Jubilee Year of Mercy

The jubilee year of Mercy is a special time called by the Catholic Church to receive blessings and pardon from God and remission of sins. May our passing through the Holy Door of Mercy commit us to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan focusing on the boundless nature of God’s mercy.

The year of mercy will help us to heal our souls and our life from temporal punishment which hinder our sanctification. In the course of the year of mercy we need to be to prepare and get disposed to receiving plenary indulgence that heals all the temporal punishment that result from our sins and remnants of the wounds in our souls brought about by our sinfulness.

Temporal punishment refers to the following human experiences.

  • Feeling unhappy occasionally
  • Emptiness and void
  • Boredom about life
  • Desperation or lack of hope
  • Helplessness and hopelessness
  • Lacking motivation in life/ value of life
  • Insecurity
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Discontentment/ lack of satisfaction
  • Suicidal tenderness/ suicidal idealizations
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • General anxiety or fear
  • Paranoia – feeling uncomfortable with others
  • Paranoids – when people sense like other out to harm them or persecute them
  • Bitterness, anguish and grieving
  • Death anxiety or perpetual fear of death

What we need to do to benefit from the Year of Mercy

  • Confess our sins regularly and forgiving others – letting go
  • Devotion to the Holy Mass, Eucharist and Adoration
  • Works of mercy/ charity especially to the desperate people
  • Praying the Holy Rosary
  • Seeking God’s mercy through Mother Mary
  • Reading the bible for spiritual nourishment and enlightenment from the work of God

At Holy Family Basilica the Divine Mercy chaplet is recited every day at 3.00pm in the church.  Every week we have general intentions e.g those of the family.