You can imagine my stupefaction when the Pope announced that he was proclaiming a Jubilee Year of Murphy. Everyone knows that famous saying “Thank heaven for small Murphys”, but a JUBILEE YEAR !!
Well, it was with a jolt that I came down to earth, when they told me he had said “Mercy”. I really do need my ears washing out.
Anyway it begins today on the Solemnity of Mary conceived without sin (Yes, Murphy conceived without sin would have been a bit much, I must admit).
This year we should all try to make a pilgrimage, preferably to a shrine with a Holy Door. If you can’t make it to Rome, where each of thr major Basilicas will have a Holy Door, then what about the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham or the Principal Churches of the Ordinariates? And let’s try to say this prayer for God’s Mercy regularly:
The Pope’s prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
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 through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy.
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.