The theme I have chosen is "Why I Love Being Catholic".
Definition: Charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities.
Bible: Matthew 25:40 Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.
Personal: Be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have that power!
Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church. It is a time for the Church across the world to take approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. Pope Francis has asked us as individuals and as a Church “to be a witness of mercy” by reflecting on and practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Beginning December 8, 2015, the Holy Year of Mercy will focus on studying and reflecting on mercy, receiving mercy, and being merciful towards others. *
- Lord Jesus Christ,
- You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
- and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
- Show us your face and we will be saved.
- Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
- the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
- made Peter weep after his betrayal,
- and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
- Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
- “If you knew the gift of God!”
- You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
- of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
- let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
- You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
- in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
- let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
- Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
- so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
- and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
- proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
- We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
- you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.