Father Stefan reflects on ‘Joy of the Gospel’ From the Heart of the Church

Pope Francis writes, “Pastoral ministry in a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed. When we adopt a pastoral goal and a missionary style which actually reach everyone without exception or exclusion, the message has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary.”

The central message of the Church is that Jesus loves you and me. Jesus was born, died and rose from the dead. When people come to mass they first need to hear that God Loves them. How many people do you know who feel unworthy of God’s Love. The Church is the place where we are to encounter the Love of God. It is only when we know that we are loved that our hearts are open to receive the moral law. 

Pope Francis writes, “Thomas thus explains that, as far as external works are concerned, mercy is the greatest of all the virtues: ‘In itself mercy is the greatest of all the virtues, since all the others revolve around it and, more than this, it makes up for their deficiencies. This is particular to the superior virtues, and as such it is proper to God to have mercy, through which his omnipotence is manifested to the greatest degree.”

Jesus said to St Faustina, “Mercy is the greatest attribute of God.” Jesus says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”(Mat 5;7) We are most like God when we show Mercy. Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “I am love and mercy itself.”

Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all soul, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of grace upon those soul who approach the fount of My Mercy. That soul that goes to confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment, On that day are open all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My Love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depth of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”(699) 



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