The extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is quickly approaching its end on the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20th, 2016. Holy Doors across the globe will close their doors soon. Does this signal the end of Mercy? No. While special indulgences were available under certain conditions when one passed the portals of a Jubilee Holy Door, it is not a sign that the time for mercy has ended. It has been a blessed time in the Church to truly reflect on the free gift of God’s mercy and our need for a salvation we cannot achieve on our own. This marvelous free gift, especially in its overflowing abundance, was manifested markedly in the simple, everyday manner using something every Church possesses – a door. While not every Church had a designated Holy Door, many did and were accessible to pilgrims of mercy throughout the Jubilee Year.
Did we have one? Yes. As cloistered nuns, our Mass Chapel door became our Holy Door as we cannot normally attend Mass at locations with Holy Doors such as the Cathedral or Basilica in the Diocese. But generous Holy Mother Church allows the indulgence for a door within the enclosure and none was more suited than the very one we use to enter for Mass, Benediction, and our Eucharistic Holy Hours. Where else to have a threshold celebrating Divine Mercy than there?
Our humble Chapel, a converted two-car garage, provided a modest door but it was decorated with care, attention, and love to honor the gift of the Jubilee Year and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, from whom all the blessings we receive flow. A wine-red ribbon, evocative of the Precious Blood shed for us on Calvary, made for a simple cross beneath which we placed a small heart, reminding us of the place our hearts need to be, close to Jesus on the Cross, with his Mother so we will have the strength to be merciful as well. The pattern also reflects the stone work in Cor Jesu Monastery placed by the builders: a Cross with a heart beneath it. Ever present reminders of God’s love and mercy.
Don’t forget that it is never too late for mercy.
His Mercy Endures Forever!