims and visitors gathered on Saturday, the Holy Father said in these weeks before Easter

The Year of Mercy talks about Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy


from New Advent

Mercy as it is here contemplated is said to be a virtue influencing one's will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another's misfortune. It is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that although mercy is as it were the spontaneous product of charity, yet it is to be reckoned a special virtue adequately distinguishable from this latter. In fact the Scholastics in cataloguing it consider it to be referable to the quality of justice mainly because, like justice, it controls relations between distinct persons. It is as they say ad alterum.

Living the Year of Mercy


Emily Stimpson

God’s mercy, of course, is ever-present and ever-abundant. A Year of Mercy doesn’t make God more merciful or more inclined to forgive. God can’t change. But we can ... and must. As Pope Francis explained in Misericordiae

St. Thérèse´s self-offering to ´Merciful Love´


Thérèse of the Child Jesus

From Céline's (Sr. Geneviève's) testimony at the diocesan inquiry into the life of St. Thérèse, given as a part of the process for the cause of canonization.

Source: St. Thérése of Lisieux by Those Who Knew Her. Edited by Christopher O'Mahony. Dublin: Pranstown House, rep. 1989, pp. 128-129.

"On 9 June of the same year 1895, the feast of the Blessed Trinity,

Holy Door at National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown, NY

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National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Declared Place of Pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to be celebrated from December 8th,

Carmelites & the Year of Mercy


by Fr. David Hofman, O.Carm.

The Church begins a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis’ idea is that the whole Church will spend the year practising mercy at every level – from priests celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation to people feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


by Dr. Radut