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Jubille Year 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.

Thoughts from the Carmelite Chaplain - Holy Door


Father Michael Manning, O.Carm.

Since the year 1300 when Pope Boniface VIII declared the first Holy Year, the Catholic Church has regularly celebrated “Holy Years,” usually every twenty-five years, except for special circumstances.

The British Carmelites in Rome for Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Jubilee



Carmelites from Britain, the Philippines and Poland took part in a gathering held in Rome in mid-January 2016 of those involved in the work of pilgrimage and shrine ministry.

As part of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has invited people to come to Rome as pilgrims to reflect on some of the Church's particular ministries of mercy. Over the course of the Jubilee Year there will b

Pope’s Homily for Feast of Presentation of the Lord

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Closing of the Year of the Consecrated life Feb 02, 2016

Today, before our eyes is a simple, humble and great event: Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple of Jerusalem. He is a baby as so many others, as all, but He is unique: He is the Only-Begotten come for all.

The Jubilee Indulgence for those living the contemplative life


Religious Men and Women bound to the cloistered life can obtain the Jubilee Indulgence according to the now usual practices granted for Jubilees.

According to the indications given by the Holy Father’s letter dated 1 September, 2015, and addressed to S.E. Mons.

Pope Francis Message for the Jubilee of Mercy for Young Boys and Girls


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Pope Francis: Message for the Jubilee of Mercy for Young Boys and Girls

“Merciful Like the Father”

Dear Young Friends,

The Church is celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy.  It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near.  There are no walls or distances which can prevent the Father’s mercy from reaching and embracing us.  The Holy Door is now open in Rome and in all the dioceses of the world.

Pope Francis’ Address on Jubilee of Pilgrimage Organisers and Rectors of Sanctuaries


Paul VI Hall Thursday 21 January 2016

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I cordially welcome all of you, people who work in pilgrimages and shrines. Going on pilgrimage to shrines is one of the most eloquent expressions of the faith of the people of God. It manifests the piety

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