“Let us continue together to lovingly gaze on God’s people, so that this ‘Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace leading us forward with renewed enthusiasm.’” —Sister Claudia Ward, CDP
As the Sisters of Divine Providence welcome spring, we are pleased to share with you our 2016 Providence Reflections. Written by Sister Claudia Ward, she reflects on this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year of Jubilee, to be celebrated from December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016. It is a time to focus on forgiveness and healing and to be a witness of mercy by reflecting on mercy, receiving mercy and being merciful toward others. The Year of Mercy is an invitation to show love, kindness and generosity. It is an opportunity to transform our lives, relationships, work and ability to embrace and experience all of life. During this Year of Mercy, we are called to grow spiritually, to strengthen our faith, to encourage works of service and to promote unity within the Catholic Church and all of society. As we call on God to have mercy, we show mercy to others by responding as God responds—with compassion.
We thank you, our donor and partner, for accompanying us on our journey during this special year. Always grateful for your faithful generosity, we ask for your continued financial support of the Sisters’ ministries and mission. Every gift, large or small, is a blessing.