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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Oct 19, 2016)
In calling for the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (which began Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and ends Nov. 20, the Solemnity of Christ the King), Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to know the face of God's mercy — Jesus Christ Incarnate — and to show that face of mercy to our friends, neighbors, and enemies.

To that end, a year ago I prepared a to-do list for the Jubilee Year, one that, if followed, would be of monumental consequence to ourselves and those around us.

Let's revisit this to-do list. If you're lagging behind or have yet to cross any items off of it, it's not too late. The Lord will bless your efforts.

To Do List
• Forgive those who have hurt you or have done you wrong. If possible, consider forgiving debts owed to you and/or paying off the debts you owe to others.

• Go to Confession regularly — monthly or even weekly.

• Read and meditate on the Sacred Scriptures, especially the Gospel of Luke.

• Perform one or more works of mercy every day.

• Go on a pilgrimage.

• Share the Good News of God's mercy through your words and good deeds.

• Celebrate the next Divine Mercy Sunday in your parish, receiving Communion in the state of grace in order to receive the "clean slate grace."

• Place the Divine Mercy Image in a prominent place in your home and venerate it daily.

• Offer a novena of chaplets for the intentions Jesus gave St. Faustina in the nine days preceding Divine Mercy Sunday.

• Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily, imploring mercy "on us, and on the whole world."

• Make the Stations of the Cross regularly, especially at 3 p.m., the Hour of Great Mercy.

• Read the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.

• Fulfill the conditions for plenary indulgences and offer those indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

• Resolve to learn more about some saints who are outstanding for receiving mercy or showing God's mercy to those around them.

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jane - Nov 2, 2016

I have loved this year of devine mercy I don't want to see it end. I wish we could have had the first extraordinary jubilee decade as the world needs more mercy now than it ever did.

Texas lady - Nov 2, 2016

I totally agree with Jane. This year has been amazing focusing on the needs of others for me and learning to let go and let God.

Mike - Nov 2, 2016

During the year of Mercy I have concentrated to Mary. She lead me to a deeper understanding of God's Mercy in my life and the need for prayer. I have witnessed a renewed spirituality with my spouse, boldness in spreading God's love to those I incounter and a much stronger love for genuine and brilliant Church.

Mike - Nov 2, 2016

I have enjoyed the year of Mercy immensely. The one question I have is this; Our Deacon told me that by entering our Church's door is entering the Door of Mercy, as I have no means to make a pilgrimage, or must I go to a special Church in my area?