A message written by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde for Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
The season of Lent will be different this year, because it occurs during a unique time: the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In itself, mercy means a generous, faithful and compassionate goodness. Mercy has a face! According to Pope Francis, “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” (cf. Misericordiae Vultus, no. 1).
When he announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (ibid., no. 17). So, this Lent, we are to experience God’s mercy ourselves from God’s own Son Jesus Christ and to offer mercy to others, especially to those in real need, whatever the nature of their need. Mercy, then, has another face: the compassion, forgiveness, assistance and care given to our brothers and sisters.
Be a Herald of God's Mercy: Donate to the 2016 Bishop's Lenten Appeal
The BLA supports our diocese in its mission of sharing the love and mercy of Christ through serving the needy, educating our youth, promoting a culture of life, encouraging vocations and supporting clergy, religious, and lay people.
Mass for the Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life
Join Bishop Loverde and the religious and consecrated men and women of the diocese to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life. All are welcome to Saint Thomas More Cathedral on February 6, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the Vigil Mass which will be followed by a reception.
Looking For a Way to Deepen Your Relationship with God During Lent?
The Office of Family Life invites men and women to register for two upcoming conferences in order to better know and understand God's merciful love this Lent.
On March 5, the Diocese of Arlington will host the 2016 Men's Conference, "God, the Father of Extravagant Mercy", featuring Dr. Michael Horne, Fr. David Pignato, and Damon Owens.
On March 12, women around the Diocese will gather at the 2016 Women's Conference, "God the Father of Extravagant Mercy". The conference will feature talks from Kathleen Beckman and Sister Clare Hunter.
We welcome you to register today!
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