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Reflecting on the Year of Mercy: Weekly Message for 11-15-16
Dear Fellow Digital Pilgrim, pax Christi:
God’s mercy never comes to an end, but this Jubilee Year of Mercy is almost over. As the Solemnity of Christ the King approaches, the liturgy lifts our eyes to Him, the King who reigns from the throne of the Cross. That symbolism is the perfect conclusion for this Jubilee Year. He reigns, he rules, through his mercy, through his absorption of the punishment of our sins and his pouring out in return the saving grace of his forgiveness, his mercy.
I sincerely hope that you have been able to experience this mercy afresh during this Jubilee Year. And all of us here at RCSpirituality.org hope that our six Retreat Guides on different aspects of God’s infinite mercy have helped you do that.
You may have noticed that even though all our Retreat Guides this year were centered on the theme of mercy, none of them mentioned explicitly this particular Jubilee Year of Mercy. That’s because we hope and pray that every single Retreat Guide we create will be an “evergreen” spiritual resource. Regardless of the ebb and flow of current events, socio-economic crises, and even ecclesiastical jubilees, we will all need to continue praying, to continue seeking God’s face and experiencing the renewing power of his mercy.
And so, thanks to the hard work of our team, as well as your prayers and financial support, we have been able to produce a series of Retreat Guides that will be helping people experience God’s mercy not only for one year, but for as long as people continue watching videos, listening to podcasts, or reading PDFs.
And if you missed any of these Retreat Guides, they are still available! Taking some time to work through the one you missed during this last hour of the Jubilee Year could be a great way to continue to grow in the grace that God has been pouring out all year. One of my personal favorites is “Miracles of Mercy: A Retreat Guide on the Healing Touch of Jesus.”
As we lift our eyes to the Lord of Mercy reigning from his throne on Calvary, let’s not only renew our commitment to spread the Good News of his saving mercy, but let’s also thank Him for giving us all a share in the great mission of experiencing that mercy in our own lives, so that we become reservoirs and channels of that mercy wherever we go and whatever we do.
Keep counting on my prayers for you and for all our digital pilgrims and missionaries. May God continue to bless you as you continue to build up the only Kingdom that will last forever, the Kingdom of Christ.
Peace in Him,
Fr John Bartunek, LC