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 Year of Mercy

A Message from Mark Coleridge

 
In a sense, it’s a follow-through from the Synod process, where we are going more and more deeply into the mystery of God’s Mercy which is right at the heart of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Take Mercy out of the Gospel and you have nothing left. So we’re going to the heart of things and to the heart of the Good News in celebrating this Year of Mercy.
 
It was Pope Francis’s idea – his gift to us – but we’re trying to make it our own in deep and powerful ways in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. There are all kinds of activities through this year in the Archdiocese. I invite you to explore those activities and to take part in them. We also offer all kinds of resources.
 
All these things have one purpose – to lead you and us into a deeper experience of the Mercy of God so that we in turn can become more and more deeply a people offering mercy – the Mercy of God – to an often merciless world. So join us on this journey to the heart of Mercy.
 

A Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God,
you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace,
that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. 

Amen.

 
Pope Francis: On Care for Our Common Home – An Encyclical Letter on Ecology and Climate © St Pauls 2015
 
Year of Mercy
We’re going to the heart of things and to the heart of the Good News in celebrating this Year of Mercy​