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2015-16

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“T

his is our year.”

That phrase came up again and again

as we discussed the upcoming extraor-

dinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in meetings here at the

National Shrine of The Divine Mercy i

n Stockbridge,

Massachusetts.

Now don’t get me wrong: Every year is a time to

live “for Christ and the Church,” as Marian Renovator

Blessed George Matulaitis

would say. But this Jubilee

is something special,

an invitation and a challenge

the

Holy Father has placed before us to live a truth taught by

Jesus through St. Faustina and reiter-

ated by the Great Mercy Pope, St. John

Paul II:

Now is the time for mercy.

This is our year!

It seems tailor-

made to the Marians’ special calling

from the Lord to spread the message of

Divine Mercy

an

d devotion to the mys- tery of the Immaculate Conception.

Indeed, the Jubilee begins on Dec.

8, the Marians’ patronal feast day,

th

e Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

What a grace from God!

Founded in Poland in 1673,

we were the first Catholic men’s order

to give witness to Mary’s Immaculate Conception by

bearing her title in our name. This was some two cen-

turies before the Church would proclaim th

e dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Why begin the Jubilee on this date? What is Pope

Francis up to? He is highlighting the fact that God

desires all of us to become like Mary, humbly and obe-

diently doing the will of the Father. Her Immaculate

Conception is a signpost for what we can be. In

Heaven, we will be pure of heart. But God wants us to

begin the process now, on earth.

The biggest problem today is that there aren’t

enough living saints making Jesus present in the

world. Our Holy Father wants us to become part of the

solution to that. This Jubilee is to be “a journey that

starts with a spiritual conversion,” he said. The Pope

is calling upon the Church “to find in this Jubilee the

joy of rediscovering and making fruitful the mercy of God,

with which we are all called to give consolation

to every man and every woman of our time.”

He knows graces abound for those who invoke Our

Lady’s powerful intercession.

“At the foot of the cross, Mary, together with John,

the disciple of love, witnessed the words of

forgiveness

spoken by Jesus,” he said. “This supreme expression of

mercy towards those who crucified him show us the

point to which the mercy of God can reach. Mary attests

that the mercy of the Son of God knows no bounds and

extends to everyone, without exception.”

It’s also telling that the Jubilee concludes on the

Solemnity of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016. Indeed,

the whole Jubilee leads us to Jesus through Mary

Immaculate!

This is our year!

In calling for the Jubilee, the Holy Father is also

emphasizing yet another mission of th

e Marians

and

Marian Helpers:

the spread of the

Divine Mercy

revelations of St. Faustina,

who he specifically men-

tions by name i

n Misericordiae Vultus

(The Face of Mercy)

, the papal bull

declaring the Jubilee.

In 1941, barely three years

after the death of Sr. Faustina, the

Divine Mercy devotion was brought

to the United States from Poland

by a Marian priest,

Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski.

Since that time, thanks to the work of

the Marians and our Marian Helpers, we have wit-

nessed wonderful fruits in the lives of those who have

embraced the Lord’s call through St. Faustina to turn

from sin, receive Christ’s mercy, and share his mercy

with others. The Holy Father knows the power of this

message: that it brings about renewed peace and hope,

miracles of grace, and extraordinary conversions.

In his papal bull, the Holy Father said of St. Faustina,

“May she, who was called to enter the depths of divine

mercy, intercede for us and obtain for us the grace of

living and walking always according to the mercy of

God and with an unwavering trust in his love.”

This is our year!

Let us turn in prayer to

Mary Immaculate,

asking

her to strengthen us in holiness and guide us to her

Son, Christ the King.

Let’s forgive those who have hurt us.

Let’s go to

Confession

regularly.

Let’s meditate on the

Sacred Scriptures.

Let’s pray th

e Divine Mercy Chaplet

daily, imploring

mercy “on us, and on the whole world.”

Let’s perform one or more works of mercy every day

(see page 22).

Dear Marian Helpers, let’s go and announce the

Gospel of Mercy.

The world needs a Church in splendor.

This is our year!

J

ubilee homepage

Visit our special home

page for the Jubilee Year:

TheDivineMercy.org/jubilee.

There you’ll find news

updated regularly and videos

to help guide you in your

spiritual journey during this

extraordinary year.

MH