Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy

The other night I had an opportunity to have dinner with a group of friends. They lived in one of the Wisconsin State Prisons.  Their chaplain, who is herself an ex-felon, arranged the festive dinner, and we were able to mingle with the men, the warden and the deputy warden like at any party.  It felt so “normal!”  The occasion was to thank US as volunteers, but the truth is that it was a privilege for US!

God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but rather to alleviate suffering.  Of course that feels normal!  To be the gracious recipient of such hospitality is the way we are to be known in the world – whether prisoner, guard or guest.

We need reminders of this call to follow the merciful example of God.
Which means that we need to live with our eyes wide open,
because we never know who will offer it or when we will receive such hospitality.

Pope Francis got it right – yet again!  In the calendar of events for the Jubilee Year of Mercy he has a day set aside, November 6, as a Jubilee for Prisoners!  This is an invitation to all of us to follow the merciful example of God, who is love!!

How will you celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy?
Can you imagine mercy for prisoners?

Ruth Poochigian, OP
Madison, Wisconsin


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