May 19, 2016
There are many ways to observe the Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis last December and continuing until December 8 of the current year.
Celebrations at international level (pilgrimages to Rome), diocesan level (visiting the cathedral), parish level (special Masses, liturgies, and retreats) are scheduled world-wide. The individual Catholic is free to select which activities are most feasible and fruitful for him or her.
Not every Catholic, however, is able to participate in organized Holy Year activities. But, there is nobody who is unable to design his or her own personal Holy Year and carry it through effectively.
I propose that every Catholic set some time aside and draw up a list of commitments to be carried out during the Holy Year based of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. (I will deal with the spiritual works of mercy this week and the corporal works of mercy next week).