A number of resources have been prepared for the Year of Mercy.
I’m sort of pleased to say that one of them remains somewhat distinctive.
It offers an oversight of the principal features of the year as can be seen from the contents page below. It will therefore serve as a useful companion to the Year, reminding of its key elements.
Most importantly though, the book especially focuses on the opportunity the Year offers for leading people into prayerful reflection on the Lord’s active and merciful presence in Scripture and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Year of Mercy is an invitation for the Church and the world to know afresh the mercy of God. Prayer – especially in response to the word of God, and in the celebration of the Sacraments – leads us into a deeper knowledge of the God of Mercy and Truth. They also help us to a more faithful and fruitful living, strong in love for God, strong in love for neighbour.
‘A Prayer Book’ seeks to sustain and encourage that process of renewal.
The book comes with a Foreword from Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham
The Jubilee Year of Mercy is rich with promise for the Church and for the world.
Pope Francis has reminded the Church that ‘We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.’
This mercy, made known in Jesus Christ, is the source of our Christian identity. It is also the gift we are asked to share with the whole world. Pope Francis urges us to this also, to be effective signs of the Father’s action in our lives, living witnesses to others of the love God has for everyone.
This booklet helps us make the most of the Jubilee Year. It provides food for our private prayer, and support for times when we come together to pray with others. Used well, it will deepen our experience of God’s mercy, so that the Lord can make us more fit for mission, and strengthen our desire to share the good news of the mercy of God with our families and our neighbours.
+ Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham
Hopefully the book will be available from all good Catholic bookshops. Big discounts, however, are available if you go direct to the publisher…