"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Holy Year of Mercy and the Shemitah/Jubilee Year.

Religious numerologists are worried.

So many people fear punishment and judgement - but this is the time of mercy.

The Jewish Shmita/Shemitah is a Sabbath year.  There are many books and articles about it, likewise many speculations that something bad is supposed to happen - economic collapse and all of that.  I haven't read a lot about it, but it seems to me the fears surrounding the Shmita and Jubilee Year are based in part on a sort of Protocols of the Elders of Zion mentality.

That said, I think it no coincidence Pope Francis called the Holy Year of Mercy at this time - which corresponds nicely with the Shemitah/Jubilee Year in Judaism.

The Holy Year of Mercy will be a time of extraordinary graces.  It is not a curse. 

“I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." - Matt. 18:22

I may be wrong, but it seems Jesus used the reference to the Sabbath/Jubilee year to demonstrate to Peter that the Divine Mercy is without limit - even when a brother "wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” - Luke 17:4

Seventy years ago, the Concentration Camps were liberated in Nazi Germany.  Seventy years strikes me as rather significant ... why?

The recent revelations concerning the Planned Parenthood abortion industry selling human body parts and tissue for research and commercial use: It is so evocative of Nazi Germany.  The Nazis used human beings for scientific research, they used human beings for all sorts of industry.  They exterminated the human beings they could not use or who were simply undesirable or unwanted.  These were tortured and starved to death, others gassed.  The otherwise able-bodied human resources were worked to death.

Seventy years ago.

When the camps were liberated - it is said Eisenhower was so distressed by the horror, he ordered German citizens to tour and see what had been done.  It is argued that he didn't do it, but rather Patton did it.  It doesn't matter who ordered it - it was done.  It was done because the German citizenry claimed they did not know about the atrocities.  It was done because even American soldiers didn't believe it.  It was done so that journalists would report and record it, because Eisenhower knew it would be dismissed as anti-Nazi propaganda.
"I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that “the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda” - Eisenhower
German civilians were ordered to 
see dead bodies at Buchenwald concentration camp.

Don't worry too much about September 2015.

Many Christian fundamentalists seem to be worried that the Shemitah presages an economic collapse, an economic disaster.  Perhaps that is what it will take to make us acknowledge the atrocities committed by the abortion industry.  An industry the United States supports and exports.

We need to look at the results sooner or later.

The Holy Year is a time of mercy and reconciliation.  An extraordinary year - perhaps we can let the prisoners go free - perhaps we can liberate the camps - and force the citizenry to see what we have done.

Start seeing the dead.


  1. It is anticipated that when Pope Francis pronounces on Medjugorje, it will coincide with the Jubilee of Mercy.

    First message from the ‘apparition’ 34 years ago was a call to Peace through reconciliation with God and each other.

    The call is still being made.

    It is the mission of the Church to bring the people to God.

    It’s also the mission of Mary to bring the people to her Son.

    I’m quite excited and have a sense of wonderment about the upcoming Jubilee which Pope Francis has consecrated to the Mother of Mercy.

    1. "I’m quite excited and have a sense of wonderment about the upcoming Jubilee which Pope Francis has consecrated to the Mother of Mercy"

      Amen! I look forward to many blessings for us all especially for peace and consolation to those who are suffering.

  2. So then .... Where are those Missionaries of Mercy Pope Francis promised us?

    1. Sending forth the Missionaries of Mercy, St Peter’s Basilica, February 10, Ash Wednesday.


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