Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Close out Election '16 and the Year of Mercy

With our nation clearly divided on far too many levels, let's pause to appreciate the fact that Christian hope lies neither in political parties, nor in governmental programs and economic policies. 

"Our help is the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth" (Ps 124:8).

With the Jubilee Year of Mercy drawing to a close, let's join with Pope Francis and missionaries of mercy everywhere to pray for ongoing personal conversion and societal transformation through the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ:





Pope Francis' Prayer for the Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew
from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene
from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,
the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all
by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world,
its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion
for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved,
and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary,
Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever. Amen!