Categories: From the Order Date: Dec 5, 2015 Title: Moving Toward the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy 4
As part of the journey towards the Jubilee of Mercy undertaken by the Order of Saint Augustine, Fr. Jose Ignacio Busta Ramirez, addresses the theme of the link between mercy and truth. The prior of the Collegio Internazionale Santa Monica in Rome emphasizes the joy to which Pope Francis calls us: “Above all for the great gift of mercy and therefore to live according to the Christian faith that is always a call to joy” because joy is to know that one is called by God, loved by God. In the Bible, mercy and truth are intimately connected. Saint Augustine in the Confessions speaks of truth concerning the choice to establish one’s life on the truth of God: “this means letting oneself be transformed by the Gospel, because of this one is not able to conceive of mercy without the truth of God, which helps one to reach the highest goals, sustained by grace, by His word, and by the love that transforms”, affirms Fr. Jose Ignacio. In this year of mercy all of us are called to discover the wonderful power and strength of pardon, which is transformed by grace so that it makes us happier, because we know that God helps us to build our lives on His truth and to remain in the truth of Christ, in the Gospel, and it helps us to give courageous answers in these particularly difficult times. “We live in an age of new martyrdom and of new forms of martyrdom. Let us not lose either hope or joy and let us not give in to the temptation of finding ways that are different from that which the Lord has pointed out”, exhorts Fr. Busta, who reminds us how mercy is always tied to the truth because it involves the transformation of the human person according to the plan of God.