Here we are in the middle of Advent, awaiting the coming of the Lord. Our eyes are turned to the Son of Man will come in the clouds, escorted by all the saints (cf. Lk 21,27 and 1 Thessalonians 3:13). They also turn to the Child "wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger" (Lk 2,7), the Son of Mary and our God. By contemplating Him we discover “the face of the Father’s mercy” (1).
Indeed, in this Advent, we also enter into the Holy Year of Mercy. Pope Francis we will introduce us into it on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, opening the Holy Door at St. Peter's, after doing so solemnly on the outskirts of the world in the Cathedral of Bangui, capital of Central African Republic, Sunday, Nov. 29. In the Holy Land, a holy door will also be opened in Gethsemane on December 13th, in Bethlehem on December 24th and in Nazareth on December 27. “Through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope”(3). What a wonderful favorable time the Church offers us to rediscover that “the mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality with which he reveals his love as of that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child” (6).
Let us allow ourselves to be touched by the invitation that this Holy Year launches to us, not only to taste God's mercy to us, but to be compassionate towards everyone, “to be instruments of mercy because it was we who first received mercy from God” (14).
Besides, all the saints of Carmel have walked this way of mercy, starting with Our Lady who sings in her Magnificat: "And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations". Saint John of the Cross (who we will celebrate on December 14) is quoted in the Bull of convocation of the Jubilee of Mercy: After inviting us to practice generously the corporal and spirituals works of mercy, the Pope reminds us that “in each of these “little ones,” Christ himself is present…Let us not forget the words of Saint John of the Cross: “'At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love” (15). We all know the Act of offering of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus to the Merciful Love; St. Mariam of Jesus Crucified was constantly concerned for all her fellow men for whom she implored: "Let your heart be touched, O God, do not treat us according to your justice, but according to your mercy, for you are the only holy one, the only just one "(Thoughts). As for St. Teresa of Jesus, she never ceased to praise and exclaim: "O my God and my Mercy! "(Cf Excl.1).
Let us convince ourselves: "See what He did with me; before I grew tired of offending Him, His Majesty began to pardon me. He never tires of giving, nor can He exhaust His mercies; Let us not tire of receiving! (V 19.15)
So, throughout the year we can “take up the refrain in our daily lives by praying these words of praise: “for his mercy endures forever”” (7)
The italicized texts are extracted from the Bull of convocation of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, “Misericordiae vultus”.
For details on the celebration of this Jubilee in the Holy Land: