Mercy Mondays

Holy Doors

By Rick Moreno | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It has long been a tradition in the Catholic Church to use the Holy Door as a symbol to mark a Jubilee, a special year of grace. The opening of a Holy Door not only marks the beginning of that special time, but also frames the entire year in both time and space.

We pass through dozens of doors time and time again and most likely not think twice about their significance. We must stand in front of the Holy Door and allow it to show itself as it really is - a portal - a way to move from one space to another.

As I have stood before various doors during this Jubilee of Mercy, I have asked myself “how will my world change? How will the worlds of others change because of my choice to walk through, or not walk through, the door that stands before me?” When I make the choice to walk through that door, I allow myself to be confronted with the possibilities of a new world full of new beginnings and opportunities.

In this Jubilee of Mercy, God’s mercy frames and marks me as I walk through a Holy Door, as I cooperate with the grace of baptism, renew that life of grace in the sacrament of reconciliation and strengthen it in the reception of the Eucharist and it transforms me. God’s mercy, in its very freedom and character, transforms us. In fact, I begin to see mercy not as some abstract act, some ideal norm, but a fundamental requirement for me to become fully human. May our shared experience together truly become a Jubilee. Amen.

Mercy Challenge

Take time to stand before a Holy Door in the Archdiocese of Chicago and reflect on how you and our world would be changed if we allowed God’s mercy in and shared that mercy with others.

Rick Moreno is Coordinator of Youth Ministry Vicariate IV for the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry.