How will VDQ affect Congregations like Sisters of Mary of Kakamega (SMK) in Africa and Oregon (USA)?

The Most Reverend Bishop Robert Vasa with the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega
The Most Reverend Bishop Robert Vasa with the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega

Article 3 (of the fourteen regulatory articles), dedicated to ongoing formation and vocational discernment, stipulates that contemplative sisters may attend courses “outside their monastery, always conducting themselves in a way fitting and consistent with their own charism”, and that “the recruitment of candidates from other countries solely for the sake of ensuring the survival of a monastery is to be absolutely avoided”. – Summary of the Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei quaerere, 22.07.2016

How will VDQ affect Congregations like Sisters of Mary of Kakamega (SMK) in Africa and Oregon (USA)?



Sisters Mary Elizabeth Angaine (L) and Carmela Marolda
Sisters Mary Elizabeth Angaine (L) and Carmela Marolda

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Carmelite nuns eye new monastery

Obispo Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas: No se habla de que divorciados vueltos a casar comulguen (There is no talk of divorced and remarried to receive Communion) | La Nación (nacion.com)

Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas, Obispo Diocesano de Cartago
Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas, Obispo Diocesano de Cartago

Español (Latinoamérica)/Google Translate English (THE WAR welcomes a better translation)

No se habla de que divorciados vueltos a casar comulguen | La Nación (nacion.com)
There is no talk of divorced and remarried to receive Communion
¿En qué condición quedan las personas que se divorcian y se casan con otra persona? What condition people are divorcing and marrying someone else?
Continúan perteneciendo a la Iglesia; nunca se les considera como excomulgados. Pueden participar en todo, menos en la comunión sacramental. They continue to belong to the Church; they are never considered excommunicated. They can participate in everything except in sacramental communion.
¿Pueden estas personas participar en el sacramento de la confesión y la comunión? Can these people participate in the sacrament of confession and communion ?
En el documento del Papa no se menciona la posibilidad de que las parejas divorciadas y vueltas a casar puedan recibir la comunión. ”En la Iglesia existe la posibilidad en el matrimonio de vivir en estado de continencia y de hecho existen casos. Estas personas no tienen ningún impedimento para participar incluso en la comunión.” In the document the Pope the possibility that couples divorced and remarried can receive Communion is not mentioned. “In the Church there is the possibility of marriage to live in a state of continence and indeed there are cases. These people have no impediment to participate even in communion. “
¿En el caso de la pareja que se vuelve a casar, ¿Se analiza por separado la situación de cada uno, o se estudia como un mismo caso? In the case of the couple who remarries, it is analyzed separately the situation of each, or studied as the same case ?
Lo ideal es que sea la pareja, que juntos disciernan su situación y logren una resolución para el bien de los dos y sobre todo para los hijos. Si a alguno de los dos no le interesa buscar soluciones a su realidad, lo puede hacer un cónyuge por separado. Ideally, it is the couple, who together discerns their situation and achieves a resolution for the good of both and especially for children. If any of them is not interested in seeking solutions to their reality, you can make a spouse separately.
¿En el país, se practica un análisis de casos para determinar cuáles matrimonios de personas divorciadas pueden volver a comulgar? In the country, an analysis of cases is done to determine which marriages of divorced persons may receive Communion again?
En lo que el documento pontificio (Amoris laetitia) insiste es en el acompañamiento, la comprensión y la motivación por parte de los pastores a estas parejas para que participen más y tengan un crecimiento espiritual en la experiencia de Dios, viviendo intensamente la fe cristiana. As the papal document (Amoris Laetitia) insists is in the accompaniment, understanding and motivation on the part of pastors to these couples to participate more and have a spiritual growth in the experience of God, intensely living the Christian faith.
¿Son muchas aquellas parejas que piden reintegrarse a los sacramentos? Are many couples who ask for return to the sacraments?
Creo que todo católico consciente del valor de su fe sabe que la comunión es un aspecto esencial en su vida. Lástima que no todos lo comprenden. Sin embargo, hay muchas parejas en situaciones especiales que desean recibir la comunión, pero saben que existe un obstáculo para hacerlo. I think all aware of the value of their Catholic faith know that fellowship is an essential aspect in your life. Too bad that not everyone understands. However, there are many couples in special situations who wish to receive Communion, but they know that there is an obstacle to doing so.

Cf. Bishops of Costa Rica: “Communion for Remarried Divorced is Not Possible” | The Eponymous Flower, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One unanswered question RE: #AmorisLaetitia and its advocates: After confession, do those with “attenuating circumstances” return to their divorced + civilly remarried life?

