At this very moment, I am penning this article from the city of Jerusalem. I, along with two other priests, and 40 pilgrims from the Diocese of Brooklyn are walking in the footsteps of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ through the cities of Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.
There’s a full court press on to urge Catholics to make use of the confessional on Reconciliation Monday, April 10. It’s a tri-diocesan effort with the Archdiocese of New York joining with the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre in a massive public relations campaign.
With new ashes upon our heads and a mandate to “return to God with all our hearts,” we come to this Lent 2017. We pray God walks ahead and alongside us as we begin this journey of repentance and mercy.
Pope Francis described 2016 as a “packed year,” one full of initiatives that helped Catholics “see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God.”
Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.
Today’s “end time” readings are strong warnings and urgent reminders. They remind each of us of who we are and Whose we are through our baptism. We contemplate who we’re called to be and Who we, as Christians, are called to follow and proclaim with our lives.
On an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis said Christ’s followers are called “to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus,” and offered a new list of beatitudes for modern Christians.
A Catholic, a Jewish, a Muslim and a Protestant leader got together at St. Francis College last week to talk about Mercy.
In honor of Respect Life Month, pro-life groups around the diocese have special events planned during October.
Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and this year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy.”