Toddlers in Mercy 20Nov2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“Before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort:

All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day.”         

Jesus’ words to St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary, par. 83

The Extraordinary Year of Mercy comes to a conclusion today as we celebrate the Kingship of Christ. The great Holy Door at St. Peter’s will be closed and sealed until the next Holy Year. Also, the many Holy Doors around the world will lose their special designation and return to their previous status as normal entryways to the church.

This is a good time to reflect on the past year and what it means going forward. Christ’s desire, as revealed in His apparitions to St. Faustina, is for us to incorporate Mercy into our daily lives. How does this happen for me?

We pray to God as Our Father, and rightly so.

We refer to our Church as Holy Mother, and rightly so.

We think of ourselves as children, maturing into adults and living lives no longer as children but as grown men and women, full of the wisdom of life. But are we?

The Extraordinary Year of Mercy was an invitation for us to explore the concept of Mercy and learn new ways to adapt our lives to reflect the Merciful Heart of Christ. In a way, we became newborns in Mercy, assimilating in our lives the acts of Mercy as depicted in the Gospels and as exemplified by Pope Francis. Just as newborns struggle to learn the intricacies of life, so we too stumbled through these first 14 months as children of Mercy, learning and assimilating the Merciful Love of Christ, the King.

As the doors close on this 14 month period of infancy we continue to grow in Mercy. We now enter a period of toddlerhood in our lives of Mercy. We will certainly experience more successes and identify more shortcomings but we shall not quit—lest we die.

Deacon Richard

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