The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality with which He reveals His love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child.
Pope Francis thus described God’s mercy when announcing a Jubilee Year dedicated to this aspect of Our Lord’s great love for us. The Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) and concluded November 20, 2016 (The Feast of Christ the King), but God’s mercy is ever present to embrace us.
Know that as you consider a possible return to the life of the Catholic Church, God seeks to shower you in His mercy.
There may be many reasons you left the Church. There may be one singular reason. Or … there may be no particular reason and you simply drifted away from the Church as you experienced life in the culture.
But whatever it is, know that the God of mercy is calling you to reconsider your path and desires to love you beyond anything you can imagine.
Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy so that the entire Church may plunge more deeply into this reality and allow God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to help us understand what it means to be a people of mercy as we follow a God Who is all merciful.
If you’d like to learn more about the Year of Mercy, here are some helpful resources:
Pope Francis’ declaration Misericordiae Vultus (“Face of Mercy”) announcing the Jubilee (the source of the quote at top)
The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, an encyclopedic site on the message and the devotion