Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
This Sunday we not only continue our Advent journey as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas and await his coming at the end of time – but we also prepare for the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. The Year of Mercy begins on Tuesday, December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day.
On December 8th, I will bless a door at the Cathedral and designate it a “Holy Door.” Passing through the door during the Year of Mercy is a sign that we are pilgrims on a journey seeking Christ and his mercy in our daily lives. Locally, we have adopted the theme of “Try, Show, Live God’s Mercy” as a reminder of our own journeys and of how we are to encounter and witness to one another.
This Jubilee Year calls us to:
➤ Accept more deeply God’s forgiveness in our lives, especially through Confession;
➤ Be able to forgive ourselves for our past sins;
➤ Show mercy to others.
There will be opportunities in your parish and throughout the archdiocese to observe this Year of Mercy. Please keep informed through your parish bulletin, the Clarion Herald and our website, nolacatholic.org.
As we begin this Jubilee Year, may our hearts be touched by the words of Jesus:
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
Wishing you God’s blessings and his merciful love, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans