Crossing the threshold of … mercy

Pope Benedict enters St. Peter’s Basilica through the newly opened Holy Door.

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  1. gsk says:

    I’m a little perplexed by this citation in Pope Francis’ address today:

    “How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy (cf. Saint Augustine, De Praedestinatione Sanctorum, 12, 24)! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God’s judgement will always be in the light of his mercy.”

    As far as I can tell, 12, 24 has to to with unbaptised babies. Do I have the wrong section of the work? I certainly don’t want to dispute the mercy of God, but I think that this quote is out of context, which if so, is misleading.

  2. CatholicMD says:

    Father – You cut off the video before we could hear Paul Inwood’s official hymn for the Year of Mercy.

  3. Geoffrey says:

    I watched the Mass live on EWTN. I thought it was very nice, even if there was a lot more Italian than Latin. It was beautiful that His Holiness the Pope Emeritus was the first one to walk through the Holy Door after His Holiness the Pope. The official hymn for the Year of Mercy is also quite nice:

    I hope a full orchestral version like at St Peter’s Basilica will available online at some point.

  4. Viva Cristo Rey says:

    Spare us Oh Lord!
    Today I became aware of the “Mystical Rose” devotion and the “hour of Grace” on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It refers to Our Lady requesting prayers, penance, expiation for priests and religious who have forgotten, become lax or abandoned their vocations.

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    Oh. I can’t help but be glad for Pope Benedict, that he is not pope. He appears much too frail now to handle the convolutions of the Vatican and overseeing the Catholic Church. He has changed a lot in two years. God bless him.

  6. majuscule says:


    Here ya go!

    You don’t need to bookmark it to hear it again. You will have a difficult time getting it to stop playing in your mind for the next year. Plus I’ve heard rumors (that appear true in my case at least) that the Year of Mercy logo is projected subliminally in your mind while the tune…er, I mean hymn… repeats interminably in your mind.

  7. anna 6 says:

    Aww…, sweet Benedict. It is so lovely to see that dear man. Ad multos annos Papa Emerito!

  8. Rachel K says:

    So touching to see Pope Benedict and Fr Georg helping him along by holding his hand. I am sorry he is more frail, but sure he is in Our Lady’s arms.

  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    GSK – Try lib. 1, c. 2, 24, using the older chaptering, and you will see a section on how God mercifully gave us a bunch of stuff first. It is chapters 3-6 in other versions.

  10. Augustine says:

    Papa Benedetto! What a blessing to have been alive when he was pope!

  11. organistjason says:

    I watched the mass live……with that very….”Colorful” Gospel Book and “Year of Mercy” logo…….which both look like they came out the worst parts of the 1970’s Church…….and a Homily…..that was also, well….I’ll leave that up to the Theologians. But it was most wonderful to see Pope Benedict XVI. That was the highlight for me and many faithful Catholics of the Mass.

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