Xt3 Podcast: The Holy Year of Mercy - A Podcasthttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025[i]'I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy! This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December 2015) and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy.' - Pope Francis[/i] This resource will feature podcasts on the theme of Mercy throughout the Holy Year of Mercy from 8 December 2015 - 20 November 2016. [b]Pope Francis' Prayer for the Year of Mercy[/b] Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!” You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God. Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:44:16 GMT1440en2019 xt3.comMon, 24 Jun 2019 13:33:54 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/images/libraryResource/thumbnails/118142.jpegThe Holy Year of Mercy - A Podcasthttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025Spiritual Work of Mercy - Counsel the Doubtful - Elizabeth ArblasterIn this Year of Mercy podcast, we speak to Elizabeth Arblaster about the spiritual work of mercy - counsel the doubtful. Elizabeth has worked to assist young people discerning their vocation through her work at the Vocation Centre since 2009. She has also worked with young people at a parish level as a pastoral associate for youth.Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:08:34 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2415http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2415Spiritual Work of Mercy - Pray for the Living and the Dead - Laura BradleySpiritual Work of Mercy - Pray for the Living and the Dead - Laura BradleyFri, 18 Mar 2016 00:57:01 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2413http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2413Corporal Work of Mercy - Visit the Imprisoned - Sr Rachel Fleurant MGLSister Rachel Fleurant is a Missionaries of God’s Love Sister. She regularly visits a juvenile justice centre. In this podcast, she shares with us a story of a young man in one of those centres and a beautiful prayer experience they shared. Visiting the imprisoned is a corporal work of mercy. It may be daunting or scary to do, but isn’t that the way of the Gospel - challenging? Visiting the imprisoned isn’t about showing support for the wrongdoing they might have done and it’s not about condemning either. It is about recognising and acknowledging the human dignity in each and every person and being Christ to those who may need it most. [This is an excerpt from a talk at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Adelaide, 2015].Thu, 10 Mar 2016 04:59:52 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2412http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2412Spiritual Work of Mercy - Forgive Offenses - Luke StreherWhen St. Peter asks our Lord in scripture, 'Lord, how often must my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Our Lord replies ’I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’ In this episode of our Holy Year of Mercy Podcast, Luke Streher, General Manager of CRADIO, reflects on the spiritual work of mercy, forgive offenses. Forgiveness is a core theme of the Gospel message. It may often seem like mercy means forgiveness. But as we may have learned during this Year of Mercy, forgiveness is only one aspect of 'mercy'. Forgiveness can be difficult. The pain and suffering we experience may seem too much for us to overcome, but we must remember the following: firstly, that forgiveness does not mean that the one who has offended us has done nothing wrong - that their offence was a good thing. In fact, it is a bad thing, and that is why we forgive them. Secondly, we do not need to wait for our feelings to change before we can forgive, or forgiveness is a resolve to let go of the spite and resentfulness within us. We do not wait for that spite or resentfulness to leave before we can forgive, but rather, we forgive even if we still have those feelings within us and those feelings can subside as a result of that forgiveness. And thirdly, we pray for the grace to forgive. The Lord has loved us so much through His forgiveness and when we forgive others, we are on the path to loving others as He loves us. That is why we are called to live out this spiritual work of mercy.Wed, 09 Mar 2016 21:56:49 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2411http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2411Corporal Work of Mercy - Visit the Sick - Sr Mary Lourdes lspVisiting the sick is not curing the sick. It is about the human dignity of the sufferer. To be around sick people means being around vomit, pus, running sores, blood, stool, mucus, ghastly injuries, tears, misery, fear, pain, and death. All the corporal work of mercy asks us for, at its most basic, is to take courage, enter a room, sit down, and hold somebody’s fevered hand. And yet, too often we deem this as too difficult (adapted from Mark P. Shea - 'Visit the Sick'). There are, of course, good reasons for that, especially if we happen to live in a time of plague when nobody has the slightest idea what causes disease. Part of the reason the Black Death broke the back of medieval Europe is because it decimated the very classes of people (doctors and priests and other educated people) who lived the corporal work of mercy by visiting the sick - and contracting the plague. It takes real courage - and often a strong stomach - to visit the sick. In this episode of our Holy Year of Mercy podcast, Sister Mary Lourdes lsp from the Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to us about this corporal work of mercy - visiting the sick. Sr Mary Lourdes apostolate and whole life is dedicated to taking care of elderly, who are often also sick. She says each one of us could choose to extend one's compassion and love to a sick person in hospital or nursing home, or even a friend who needs our support.Thu, 03 Mar 2016 05:56:23 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2408http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2408Corporal Work of Mercy - Feed the Hungry - Harry Sadsad"The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone," said Pope Francis during a homily for the general assembly of Caritas Internationalis. In this episode, we speak with Harry Sadsad, a volunteer at St Canice Soup kitchen for the past 6 years. Harry is also a high school teacher at a high school with initiatives that reflect this work of mercy in a simple, local way. Harry explores the idea of feeding 'hungry' in both the spiritual and physical sense and gives us some ideas on how we can live this work of mercy in our lives. "It stops and starts with you" is a motto at the school Harry teaches at. Listen to how we can do more in ways we might not have thought about before.Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:18:09 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2407http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2407Mary, Mother of Mercy - Elizabeth Flynn (Fraternas)Although 'Mary, Mother of Mercy' is an ancient title given to our Blessed Mother, it’s not necessarily one of the first we think of - it’s certainly not one we grew up with - we might tend to think of a title relating to one of her more famous apparitions - Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe - or perhaps we think of her as - Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In the midst of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Elizabeth Flynn (Fraternas) thinks it is a very timely moment to appeal to Our Blessed Mother under this title of Mother of Mercy. Prayer to Mary Mother of Mercy (from St John Paul II): O Mary, Mother of Mercy, watch over all people, that the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power, that man may not stray from the path of the good or become blind to sin, but may put his hope ever more fully in God who is "rich in mercy" (Eph 2:4). May he carry out the good works prepared by God beforehand (cf. Eph 2:10) and so live completely "for the praise of his glory" (Eph 1:12).Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:08:23 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2406http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2406Vocations Born From Mercy - Lorena Portocarrero (Fraternas)"Vocations are born from mercy - and not from our good works." We do not have to become all good and perfect in order to follow Christ. Every vocation is an undeserved gift. In today's feature podcast, Lorena Portocarrero, Vocations Promoter at the Sydney Vocation Centre, shares about how saying "yes" to God is a response to His merciful love. Lorena is also a consecrated lay person belonging to the Marian Community of Reconcilition (Fraternas).Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:49:44 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2405http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2405Corporal Work of Mercy - Bury the Dead - Patsy HealyPatsy Healy is a Funeral Director. Part of her job is accompanying grieving families after the death of a loved one. She speaks about the corporal work of mercy, burying the dead, which she lives out in a professional day, everyday, and gives advice on how we can live out this work of mercy in our everyday lives - without being a funeral director. One of her main focuses is providing accompaniment and a listening ear to the grieving families, and journeying with them to a place of peace. One of her favourite prayers is the Prayer of St Francis. Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen.Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:05:26 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2404http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2404Spiritual Work of Mercy - Comfort the Afflicted - Fr Michael de Stoop PPIn this episode, Fr Michael de Stoop, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Fairfield Parish, talks about the Spiritual Work of Mercy - Comforting the Afflicted. Comforting the afflicted is a spiritual work of mercy, because such affliction is felt interiorly. We all know what it’s like to feel disappointed, sad, and desolate. Sadly, this particular spiritual work of mercy is too often neglected. This is attributed to our culture which conditions us to see inner-affliction as something simply caused by a problem which needs to be resolved, rather than personal pain from which people are yearning for someone’s empathy. Listen to the podcast to hear stories of this work of mercy and advice on how we can live this work of mercy in our lives.Thu, 18 Feb 2016 04:27:13 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2392http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2392Corporal Work of Mercy - Clothe the Naked - Laura BradleyCorporal Work of Mercy to Clothe the Naked - Laura BradleyTue, 16 Feb 2016 05:22:42 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2391http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2391The Works of Mercy - Bishop Terence BradyIn this podcast Bishop Terence Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, reflects on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and encourages us to act these works of mercy in our local communities. When Bishop Terry was about 15 years of age he started to get involved in serving at the Matthew Talbot hostel, working with the homeless and serving them. He describes that this was a great privilege serving those in need and it had a huge impact on the direction of his own life. "When we go to our brothers and sisters and help them in their need we become beneficiaries of this action." He explains. "I have no doubt that this Jubilee Year of Mercy, initiated by Pope Francis nine years earlier than it would have normally been, is a fresh way of looking at and approaching the Gospel and we will all benefit greatly from it," Said Bishop Terry.Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:11:43 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2390http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2390Spiritual Work of Mercy - Bear Wrongs Patiently - Cathy KennedyIn today's feature, we reflect on the spiritual work of mercy, bear wrongs patiently, with Cathy Kennedy from CREDO, the Office for Evangelisation and Renewal for the Archdiocese of Sydney. To bear wrongs patiently means to forgive an unintentional wrong, and not just forgiving, but bearing with the conserqunces of a thoughtless word or action without complaining or taking offence. This can be quite difficult, but Cathy has found great help by rememebring God's patience with her. This is the key, she says, to bearing with wrongs patiently.Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:00:32 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2388http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2388Spiritual Work of Mercy - Instruct the Ignorant - Monica DoumitHow is instructing the ignorant even a work of mercy? At first glance, it sounds more like a 'work of arrogance' than a 'work of mercy'. In order to fully participate in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we can't just ignore the works that sound a little uncomfortable. In this podcast, Monica Doumit from Catholic Talk, guides us in a reflection on how instructing the ignorant might be a work of mercy.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:11:53 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2387http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2387Corporal Work of Mercy - Give Drink to the Thirsty - Br John Nguyen OFMCapBr John Nguyen OFMCap is a Capuchin Friar who runs the Friars' Van Ministry, ministering to the homeless, providing food, drink and companionship in Sydney's streets on Friday and Saturday nights. In this reflection, he speaks about the corporal work of mercy 'give drink to the thirsty'.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:07:47 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2386http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2386Refugees and the Gospel of Mercy - Fr Peter SmithPope Francis' theme for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016 is 'Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy'. In today's feature podcast, we have a conversation about refugees with Fr Peter Smith, the Promoter of the Justice and Peace Office for the Archdiocese of Sydney. Fr Peter speaks of the experience of being a refugee based on the stories he's been told, the struggles they face, the practical ways we can help as a community, and how Pope Francis' example leads the way.Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:20:58 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2385http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2385Corporal Work of Mercy - Shelter the Homeless - Fr Peter SmithCorporal Work of Mercy - Shelter the Homeless - Fr Peter SmithThu, 21 Jan 2016 03:56:54 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2384http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2384Spiritual Work of Mercy - Admonish Sinners - Mary EliasIn this podcast for the year of Mercy, Mary Elias who works for Xt3.com reflects on the spiritual work of mercy admonishing sinners.Mon, 18 Jan 2016 04:13:15 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2383http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2383What Does the Year of Mercy Mean for the Church? - Fr Daniel McCaughanWhat Does the Year of Mercy Mean for the Church? - Fr Daniel McCaughanWed, 23 Dec 2015 01:39:57 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2368http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2368Year of Mercy: Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Australia's MGL SistersAn excellent spiritual activity for the Year of Mercy is to learn how to pray the powerful Divine Mercy Chaplet. Did you know that this year marked the 80th anniversary of the Chaplet? In today's feature, Australia's MGL Sisters teach us to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy through reflection and song in this beautiful podcast! The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a popular devotion based on the visions of Jesus by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska - one of the Patron Saints for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. In 1935, St Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus’ grace within her. At the same time she found herself pleading with God for mercy with words she heard interiorly: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us." (Diary, 475) As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (see 474). The next day, as she was entering the chapel, she again heard this interior voice, instructing her how to recite the prayer that our Lord later called "the Chaplet." This time, after "have mercy on us" were added the words "and on the whole world" (476). From then on, she recited this form of prayer almost constantly, offering it especially for the dying. In subsequent revelations, the Lord made it clear that the Chaplet was not just for her, but for the whole world. He also attached extraordinary promises to its recitation. For more, visit "How to Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet" on Xt3's World Youth Day page: https://www.xt3.com/wyd2016/library/view.php?id=19623&categoryId=56Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:50:00 GMThttp://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2319http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=20025&episodeId=2319