A pilgrim people in the Jubilee Year of Mercy
“God never tires of forgiving. God never get bored with our failures. God’s forgiveness cannot be exhausted. There is nothing that you will see on the news that God does not forgive. And the amazing thing, and something that we all struggle with, is that God’s forgiveness is it not dependent on me or you. It is given."
~ Bishop Gary Gordon, Homily
Celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015
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by Bishop Gary, with Bishop Emeritus Remi De Roo
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Jubilee of Mercy begins on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8, 2015, and concludes on the Feast of Christ the King, November 20, 2016. Pope Francis declared that the Jubilee of Mercy is a unique time for the whole people of God to encounter the face of mercy in Jesus Christ, and to reveal the mercy of the Father to all people in order that the Joy of the Gospel may be experienced.
Many of us tend to think of 'mercy' as feeling sorry for someone; having compassion or sympathy, or even asking for forgiveness—'have mercy on me'. But it is more than this. The word has a much deeper meaning. Offering mercy means that we freely enter into the other person’s chaos or suffering. We feel the other person’s pain, see through their eyes, and place ourselves inside the other person’s heart and mind. When that happens, we are moved to respond in a merciful way.
Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria
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