Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Holy Year of Mercy began December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It will close November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. This year’s motto is “Merciful Like the Father.”
Sometimes, when we think of the word mercy, we picture someone throwing themselves on their knees before a cruel villain, pleading to be spared some punishment. This is not our understanding of God’s mercy. We do not ask for God’s mercy because we are afraid of incurring his wrath as punishment for our sins. Rather, when we call on God to have mercy, we are calling on God in the only way we know him—as one who responds with compassion to those in need. When we show mercy to others, we are responding as God responds, with compassion.
Year of Mercy BLMs
Moments of Mercy E-mail Series
Reflect on feast days and saints of mercy through this Jubilee Year in the Moments of Mercy series. Messages are based in Scripture and include the words of Pope Francis and suggestions for actions and prayers.
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Moments of Mercy is written by James Campbell, editor of The Joy of Discipleship by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis on the Parable of the Merciful Father
Understanding and Praying with the Parable of the Forgiving Father
Divine Mercy Sunday
Works of Mercy
A Source of Reconciliation and Joy: The Sacrament of Penance
How to Cultivate a Forgiving Spirit in Your Home (PDF)
Family Stories: Forgiveness Given
Family Stories: Forgiveness Received
Works of Mercy Activities
Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities Packet
Corporal Works of Mercy and Our Neighbors
They’ll Know I’m a Christian
Works of Mercy Charts
Works of Mercy Tableau
Corporal Works of Mercy Movie Trailers
Mercy and Forgiveness Activities
Band-Aid of Love
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
How Would God Advertise?
Jesus Forgives Game
Lamb of God
Letter to God
My Peace Prayer Mobile
3-Minute Retreat: The Good Shepherd
3-Minute Retreat: Seek and Save
3-Minute Retreat: Celebrate Forgiveness
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee
Oración del jubileo del Papa Francisco
Reflection on Titian’s “Christ and the Good Thief”
Reflection on Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son”
Reflection on Palma il Vecchio’s “Christ and the Adulteress”
Mercy, Lord (Video)
The Church of Mercy
Pope Francis, Paperback
In The Church of Mercy, readers get a first-hand look at Pope Francis’s vision of the good news of Christian hope and mercy.
Discussion Guide for The Church of Mercy
The Church of Mercy Discussion Guide is broken down into ten parts, each with questions that focus on ideas, statements, and quotes from The Church of Mercy.
Mercy in the City
Kerry Weber, Paperback
A young, single woman lives a "regular" life amid the daily pressures of New York City while also living a life devoted to service and practicing real works of mercy in a meaningful manner.
Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy (Six Weeks with the Bible)
Kevin Perrotta, Paperback
Jesus invites us to discover who he is, and what it means to follow him.
Lucas: La Buena Nueva de la misericordia de Dios (Seis semanas con la Biblia)
Kevin Perrotta, Paperback
En el Evangelio de San Lucas descubrimos que la necesidad más grande de alguien que conoce a Jesús es el abrir sus ojos a las verdaderas necesidades.
Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy (Six Weeks with the Bible for Catholic Teens)
Kevin Perrotta,Gerald Darring, Paperback
In Luke's Gospel, we will see that the greatest need of some who meet Jesus is to have their eyes opened to their real need.