Discussion in 'Ireland' started by Scolaire Bocht, Sep 5, 2016.
So you will all have to go to Oldcastle so! Its only about an hour from Dublin...
And pop into SB for the chat after.....
Of course you are correct in this Mac but for me and for many there was a powerful symbolism in the Doors. Sadly most Catholics have lost the sense of symbolism and IMHO it is a most important aspect of human understanding and aspiration and liturgical worship. I would hazard a guess that most do not even know the symbolism of sacred vestments or their colours.
The symbolisms of the doors, like themselves, were open to all. For many it was a reminder of the need for confession and change. It was not new but gave new hope for the eternal rest of loved ones. I daresay that many of today's Catholics had little or no knowledge of indulgence.
The Doors for them were an education and an eye opener. For many the Doors were a reminder that Mercy is easily accesible. All we had to do to approach their grace was step through them. For many they brought to life the parable of the prodigal son and the love of The Father.
The physical act of walking through them was special and simple and something to which everyone could relate. The Doors provided a special link with the Doors in Rome - the seat of Our Faith and Pope's own ministry of Mercy.
The Doors were a powerful symbol of unity and welcome and purpose. They provided many with the reminder of the importance of pilgrimage. I am sure that very few Catholic children of today are familiar with this concept and even fewer have undertaken pilgrimages. They were a regular feature of my upbringing.
For many, the preparation they provided will not be fully appreciated until later. Only then will they see what a wonderful entry they were into the end of times, the end of this era.
The Doors pointed to the very gates of heaven. The conditions reminded us of Christ's own mission of mercy and cooperation thru the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. They reminded us that the doors of hell will not prevail against them.
I for one will miss the Doors but on saying this to a friend in my parish I was given the exact same reminder that you provide here: there always has been and will be many ways to gain plenary indulgences until the time comes when forgiveness is no longer available (Akita) So thank you for this timely reminder.
I cannot help but associate the old entry prayers of the Mass with going through the Doors of Mercy:
Introibo ad altare Dei.
Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.
I will go in unto the altar of God.
Unto God, who giveth joy to my youth.
We sang the old hymn this morning in St Joseph's Morrinsville
Hail Redeemer, King Divine.
I did not even have to look at the words.
God bless and preserve you and your family in the coming year and I ask forgiveness once again for the way I wronged you.
Mac knows what I mean.
Following the day when Pope Francis closed the Holy Doors, he released an Apostolic Letter to keep the spirit of the Year of Mercy alive via concrete action. The Jubilee Year served its purpose to draw our focus and it lives on if we but continue in what we have begun.
Now is a time of mercy: Pope issues new Apostolic Letter
Pope Francis closes the Holy Doors of St Peter's Basilica at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Although the Holy Year has ended, Pope Francis, in a new Apostolic Letter, says we are still living a time of mercy. - ANSA
(Vatican Radio) Although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year has concluded, we are still living in a “time of mercy.” That was the message of Pope Francis in a lengthy Apostolic Letter, entitled Misericordia et misera, (“Mercy and Misery”), issued on Monday following the close of the Year of Mercy.
Listen to Christopher Wells' report:
The title refers to the encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery, from the eighth chapter of the Gospel of Saint John. In his commentary on the Gospel, St Augustine said of that encounter, “The two of them” – Jesus and the woman – “remained alone: mercy with misery.” The teaching of this Gospel, the Pope said, “serves not only to throw light on the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, but also to point out the path that we are called to follow in the future.”
In light of the “great graces of mercy” we have received during the Jubilee, our first response is to give thanks to the Lord for His gifts. But in going forward, we must also continue to celebrate mercy, especially in the liturgical celebrations of the Church, including in the Sacrifice of the Mass, and in the other Sacraments, especially in Reconciliation and in Anointing of the Sick, the two “sacraments of healing.”
Pope Francis proposed a number of ideas to continue the celebration of mercy, including an annual day dedicated to making the Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. He also called on the faithful to restore the Sacrament of Reconciliation to a “central place in Christian life.”
The Holy Father also extended a number of initiatives already begun in the Holy Year, asking the Missionaries of Mercy to continue their ministry, and extending indefinitely the faculties of priests of the Society of St Pius X to hear confessions and grant absolution. Pope Francis also extended the faculties of all priests to absolve the sin of procured abortion. “I want to insist as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin,” the Pope said, “because it puts an end to an innocent life.” But, he continued, “I can and I must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”
Though the Jubilee is closed, Pope Francis said, “the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open.” He called on the faithful to continue to practice new works of mercy, and to find new ways to give expression to the traditional works. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy, he said, “continue in our own day to be proof of mercy’s immense positive influence as a social value.” In this vein, the Pope said the Church must continue to be vigilant and offer solidarity in the face of attacks on human dignity.
“This is the time of mercy,” the Pope concluded. “It is the time of mercy because no sinner can ever tire of asking forgiveness, and all can feel the welcoming embrace of the Father.
As a final initiative for the future, Pope Francis asked the whole Church to celebrate, on the second to last Sunday of the liturgical year, the World Day of the Poor. This Day, he said, “will also represent a genuine form of new evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as she perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy.”
Read the full text of Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera.
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