The Jubilee Doors of Mercy
“Open wide the doors of your heart”, “Knock and you shall receive, seek and you shall find…”
These are just some words from Him that we have all come to trust in.
The Jubilee year of Mercy has become a special holy year Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church from Dec. 8, 2015 through Nov. 20, 2016 to emphasize on God’s boundless love and mercy. It is an opportunity for us to ‘knock’ and receive all the graces that we can for ourselves and for the holy souls in Purgatory. The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception when Pope Francis opened the Holy doors of St. Peter’s Basilica. This year, Pope Francis emphasizing on mercy and forgiveness, wanted to give these special graces to everyone in the world without having to go to St. Peters Basilica in Rome. His yearning was to welcome everyone to the Lord’s loving embrace no matter where they may be. Because of this, there has been set Jubilee Doors of Mercy all around the world.
When someone tells you all your sins will be erased or that you can bring souls from purgatory to heaven just by entering the jubilee doors, most people will be sceptical, but personally, this great news pushes me to make the most and try to enter as many doors as I can in order to be more united with Him in prayer.
If you haven’t been able to visit a Holy door yet, you have a few days left to do so and I say take this opportunity while you still can!
As Pope Francis would share In his reflection on the Jubilee doors, “ I think of those who will pass through one of the Holy Doors, which this year are the true Doors of Mercy. The Door points to Jesus himself, who said: “I am the door; if anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (Jn 10:9). Passing through the Holy Door is the sign of our trust in the Lord Jesus who came not to judge but to save (cf. Jn 12:47).
He urges us all to be the Lord, to ask and to believe. He emphasizes that He, as our Holy Father, also asks for the Lord’s grace, “I am before the Holy Door and I ask: “Lord, help me to thrust open the door of my heart!”. The Holy Year will not be very effective if the door of our heart does not allow the passage of Christ who urges us to go toward others, in order to bring him and his love. Thus, as the Holy Door stays open, because it is the sign of the welcome that God himself holds for us, may our door, that of the heart, also be always wide open so as to exclude no one. Not even he or she who bothers me: no one. (Pope Francis, December 16, 2015).
It is not just random doors that you are passing through. Moreso, doing it is an act of trust; opening your heart to Jesus and letting Him into your life to experience His boundless love and mercy. For the Holy doors to be fully maximized I suggest you try to visit each one and take the time to do the necessary acts for the plenary indulgences that you can gain. Plenary indulgences in layman terms is how all your sins are erased with the grace of our Lord, making all things new in your heart once more. You can also offer prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris
Steps to Follow When Entering the Holy Door:
Before entering the Holy Door, it is best to make sure that you have gone to confession in a span of a week and have that extra effort and the sincere longing for a complete detachment from sin.
- Receive the Holy Eucharist
- Pray the Prayer of Mercy
- Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father
- Pray for the poor souls in purgatory
I hope you maximize and make the most of this most special time in the church and to continue to open wide the doors of your hearts. As the year of Mercy ends on the Feast of Christ the King on November 20, may the mercy, love and compassion of our Lord continue to flow and grow in your hearts.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy prayer that we all can relate to in God’s goodness and mercy
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