Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
In announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis declared:
I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.
The Year of Mercy commences on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will conclude on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe.
In the Brown-RISD Catholic Community, we will celebrate the year of mercy by availing ourselves of God's mercy, through prayer and the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Penance. Of course, as recipients of God's mercy, we are also called to extend that mercy to others, particularly in performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The Works of Mercy
|Corporal Works of Mercy||Spiritual Works of Mercy|
|Feed the hungry||Instruct the Ignorant|
|Give drink to the thirsty||Counsel the doubtful|
|Clothe the naked||Admonish sinners|
|Shelter the homeless||Bear wrongs patiently|
|Visit the sick||Forgive offenses|
|Ransom the captive||Comfort the afflicted|
|Bury the dead||Pray for the living and the dead|