‘As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other’ MV 9
At the close of the Family Synod Pope Francis said it was time to bring ‘to every part of the world, to every diocese, to every community and every situation, the light of the Gospel, the embrace of the Church, and the support of God’s mercy.’ To facilitate this moment of encounter with God’s mercy the Pope announced an ‘Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy’ beginning on Tuesday 8th December 2015 when Pope Francis opens the ‘Holy Door’ in St Peter’s Basilica. It is to be an extraordinary ‘Year of the Lord’s favour’ when extraordinary grace and mercy are to be experienced by everyone, and no-one is to be excluded.
To help families enter into this special time for the church the MFL Project Office has produced Light for the Path a simple resource of 6 user-friendly sessions, to help us to reflect on what mercy means and how we live it in our daily lives. At the heart of each session is a Scripture passage from one of the texts referred to by Pope Francis in Misericordiae Vultus, his letter announcing the Jubilee of Mercy. Light for the Path is designed for use in a relaxed, informal setting, with any combination of ‘family people.’ and comes with guides for adult only and adult & children sessions. The first three sessions are now available to download from on our dedicated Jubilee of Mercy Page.