Rocco Buttiglione
Rocco Buttiglione

Some comments on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia – The joy of love and the consternation of theologians


The joy of love and the consternation of theologians · Some comments on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia · July 19, 2016


by Rocco Buttiglione

The Endowed Chair of John Paul II in Philosophy and the History of European Institutions

2016-07-19 L’Osservatore Romano

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Yet we must read the text more deeply. Once upon a time, divorced and remarried persons were excommunicated and excluded from the life of the Church. That kind of excommunication disappears from the new Code of Canon Law and Familiaris Consortio, and divorced and remarried persons are now encouraged to participate in the life of the Church and to give their children a Christian upbringing. This was an extraordinarily courageous decision that broke from an age-old tradition. But Familiaris Consortio tells us that the divorced and remarried cannot receive the sacraments. The reason is that they are living in a state of manifest public sin and they must avoid giving scandal. These reasons are so strong that any attenuating circumstances were rendered inconsequential.

Now Pope Francis tells us that it is worth considering such circumstances. The difference between Familiaris Consortio and Amoris Laetitia lies completely in this. There is no doubt that a divorced and remarried person is objectively in a situation of grave sin; Pope Francis does not simply advocate that such a person be admitted to Communion, but, like all sinners, to confession. There, he or she will relate all the eventual attenuating circumstances and will hear from the confessor whether and under what conditions he or she can receive absolution.

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The one unanswered question:

After confession, do those with “attenuating circumstances” return to their divorced + civilly remarried life? If yes, under the conditions of Familiaris Consortio (November 22, 1981) | Pope John Paul II or under new different conditions?


Cf. Vatican Ramps Up Family Document Defense by Nicole Winfield (AP) | U.S. News – The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life.

Buttiglione’s argument, featured on the front page, marked a shift in the Vatican’s defense of Francis’ document, confronting the criticisms head-on rather than just praising the pope’s text.

The initiative could signal a more concerted campaign by the Vatican to ensure that the “The Joy of Love” is interpreted as Francis intended. Already, conservative Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can only receive Communion in his archdiocese if they abstain from sex and live as “brother and sister.”

(My emphasis)


Buttiglione’s argument matches a previous statement by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, making the case that Pope Francis intended his apostolic exhortation to be interpreted as allowing for Communion for divorce-and-remarried couples on a case-by-case basis. The prominence given to Buttiglione’s essay in the Vatican’s official newspaper suggests a concerted effort to promote that interpretation of the papal document. – Buttiglione backs Amoris Laetitia in L’Osservatore Romano article: News Headlines | Catholic Culture, July 20, 2016

(My emphasis)

Abp Gänswein: Pope’s way of talking can lead to bizarre interpretations; “Francis Effect” appears not to have transpired; Uncertainties have certainly increased

Abp. Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis
Abp. Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis

Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax ‘a serious problem’ | CNA

The interviewer, Hendrik Groth, also asked Archbishop Ganswein whether he still stands by remarks he publicly made shortly after the election of Pope Francis that theologically, you could not fit a sheet of paper between the new Pope and his predecessor.

“I have asked myself the same question; and judging by everything I hear and perceive, I still positively perceive this to be the case. Considering the base lines of their theological convictions, there is definitely a continuity there.”

Given the external differences between the two Popes, Archbishop Ganswein said: “Obviously I am also aware that occasionally doubt might be cast on this, given the differences in representation and expression. But when a Pope wants to change an aspect of the doctrine, then he has to do so clearly, so as to make it binding.”

“Important magisterial tenets cannot be changed by half sentences or somewhat ambiguous footnotes,” the German archbishop said, alluding to the controversy over the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. He further warned, “Statements that can be interpreted in different ways are a risky thing.”

Acknowledging the cultural and personal differences between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Archbishop Ganswein reflected that “one has to simply accept the fact that his [Francis’] way of speaking can at times be somewhat imprecise, indeed flippant. Every Pope has their own personal style.”

The archbishop said he is sure that Pope Francis will not change his way of talking, even if that sometimes “leads to bizarre interpretations.”

However, Archbishop Ganswein also reflected on what role the media plays in the perception that the Pope is no longer “as solid as a rock, no longer a final anchor.”

“Uncertainties, occasionally even confusion and mayhem, have certainly increased,” he said, adding that the “Francis Effect” some German bishops predicted after the election, expecting it would lead to fuller pews and a boost to Catholic life in the nation, “appears not to have transpired.”

