“Year of Mercy” – A Lecture by Fr. John R. Donahue, S.J.
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Pope Francis declared that this next year (beginning December 8) will be a Holy Year of Mercy: “I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its center the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!... I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.” This indeed is the good news of the Gospel! - and on Monday, December 7 at 7:30 PM in the Chapel of Grace, Fr. John Donahue, S.J. will once again join us for a lecture on The Holy Year of Mercy. Fr. John R. Donahue, S.J., a priest for 50 years, embodies past and present Jesuit ideals—along with a large measure of Franciscan charism. Fr. Donahue was for many years Professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and was the first Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He wrote “The Word” column in America magazine from 1998-2001. He has given workshops on biblical topics throughout the United States, and has taught in Africa and the Philippines. There is no cost for this event. A Reception will be held following. Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Community – 740 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202