Bishop Richard Moth Pastoral Letter for End of the Holy Year of Mercy
Bishop Richard Moth as Bishop of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton has issued a final Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy calling on members of the Diocese for deepening of their spiritual lives so they can share it with others. The Pastoral Letter is to be read in all churches the weekend, 12th and 13th November 2016. He will also close the Holy Door opened for the Year of Mercy at Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 13th November with Mass at 5pm.
In his first Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy in Lent he asked people through the traditional ways of prayer, fasting and giving to the poor to be open to ‘the way of Mercy’. In this letter, he focusses on the Mission as the Church to call others, in Mercy, to life with Christ through the Spiritual Works of Mercy which are to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead.
He says: “The Spiritual Works of Mercy are ways in which, as instruments of Christ Himself, we reach out to our brothers and sisters. When we truly live out this call to be merciful we are transformed as individuals and the Church becomes ever more perfectly the Body of Christ.”
The other Holy Doors in the Diocese at Weybridge, West Grinstead and Mayfield will also close on the same day. The Year of Mercy itself will end on Sunday 20th November when Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Yet the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy is not the end of the life of Mercy for the Diocese. As Bishop Richard insists: “Although the Jubilee Year draws to a close, the work of Mercy never ends. The doors of our minds and hearts must be always open to the Mercy of the Father and the needs of our brothers and sisters.”
He believes that as this Jubilee Year of Mercy ends that we must re-dedicate ourselves “to this great work to which the Lord has called us and may the blessings of this Jubilee Year continue to bear fruit in all that lies ahead.”