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in #AmorisLaetitia. Apostolic exhortations by their very nature are not vehicles for introducing such changes.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: Catholics, marriage and Holy Communion

PRESS RELEASE July 14, 2016

As I explained in my statement about the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on April 8, the date it was issued, “There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in this document.” I addressed this conclusion in greater detail in my column in our diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Times, on May 1, explaining that in-flight press conferences on an airplane, apostolic exhortations and footnotes “by their very nature are not vehicles for introducing or amending legislative texts or making dogmatic pronouncements.”

… With divorced and civilly-remarried persons, Church teaching requires them to refrain from sexual intimacy. This applies even if they must (for the care of their children) continue to live under one roof. Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly-remarried to receive reconciliation in the Sacrament of Penance, which could then open the way to the Eucharist.”

This applies not only in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but also here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as it does elsewhere in the Church.


More Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Amoris Laetitia

Statement of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Amoris Laetitia, Sunday, 17 April 2016 10:24 | CATHOLIC TIMES

Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love, May 01, 2016, Pope: ‘. . . the family throughout the world is in crisis’ by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki | CATHOLIC TIMES

I offer these observations in keeping with my duty as diocesan bishop “to present and explain to the faithful the truths of the faith which are to be believed and applied to moral issues” (canon 386). I hope they are helpful.

VIDEO: Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love, May 01, 2016, Pope: ‘. . . the family throughout the world is in crisis’ by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki | CATHOLIC TIMES

Pope: ‘…the family throughout the world is in crisis’ from Diocese of Springfield in IL on Vimeo.


Pro Domine et Ecclesia et Pontifice contra #AmorisLaetitia; Petitions: To the Pope; To all Catholic Bishops

Pro Domine et Ecclesia contra Amoris Laetitia

Petitions


Presentation AL has no escape
AL has no escape

1. Pro Domine et Ecclesia contra Amoris Laetitia

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Cardinals

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Carlo Cardinal Caffarra
Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church  – Exclusive interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, conducted by OnePeterFive’s Dr. Maike Hickson.

Archbishops & Bishops

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein
“Important magisterial tenets cannot be changed by half sentences or somewhat ambiguous footnotes,” the German archbishop said, alluding to the controversy over the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. He further warned, “Statements that can be interpreted in different ways are a risky thing.”Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax ‘a serious problem’ | CNA
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Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, July 1, 2016 by Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on a collision course with Amoris Laetitia.

 That explains why, in just the last couple of days, we’ve had very different interpretations of the document from two prominent leaders of the Church – Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna. And from many other commentators as well.The good news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want. The bad news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want.Go figure! – Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, July 7 at 4:54pm

Abp. Chaput even though not condemning AL, has shown up. God bless him and God has blessed his flock and shown them mercy. This of course sets him on a collision course with Pope Francis and his Exhortation. “May he stand courageously and tend the LORD’s flock in his sublime name, and to be brave to oppose Pope Francis to his face for his condemnable Amoris Laetitia and other acts.” – @FMShyanguya comment below Pope Francis on Benedict’s Abdication and “Ultra-Conservatives” | 1P5

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia also issued a new set of pastoral guidelines that took effect July 1 wherein he called on divorced and remarried Catholics to abstain from sex and instead to live just as a brother and a sister would.
A senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, Rev. Thomas Reese, believes the pontifical document “Amoris Laetitia” also known as “The Joy of Love” released in April, allows bishops to make their own interpretation on the doctrine. – UK bishop announces pastoral support for married couples after Pope’s Amoris Laetitia | Chiqui Guyjoco, 12 JULY, 2016 | The Christian Times

Buttiglione’s argument, featured on the front page, marked a shift in the Vatican’s defense of Francis’ document, confronting the criticisms head-on rather than just praising the pope’s text.
The initiative could signal a more concerted campaign by the Vatican to ensure that the “The Joy of Love” is interpreted as Francis intended. Already, conservative Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can only receive Communion in his archdiocese if they abstain from sex and live as “brother and sister.” – Vatican Ramps Up Family Document Defense by Nicole Winfield (AP) | U.S. News (The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life.)

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C.
Amoris Laetitia: A Call for Clarification to Avoid Confusion by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, April 27, 2016 | Crisis Magazine
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Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin
The Intentional Ambiguity of “Amoris Laetitia”
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Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
“There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in Amoris Laetitia.”Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: Catholics, marriage and Holy Communion

… With divorced and civilly-remarried persons, Church teaching requires them to refrain from sexual intimacy. This applies even if they must (for the care of their children) continue to live under one roof. Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly-remarried to receive reconciliation in the Sacrament of Penance, which could then open the way to the Eucharist.”

This applies not only in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but also here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as it does elsewhere in the Church.

