Mother Cabrini Shrine
Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Site
Mother Cabrini Shrine has been designated as a Denver Archdiocesan Pilgrimage Site for the Year of Mercy. On Sunday, December 13, the Holy Doors of the chapel were decorated. blessed and opened. Everyone is welcome to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine and receive the special indulgences that come with this Year of Mercy. Pilgrimage site cards are available to be stamped upon request.
Pope Francis Proclaims a
Jubilee Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
Reflections from Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy
It is Not An Easy Journey
In proclaiming the beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and to travel with him along the path of love, the path that alone leads to eternal life. It is not an easy journey, yet the Lord promises us his grace, and he never abandons us.
We face so many challenges in life: poverty, distress, humiliation, the struggle for justice, persecutions, the difficulty of daily conversion, the effort to remain faithful to our call to holiness and many others. But if we open the door to Jesus and allow him to be part of our lives, peace and joy that only God, who is infinite love, can give.
Small Daily Acts
The Church, guided by the Gospel of mercy and by love for mankind, hears the cry for justice and intends to respond to it with all her might. In this context we can understand Jesus’ command to his disciples: “You yourselves give them something to ear !” (Mk.6:37): it means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as, small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter.
A Priceless Gift
Jesus’ friendship with us, his faithfulness and his mercy, are a priceless gift which encourages us to follow him trustingly, notwithstanding our failures, our mistakes, also our betrayals…We are all exposed to sin, to evil, to betrayal. We are fully conscious of the disproportion between the grandeur of God’s call and of (our) own littleness, between the sublimity of the mission and the reality of our human weakness.
So What Was So New About Jesus ?
(The people) were astonished by (Jesus’) teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority . (He) taught the Law, he taught Moses and the Prophets. so what was so new? He had power, the power of holiness, unclean spirits fled from him. He was close to sinners, he dined with Matthew, a robber, a traitor to the homeland; he forgave the adulterous woman whom the law would have severely punished; he talked about theology with the Samaritan, who was no “angel,” she had her story as well…
(Jesus) looked into people’s hearts, Jesus drew near to people’s wounded hearts. Jesus was only interested in the person and in God.
And he sought to bring God close to people and people close to God.