“Today we are united with the universal Church in rejoicing in the victory of Jesus Christ, the One who dispelled the power of darkness, who turned suffering to glory and even death to life. In uniting ourselves to him, we share in His victory and discover the grace and strength we need to walk in faith during our earthly journey so that one day we will live with Him forever.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are especially reminded that the Risen Lord offers us newness of life through the forgiveness of our sins. As his witnesses, we are to radiate the joy that is ours in being made a new creation in Christ. We are also to imitate Christ and offer forgiveness to those who have offended us so that nothing separates or divides us. Our witness will also be enhanced when others see us fervent in prayer, generous in service, and joyful in hope.”
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
Pope Francis has declared this the Jubilee Year Of Mercy. He calls us to be merciful with our neighbor. To see Jesus in everyone we meet. To joyfully serve.
“Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.” This is a quote from Pope Francis in his Message For Lent released on January 26th. He calls us to task especially in this Jubilee Year Of Mercy.
Giving our neighbor a hand with a project, or helping with a food drive are just simple ways we can live our faith. Giving of our self in the neighborhood school or church. Visiting the sick or shut-ins. Praying for the souls in Purgatory or for the victims of a natural disaster. Volunteering at a homeless shelter or hospice. Doing our daily chores and offering the merit of them for those in need. These are such simple acts that we can do which will have an amazing effect on our world and our spiritual health.
During Lent we attempt to become closer to God. This small prayer to our Heavenly Father expresses that attempt succinctly. Without grace we cannot live the life God created us to live.
Prayer, abstinence, fasting, and corporal works of mercy strengthen our spiritual being which opens the floodgates to mercy.