“There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in Amoris Laetitia.”Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: Catholics, marriage and Holy Communion
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Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas, Obispo Diocesano de Cartago
Obispo Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas: No se habla de que divorciados vueltos a casar comulguen (There is no talk of divorced and remarried to receive Communion) | La Nación (nacion.com)

Priests & Deacons

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Pater Bernhard Gerstle, FSSP German-speaking District Superior
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Publishes a Critique of Amoris Laetitia by Maike Hickson | The Wanderer
Über das nachsynodale chreiben Amoris lætitia Wigratzbad, 19. Mai 2016 P. Bernhard Gerstle FSSP
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The Denzinger-Bergoglio
Amoris Lætitia read in light of Saint Pius X’s Pascendi
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Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap
Amoris Laetitia: A Deceptive Joy
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Fr. George Woodall
“Amoris laetitia”, conscience, and discernment  | CWR
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Fr. Gerald E. Murray
Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia”, Sat, April 23, 2016 | The Catholic Thing
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Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
In Amoris Laetitia, who is admonishing whom?, April 08, 2016 | CWR

Laity

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Veri Catholici
Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’
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Dr. Anna Silvas
Some Concerns about Amoris Laetitia
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F M Shyanguya, HI, USA
Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 STAND CONDEMNED! | THE WAR
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Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
Because of Its Grave Errors Amoris Laetitia Should Be Rejected | TFP
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Voice of the Family
Amoris Laetitia’s Approach to same-sex unions already rejected by Synod Fathers
Key doctrinal errors and ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia in the light of Catholic teaching on the family
The Current Crisis in the Context of Church History, Prof. Roberto de Mattei, Rome Life Forum– 6th May 2016 
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Robert Spaemann
Full text: Interview with Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia | CNA
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EWTN
World Over – 2016-04-14 – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family with Raymond Arroyo
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Dr. E. Christian Brugger
Five Serious Problems with Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia | CWR
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Prof. Richard A. Spinello
Does Amoris Laetitia Retreat from Absolute Moral Norms? | Crisis Magazine
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Donald R. McClarey
Amoris Laetitia and Lets Pretend | The American Catholic
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Antonio Socci
 Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church | RORATE CÆLI
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Roberto de Mattei
De Mattei – The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic document | | RORATE CÆLI
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Josef Seifert
Sulla Amoris laetitia di Papa Francesco: gioie, domande, tristezze
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Michael Pakaluk
The Other Footnote in Amoris Laetitia, 5.26.16 | FIRST THINGS
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Prof. Eduardo Echeverria
Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia and St. John Paul II, April 09, 2016 | CWR
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Dr. Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD
Dr. Edward Peters: First thoughts on the English version of Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, April 08, 2016 | CWR
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CWR Staff
Some in Amoris Laetitia: A CWR Symposium, April 09, 2016

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2. Petitions

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To the Pope

1 #ALConf – Petition to Pope Francis to withdraw ‘Amoris Laetitia’ | Members and friends of Veri Catholici
2 Catholic Scholars Appeal to Pope Francis to Repudiate ‘Errors’ in Amoris Laetitia by Edward Pentin, 07/11/2016 | NCRegister.com by these signatories.
3 Plea to the Pope–full length | LifeSiteNews

To Pope Francis prior to the Synod on the Family 2015

Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family
Thirteen Cardinals Have Written to the Pope. Here’s the Letter. By Sandro Magister But Francis has rejected their requests en bloc.

To all Catholic Bishops
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F M Shyanguya, HI, USA
Bishops: Be Brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter
Bishops: Be brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter and courageously tend your flock 
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Veri Catholici
#ALConf – Petition to all Catholic Bishops

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Robert Cardinal Sarah: Don’t expect God to pour out his #DivineMercy on us should we choose to remain in sin


Dives in Misericordia (30 November 1980) | John Paul II
Dives in Misericordia (30 November 1980) | John Paul II

13. The Church Professes the Mercy of God and Proclaims It

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Mercy in itself, as a perfection of the infinite God, is also infinite. Also infinite therefore and inexhaustible is the Father’s readiness to receive the prodigal children who return to His home. Infinite are the readiness and power of forgiveness which flow continually from the marvelous value of the sacrifice of the Son. No human sin can prevail over this power or even limit it. On the part of man only a lack of good will can limit it, a lack of readiness to be converted and to repent, in other words persistence in obstinacy, opposing grace and truth, especially in the face of the witness of the cross and resurrection of Christ.

Therefore, the Church professes and proclaims conversion. Conversion to God always consists in discovering His mercy, that is, in discovering that love which is patient and kind as only the Creator and Father can be; the love to which the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” is faithful to the uttermost consequences in the history of His covenant with man; even to the cross and to the death and resurrection of the Son. Conversion to God is always the fruit of the” rediscovery of this Father, who is rich in mercy.

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