Opening the Door of Mercy Vs. Condemnation…

Pope Francis pushes open the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally launching the Holy Year of Mercy, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The 12-month jubilee emphasizes what has become the leitmotif of his papacy: to show the merciful and welcoming side of a Catholic Church more often known for its moralizing and judgment. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis pushes open the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, formally launching the Holy Year of Mercy, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The 12-month jubilee emphasizes what has become the leitmotif of his papacy: to show the merciful and welcoming side of a Catholic Church more often known for its moralizing and judgment. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

On December 8, 2015 Pope Francis opened the Door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome symbolizing the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. His Holiness began by  providing a symbolic message of opening the doors of our hearts to Mercy; the Mercy of God upon us as well as extending that same Mercy to others in this world, rather than condemning each other for our own sinfulness.

The Holy Father chose December 8th for a special reason as this is the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. John Paul II wrote;

“… it marks the moment when the Holy Spirit, who had already infused the fullness of grace into Mary of Nazareth, formed in her virginal womb the human nature of Christ. This fullness marks the moment when, with the entrance of the eternal into time, time itself is redeemed, and being filled with the mystery of Christ becomes definitely “salvation time”.” 

~ Redemptoris Mater St. John Paul II

Through the great Fiat of the Blessed Mother, her yes opened the door of salvation to enter into the world; thus our yes, should open the door to salvation to all; “God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son…” ~ John 3:16

His Holiness, Pope Francis addressed almost 50,000 people this morning saying, “We have to put mercy before judgement, and in any event God’s judgment will always be in the light of His mercy.”

His mercy extends to all people; good, bad, right, wrong, better, worse, and indifferent, for all have fallen short of His Grace. ~ Romans 3:23 We should not condemn, but love as He loves us.

Throughout this Year of Mercy you will receive, hopefully, on a daily basis, reflections on this website taken directly from the Papal Bull of Indiction Misericordiae Vultus. It is our prayer that you would read, understand, implement and share the teachings and edicts given from our Holy Father, that we all might be the Face of the Father’s Mercy to all.

Keep on Keepin’ on!

Richard Lane Ministries

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