The Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has announced a special jubilee Year of Mercy, beginning on December 8.  This is a particularly good time to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation and return to our Father who is "rich in mercy" (Eph 2:4).

"We need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy.  It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace... Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to he hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness" (Pope Francis, announcing the Year of Mercy).

In particular, the Pope has offered a special opportunity: anyone who is outside the grace of the Church by procuring an abortion can be restored and receive forgiveness through Reconciliation.  This has long been the case in Wichita, but we have a special opportunity to extend that forgiveness throughout the world and to invite others into God's mercy through His sacraments.

Papal Bull announcing the Year of Mercy:  https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html

Quick Facts to clarify statement on abortion: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pursuedbytruth/2015/09/5-quick-facts-pope-francis-abortion-and-the-year-of-mercy.html

May we, like the Prodigal Son, return to our Father full of sorrow and compassion.  He will embrace us filled with mercy and joyfully say, "My son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found." (Lk. 15:24).