The Year of Mercy

Jubilee_of_Mercy_logoThe Holy Door at St Mary’s opened at Mass today. The door, and therefore the church with access to narthex only, will be open every day from 9.00 am to 5.00pm. At the opening of the Holy Door in Rome the Holy Father said “This Extraordinary Year is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door  means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. It is he who seeks us! It is he who comes to encounter us! This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy. How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his Mercy! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment and in any event God’s judgement will always be in the light of his mercy. In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love, of tenderness. Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things”.