Extraordinary Jubilee Year Means Mercy

Rev. Frank Pavone Extraordinary Jubilee Year Means Mercy

It is time for the doors of mercy to open even wider for the People of God. Jesus Christ himself is the mercy of God. To believe in him is to believe in mercy, to witness to him is to witness to mercy. And the Church wants us to become experts in this.

That is why Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to be observed from Dec. 8, 2015 through Nov. 20, 2016.

On April 11, the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Pope issued the document explaining the purpose and vision of this special Holy Year. It intersects perfectly with our commitment to rescue children from the violence of abortion.

Pope Francis points out that mercy is seen in God’s actions, and must be seen in ours. He points out that Psalm 146 “attests to the concrete signs of his mercy: ‘He secures justice for the oppressed; he gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.’… In short, the mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality through which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child” (n.6).

Later in the document, naturally, the Pope points out how this is fulfilled in Jesus’ own description of his ministry as one that will “proclaim liberty to the captives”.

If we are to live out mercy, therefore, the Pope explains that we are to “look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates. How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out … Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!” (n. 15)

As he had pointed out in Evangelii Gaudium, the most defenseless of all are unborn children. Certainly they live in “fringes modern society itself creates” by its false and destructive declaration that they are not persons, that they do not deserve the protection of the law.

Living mercy means seeing their misery and speaking up for them. Death is a result of sin. Mercy not only forgives our sin, it rescues us from death. The Holy Year, the Pope writes, is “to proclaim liberty to those bound by new forms of slavery in modern society…to restore dignity to all those from whom it has been robbed” (n. 16). Let us practice mercy for the children in the womb, speaking up for them and rescuing them from death!

Father Pavone is national director of Priests for Life

Extraordinary Jubilee Year Means Mercy

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.
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It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning. George Orwell

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Rand Paul Philly Bound

Rand Paul Philly Bound -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and possible GOP presidential nominee will be appearing on Independence Mall, Monday, May 18.Call it Paul at the Mall.

We have been informed that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and possible GOP presidential nominee will be appearing on Independence Mall, Monday, May 18.

A crowd of 1,000 is expected, and there will be a Q and A with WPHT talk show hosts.

Paul would make a great nominee and president. Of course, so would Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and maybe a few others who live north of Florida and west of New Jersey.

OK, Marco Rubio might be OK.

Rand Paul Philly Bound

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
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Answer to yesterday's puzzle: The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it. Benjamin Franklin

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None Dare Call Clinton Cash What?

None Dare Call Clinton Cash What?
Treason doth never prosper: what ’s the reason?

Since 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned at least $136.5 million with the money spiking for Bill’s speaking fees after Hillary became Obama’s Secretary of State.

The money came from foreign governments and business interests. This includes $2.35 million from Uranium One of which the state-owned Russian atomic agency, Rosatom now owns in its entirety.

Uranium One’s mines account for 20 percent of the uranium mined in the U.S.

The sale of Uranium One to the Russians was something that raised concerns among many. It went, through, anyway, apparently at Mrs. Clinton’s behest.

Revelations such as this are detailed in the book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer scheduled to hit the shelves May 5 but is already being discussed by media outlets that have obtained advanced copies.

The Clintons character didn’t magically change when Bill left office. One wonders how much safer and how much freer the world would have been if he had never entered.

Treason doth never prosper: what ’s the reason?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

Sir John Harrington

 

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
Frederick Douglass

Answer to yesterday's puzzle: People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. Frederick Douglass

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Ted Bundy almost killed Debbie Harry of the band Blondie. Bundy didn’t know that the young women he had enticed into his car was a soon-to-be famous singer. Miss Harry didn’t know Bundy was also going to end up being famous.

Ted Bundy almost killed Debbie Harry of Blondie

Bill Rhoads Engineering Feat

Bill Rhoads Engineering Feat
The hammer beams and uprights tight against the wall at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church in Ridley, Pa. The stone outcrop upon which the wooden structure is resting is called a corbel.

Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church is now in service in Ridley and a hero whose story deserves to be sung is Bill Rhoads of Rhoads Plumbing and Heating of Springfield.

The former, and historic, Leiper Presbyterian Church  at 900 Fairview Road was acquired by the Ukrainian Catholic Archepachy of Philadelphia in May 2014 for $525,000 to be the new home for the congregations of Saints Peter and Paul of Clifton Heights and Holy Ghost of Chester.

Leiper closed in January 2012. The existing building was erected in 1850 a year after a fire destroyed the original one built in 1819, the cornerstone for which can still be seen in an inside hallway.

Anyway, when the Archepachy acquired it, it was in bad shape. The hammer beams that supported the arches that supported the ceiling had pulled  from the wall.  The gaps were obvious. Consultants were advocating expensive and unattractive solutions which included removing the beautiful but heavy slate roof and replacing it with an ugly commercial, metal one.

Rhoads, who had done work for Saints Peter and Paul and who was picked to guide the process of upgrading the kitchen and HVAC at the new facility, had a notion that the beauty of the structure could be saved along with much money.

He researched the architecture and learned that the original builders neglected to install the necessary bolts fastening important uprights to the wall. These uprights connected the hammer beams to the interior corbels hence  they supported the entire roof.

Rhoads realized that all that may be needed was jacking the beams back against the wall and installing  bolts. He ran his idea by engineers and the Ridley code enforcers and got a green light.

Hence it was done, and a church and history were saved.

Along with a lot of money.

Maybe the Springfield School District ought to have a talk with Mr. Rhoads.

What could have been a bland, utilitarian building is now warm place of worship and one of Delaware County’s most beautiful churches.

Eastern Catholics are self-governing  churches in full communion with the Pope. Roman Catholics can fully participate in Eastern Catholic services just as Eastern Catholics often attend Roman Catholic services. This of course means the mutual reception of the Holy Eucharist.

Holy Myrrh-Bearers address is at 900 Fairview Road, Pa.  Swarthmore 19081. It will have Masses 10 a.m., Sundays.

The church is named for the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus after his crucifixion and found the tomb empty, along with Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, who prepared the Lord’s body for burial. The women who found the empty tomb are Mary the Mother of God, Mary Magdalene and Martha, who were the sisters of Lazarus; Mary, the mother of James and Joses; Mary, the wife of Cleopas; Joanna, the wife of Chuza; Salome, the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee; and Susanna.

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