Jesus Christ Son of the Living God
God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus, the Christ, to lead all humankind to discover the depths of divine mercy. By His life, death on a Cross, and Resurrection, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, leads all humankind locally and distantly to experience and express mercy throughout time. We strive to follow in His footsteps.
“Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Matt. 9:14
“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.” Matt. 6:14
St. Padre Pio
St. Padre Pio (1887-1968) Italy, was chosen by Pope Francis as a patron Saint for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He is an example of unfailing faithfulness to Jesus’s call to mercy in prayer, word, and deed. St. Padre Pio suffered from illness, demonic attacks, persecution, and the stigmata. He is the patron of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, stress relief, and January blues.
” Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry.”
“Remember the sinner who is sorry for his sins is closer to God than the just man who boasts of his good works.”
“It is difficult to become a Saint. Difficult, but not impossible.”
St. Leopold Mandic
Measuring in at 4’4″ with a speech impediment, Croatian born Capuchin St. Leopold Mandic was selected by Pope Francis as a patron for this Jubilee Year of Mercy. He wanted to be a missionary and unite the Catholic and Orthodox churches. He is remembered for his tenderness with penitents. He often visited the sick, the elderly, and the homebound. He lovingly called the Blessed Virgin Mary “my boss.”
“Be at peace; place everything on my shoulders. I will take care of it.”
“I give my penitents only small penances because I do the rest myself.”
“A priest must die from apostolic hard work; there is no other death worthy of a priest.”