Friday, March 07, 2014

“The entire Church in our time” is “living in the time of mercy,” Pope Francis

“We are not here to perform a spiritual exercise for the beginning of Lent, but rather to listen to the voice of the Spirit that speaks to everyone in the Church in this, our time, which is indeed the time of mercy”. - Pope Francis to the Clergy of Rome

I don't know about you, but I think it is awesome the Holy Father keeps mentioning the fact that we are living in the time of Mercy - this time specifically referring to St. Faustina and the devotion revealed to her by Our Lord.

Speak to the world about My mercy… It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina, 848


  1. I think that was a significant statement the Holy Father made. It sure seems to me that recent saints are those of "divine mercy", especially so.

  2. Thanks for pointing this out Terry! Pope John Paul II repeatedly pointed to the Great Jubilee Year as the beginning of the new Springtime of the Church. His canonization of St Faustina and inauguration of the feast of Divine Mercy in the year 2000 was an especially significant insight to his thoughts on this matter. As he stated in his Divine Mercy Sunday homily in 2001:
    'Jesus said to Sr Faustina one day: "Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy". Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.'
    John Paul II clearly believed that the Church was entering into the time of Mercy at the turn of the millennium, and it seems that this belief continues to be upheld by Pope Francis.

    1. I totally agree - thanks Emmett!

  3. Does "Day of Justice" refer to the Last Judgment?

    I always get leery about stuff like that because I don't believe it's very profitable to speculate about when the end times are, especially since, in a sense, we are all living in our own "end times".

    Also, where does the idea that the 20th century would belong to the devil, followed by a new springtime, come from? Wasn't it attributed to Leo XIII?

  4. Just for you Merc - that prophecy is just for you.


    I'm not sure what the day of justice means - one day is as a thousand years in God's eye - so I'm not sure.

    We have been in the last days since Christ ascended.

    Leo XIII supposedly had the vision - but I think JPII probably had his own - not sure - just speculating. At any rate, Benedict and Francis believe in the new springtime.

    Let's be simple and not concern ourselves with speculative interpretation of other people's visions.

    "All good children go to heaven".


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