2016 : Jubilee of Mercy
2016 is a special year because Pope Francis has proclaimed it a Jubilee of Mercy. This Jubilee started on 8 December 2015 on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will close on Sunday the Feast of Christ the King 2016.
By decree of Mgr Brouwet, The Sanctuary of Lourdes is an official centre for the Jubilee. A Door of Mercy was consequently opened on 8 December. Throughout the Jubilee, it will be the sign and the entrance to the places in the Sanctuary where you may experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope.
To live out this special year of grace, a leaflet – ‘The Jubilee Path’ - specially
written for young people and families, will be available at the Information Centre or the Door of Mercy at the Sanctuary. It will help you make the most of the important stages of your Jubilee pilgrimage as recommended by the Pope, in particular when embracing mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – the Sacrament of mercy par excellence. This Jubilee
should also help us to become “Merciful like the Father” and live out the Beatitude of Mercy – “Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them”.
Lourdes is also a special place to encounter divine Mercy. Through the grace of the Apparitions to Bernadette, the Virgin Mary demonstrated her great care for us, poor sinners. Her exhortation fully expresses this: "Pray God for the conversion of sinners". This year, as she did for Bernadette, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy shows us the way towards the merciful Heart of Jesus. She invites us to discover and embrace Mercy through encountering the love of God, in the Eucharist, confession and personal prayer.
Once we have embraced mercy, we can draw on it and allow it to flow through us by spiritual and corporal (or living) works of Mercy: during our pilgrimage to Lourdes we are already invited to carry out certain acts, to perform some works of mercy (i.e.: pray for sinners, visit the sick in the Accueil ND, ‘visit’ a person living alone by sending them a postcard, help out in the Sanctuary…)
ENTERING THROUGH THE DOOR OF MERCY
Entering through the Door of Mercy is an important step for opening our hearts to the
grace of the Jubilee. It is a free and individual decision which demonstrates our
personal desire to welcome the gift of God and to commit ourselves to the path of
Mercy. By entering through the Door, each person will “experience the love of God
who consoles, pardons and instils hope”. (Pope Francis)
To enter the Door of Mercy as a group:
• Reservation is obligatory on lourdes-opal.com / reservation@lourdes-
france.com / +33 (0)5 62 42 79 02
• A rite of passage through the Door is provided by the Sanctuary. It can be
downloaded from the site www.lourdes-france.org
• Duration: 30 minutes
“This is the opportune moment to change our lives! This is the time to allow our hearts to be
touched!” (Pope Francis)