THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & JUBILEE OF MERCY
The Rome Experience invites our alumni, supporters, friends, and families to join us in a Novena to the Immaculate Conception in honor of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on December 8th. The novena reflections and prayers will be published daily (November 29-December 7) by the St. Josemaria Institute. Click to subscribe.
“At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.
“The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.”
Misericordiae Vultus, no. 3