If there is a reality that we consider familiar but is altogether unknown, yes, that’s Mercy. This suggests that we may run the risk of reaching the end of this Year of Mercy without having really pierced its real meaning.

Is Mercy the distinguishing and quintessential feature of God? Or do we rather think so because that is how we look at things from our smallness?

Does Mercy exclusively mean forgiveness of sins? Or is there also a different view of Mercy as God’s permanent attitude of compassion for our poverty and fragility manifesting thus His divine tenderness to us?

What if this Year of Mercy could be the right moment to reconsider your existence?

It is not a good start if perhaps we just feel satisfied with our personal experience about mercy yet we do not grasp the undeniable innovation it entails. Presumption is our inseparable travelling companion but also our great limitation.

The Holy Father wants us to discover along this year its four components: Catechesis for the announcement of Mercy, the sacrament of Penance as an experience of Mercy itself, works of Mercy and the pilgrimage to pass through the Holy Door.

“Fruits of Prayer,” is a book that was very carefully planned, elaborated and lived by Mother Trinidad, and it will help us over the course of this special Year, guiding us in that “Catechesis for the announcement of Mercy”.

Under the general title of “LIVING IN THE TRUTH,” this book includes several paragraphs that will lead us in our way for not getting lost in rediscovering Mercy, a discovery that is actually more of a living experience than intellectual knowledge only. These paragraphs are the following:

EVANGELICAL SIMPLICITY: Yes, because it is only the little ones who are able to trust in God’s Heart. Let us adopt trust as our attitude for life.

GOD COMUNICATES TO THE LITTLE ONES, and the secrets of the Kingdom are revealed to them.

ONE ABYSS ATTRACTS ANOTHER ABYSS. When we experience and acknowledge the “abyss” of our poverty, we irresistibly attract the abyss of God’s infinite Mercy.

MY NOTHINGNESS AND GOD’S ALL. If our “I” lives in truth, it decreases, but in the “all” of God it is increased reaching its true full dimension.

HUMILITY. Why is humility so greatly desired and so very little possessed?

INCOMPREHENSION, APOLOGIES… LACK OF HUMILITY! Our instinct to avoid blame is stronger than ourselves. We can even go as far as to blame God for our own failures and complain for feeling abandoned by Him.

PRIDE IS THE CRY OF “ME ALONE!” Sooner or later, the greater enemy who torments our existence is expected to appear: pride.

DEATH IS THE DEMOSTRATION THAT “GOD ALONE IS HIMSELF”: Paradoxically, only through death are we able to find our true rest and reach life in fullness.

This Year will also offer us an opportunity to live the Sacrament of Penance as a deep experience of self-renewal and not as a “test of quality” that provides us with feelings of justification for the very fact of having complied with it, and even less should we consider Confession as a personal defeat before God, but as the descending into the abyss of our inner tragedy in order to take a leap and be deeply immersed in the abyss of God’s compassionate heart.

The Works of Mercy, both corporal and spiritual, make our love rest from its need to be shown unto others. And not only to others, but also to oneself, because… be careful! Maybe you are convinced that “To clothe the naked” is only for others… If that is your case, take a look to what the Book of Revelation (3: 17) says: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” Change your vision about this work of mercy. And the vision of the rest will probably change as well.

Cross any of the Holy Doors designated in your Diocese. May it be for you like the crossing of the threshold of the Mystery of Incarnation and entering into Christ; like the door of the Tabernacle, where the Lord is always waiting for you lovingly and untiringly.

Let us not reduce this special Year to mere routine or to acts of piety only. Renew your life. Live every single event in this Year out of mercy for yourself and for others. And above all do it for the love of God, who truly deserves everything from us.

May each and every one of the twenty five “post” that will be published throughout this Year of Mercy make us live it to the full.