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A Season of Mercy

“Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:39b

The month of December we see people hustling and bustling getting ready for Christmas, and there is a lot of joy that comes with this time of year. However, this time of year is also difficult for a lot of people. They may be mourning the loss of a loved one or feeling alone and depressed. Whatever the reason, we need to remember the hope that comes from the mercy of God.

God’s mercy is all around us, and no matter how far we feel from Him or others, God is always near. This Advent and Christmas Season may we take a moment to think about the people in our lives that we have pushed away or have wronged. When considering those people, we may also think about people who have hurt us, and ask ourselves “How can I take a step in forgiving them? How can I take a step in showing them hope? How can I take a step in showing them mercy?” Taking this step may not be easy. The blind man called out to Jesus “Son of David, have mercy on me!” and the people around told him to be quiet and to stop calling out. But Jesus heard his call and asked him what he wanted. The blind man said that he wanted to see.

This Christmas Season may we find the faith, hope, and mercy of God! May we not be afraid to ask God, and the people around us, for help, when we are struggling. Whether we already have the Joy of the season within our hearts, or if we are striving to see that hope; may we genuinely find the gift of mercy this holiday season.

World Meeting of Families

The Eighth World Meeting of Families will be held September 22-25 in Philadelphia. “Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis, who will attend the Festival of Families and celebrate Sunday Mass on September 27th.

For this 2015 World Meeting of Families, artist Neilson Carlin was commissioned to create the icon image of the Holy Family. The Printery House offers this striking artwork on a variety of products: as a framed canvas, framed print, Holy Water font, desk plaque, keychain, and mug.

The figures in the painting are layered to indicate the proximity of their relationship to Christ. In the foreground stands the infant Jesus, extending a sign of blessing. Next to him is the Blessed Mother with a gaze slightly beyond her son as she looks toward his passion, fully aware of the trial yet to begin for her family for the sake of all families. Just behind her stands St. Joseph, gently resting a protective hand on his wife. Behind all them stand Mary’s mother and father, St. Anne and St. Joachim.

On the upper left is a depiction of the coat-of-arms of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where the 2015 World Meeting of Families will convene. On the upper right is the coat-of-arms of His Holiness, Pope Francis. The focal point of the painting, Jesus, reminds us of the necessity of His role as the focal point of our lives.