Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude this Sunday, Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe... But no Jubilee Year of Justice has been proclaimed.

The mercy of God is not exhausted.

Already some of the Holy Doors in Rome's basilicas are closing, as is the custom at the conclusion of Holy Years, or Jubilee Years.

It never means that anyone is shut out or deprived of grace and mercy - it simply means the Jubilee Year and the special indulgences attached, as well as the particular celebrations, have concluded.  The mercy of God is not exhausted, the Church remains open - plenary indulgences are still available for the faithful.  Only the extraordinary Jubilee Year concludes, yet the mission of evangelization and mercy continues - the fruits of the Jubilee Year mature and ripen in and through the works of mercy.

I say this because some people have the mistaken notion that after the Year of Mercy, the day of justice will come.  Many seem to base their conclusions on the revelations to St. Faustina, specifically the following:
"Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice." - Jesus to St. Faustina
Others believe the Fatima Centenary, which we observe next year, is somehow going to signal a final chastisement of sorts, linking it to the Divine Mercy revelation cited above.  As intriguing as all of that may be, I think it is a mistake to read into the conclusion of the Holy Year such apocalyptic prophesies.  Even when it coincides nicely with the readings at the end of the Liturgical year.  It is providential, no doubt, but I'm pretty sure the Holy See will not declare next year to be the Year of Justice, and all hell is going to break loose.  (Which seems to have been happening all along, despite the Jubilee Year.)

If anything, I think the grace of the Holy Year is meant to spill over and renew the spiritual life of the Church; edifying and increasing the virtues of faith, hope and charity in the faithful.  Returning from pilgrimage to their towns and homes as it were, to proclaim what God has done in their lives, and showing the same generosity towards those they live among.  It seems to me the fruit of the Holy Year should lead to the spreading the message of Divine Mercy more fervently and with a sense of urgency, as a result of the Jubilee experience.

Just remember, if we are entering a period of Divine Justice, it is up to the Church, the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him, to discern and guide the people of God through difficult times.  Watch out for false prophets and impostors making claims based upon their private interpretation of scripture and personal opinion.

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