Be a Monument to Mercy
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.