The Jubilee Year of Mercy has concluded and, as Pope Francis and many others have reminded us, the Year may be over but Mercy endures forever. One item we treasured in our celebration of the Year of Mercy was the daily communal recitation of Pope Francis’ Jubilee Prayer for Mercy. We hope to be able to incorporate it into our community prayer book in the future. As cloistered nuns dedicated to praying and sacrificing for the sanctification of priests, we found one verse in the prayer particularly beautiful, tender, and so much a sign of the Holy Father’s wonderful way of living Mercy in compassion. It speaks of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the tribunal of Mercy, and what we can all keep in mind: the unique will of God in giving us as priests, men, who though feeble and frail sinners like all of us, are privileged and tasked to stand in the very place of God to put us in contact with Infinite Mercy. Wow. Keep thanking God. Keep thanking your priests.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.