And it’s my day to reflect on The Divine Mercy of God!
And I am…
Jumping with Joy!
Papa made the best announcement recently & my heart is still over the moon giddy! It’s been so thumpity-thumping, over-joyed pumping, that my rib-cage feels bruised. (Well not really, but that’s a pretty good word-exaggeration to give you an indicator of just how HAPPY I am!) Pope Francis (Papa) announced on Friday, March 13, 2015 that next year will be an extraordinary jubilee year dedicated to mercy!
Pope Francis will make the formal announcement on April 12th which is Divine Mercy Sunday!!
“Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy,” Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported. “It’s a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”
Luke 6:36, “Be merciful as your Father is merciful,” will be the verse for the year!
“I am convinced that the whole Church will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and making fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and every woman of our time,” CNA quotes the pontiff, adding that he then entrusted the Holy Year to Mary, Mother of Mercy. You can read even more at the Catholic Beat.
As Pope Frances wrote in Evangelii Gaudium: “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”
I have been dancing the Divine Mercy Dance, body and soul, (another great visual) ever-since learning of this!
And I can just imagine how smile-face-happy St. Faustina would be!
“Oh most Holy Tinity! As many times as I breathe, as many times as my heart beats, as many times as my blood pulsates through my body, so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your Mercy!” -St. Faustina
St. Faustina also wrote in her Diary:
“Today, my soul is preparing for the coming of the Lord, who can do all things, who can make me perfect and holy. I am preparing very carefully for His reception, but there arose the difficulty as to how to present this to Him? I rejected it (this difficulty) at once. I will present it as my heart dictates.” – entry, 1825
May we each begin today to prepare our own hearts for the coming of this beautiful year in the Church, a Holy Year of Mercy!
I know Helen already is!
hugs n’ blessings!