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Mercy With Misery: 12 Key Phrases From the Pope's New Apostolic Letter

“Now is the time”

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At the end of the Jubilee of Mercy on Sunday, Pope Francis signed the apostolic letter “Misericordia et misera” (Mercy with misery). Here are 12 phrases taken from the letter:
It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of God’s love when it touches the sinner: “the two of them alone remained: mercy with misery”.
Like a gusting but wholesome wind, the Lord’s goodness and mercy have swept through the entire world.
[W]e are called to celebrate mercy
In the Church’s prayer, then, references to mercy, far from being merely exhortative, are highly performative, which is to say that as we invoke mercy with faith, it is granted to us, and as we confess it to be vital and real, it transforms us.
[In the homily] “truth goes hand in hand with beauty and goodness” so that the hearts of believers may thrill before the grandeur of mercy!
The Bible is the great story of the marvels of God’s mercy. Every one of its pages is steeped in the love of the Father who from the moment of creation wished to impress the signs of his love on the universe
The Sacrament of Reconciliation must regain its central place in the Christian life. This requires priests capable of putting their lives at the service of the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18), in such a way that, while no sincerely repentant sinner is prevented from drawing near to the love of the Father who awaits his return, everyone is afforded the opportunity of experiencing the liberating power of forgiveness.
Another face of mercy is consolation. “Comfort, comfort my people” (Is 40:1) is the heartfelt plea that the prophet continues to make today, so that a word of hope may come to all those who experience suffering and pain.
Yet death must be faced and prepared for as a painful and inescapable passage, yet one charged with immense meaning, for it is the ultimate act of love towards those we leave behind and towards God whom we go forth to meet.
The desire for closeness to Christ requires us to draw near to our brothers and sisters, for nothing is more pleasing to the Father than a true sign of mercy.
Now is the time to unleash the creativity of mercy, to bring about new undertakings, the fruit of grace
Today many people have no experience of God himself, and this represents the greatest poverty and the major obstacle to recognition of the inviolable dignity of human life.

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Kathleen Naab

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