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Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move – Jubilee Year of Mercy!

Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move! Jubilee Year of Mercy   For several weeks, I have been pondering an unusual little phrase that I came across in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [Evangelii Gaudium]. The words just jumped off the page. He writes, “Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne... Read More

Mercy Not Sacrifice

March 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mercy

Mercy Not Sacrifice   Easter! The Resurrection of the Lord! What a glorious and joyous season. We have fasted, given alms and prayed. We have done what the Church called us to, in imitation of the Lord, in order to follow more closely in His footsteps. All this is good. But, now what? I can’t help wondering, especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy—and I do not exclude myself from this—how... Read More

It’s the Year of Mercy, Not Compassion!

It’s the Year of Mercy, Not Compassion!   Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin tomorrow, December 8, 2015, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. He has led the way for this with some powerful initiatives, such as giving selected priests, Missionaries of Mercy appointed exclusively by the Holy Father, the power to forgive sins which would normally be reserved... Read More