If You Hadn’t Noticed, We’ve Just Had a Year of Mercy!
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In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve just had a Year of Mercy! It ends pretty soon, on November 20th. Maybe, like me, you start out on these extraordinary years full of interest and hope and enthusiasm, and get to the end a little worn out with the repetition of it and ready to find the next new thing. But wait! Before we dive into Advent, let’s try to pause and reflect on the year that has just passed.
All around me people are saying that 2016 was one of the worst years they’ve ever had and they want to be done with it. “Maybe we can just put 2016 in rice?!”, one meme read online. I get it. 2016 has been a year of upheaval for the world. Where has the mercy been?
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Sometimes, it is only when we look into our own lives and truly reflect that we can see any changes throughout a year. They may be tiny shoots or little roots bedding down, but they are a start.
So this article is an invitation to reflect on your own Year of Mercy. Maybe it has not seemed very extraordinary to you. Maybe nothing particularly special has happened. But I refuse to believe that the Lord does not work in our lives just because we don’t notice Him!
Here are a 3 short thoughts to help you ponder on your Year of Mercy. The quotations are taken from Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy Prayer
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1. “let everyone…feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God”
2. “…your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor”
3. “If you knew the gift of God!”
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