Mercy

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at Bangui Cathedral, L'Osservatore Romano
The Catholic Church throughout the world formally begins the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy today, 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis invites the whole Church to refashion itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation but of pardon and merciful love. “Perhaps we have long since forgotten how to show and live the way of mercy,” Pope Francis wrote in the document Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy) in which he announced the Jubilee Year. He...
Field of Wheat
In his parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Jesus makes an analysis of the moral dilemma of the human race. He tells of a farmer who planted a crop of wheat. Later, under cover of darkness, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. When the crop started to mature, weeds were growing alongside the wheat. The servants were puzzled as to how could this have happened.  Should they pull up the weeds? The farmer told them to wait until the harvest.  Then they could bundle up the...
Three of the works of mercy are depicted: giving drink to the thirsty, visiting the prisoner and clothing the naked. (Matthew 25) From Jim Forest at flickr.com
The Church is alive, growing, developing throughout time.  In his Spiritual Exercises St Ignatius emphasises the importance of following ‘the mind of the Church’, echoing Jesus’ warning to be ‘alert to the sign of the times.’  In his various comments on the teaching of the Church, Pope Francis would seem to be presenting the mind of the Church today.  In support of the New Evangelisation, Francis urges us not to be afraid of breaking with convention, doing things differently.  Effectively, it...