Year of Mercy: 2016 Blog Theme

Pope Francis’ designation of December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016 as a Jubilee Year is his way of turning up the volume on his papacy, so that we will better hear and respond to his message and ministry.  His designation of this year as “The Year of Mercy” reveals what it is that he wants us to hear more clearly.

Because his call is an invitation to all people, not just Roman Catholics, I have decided to use his papal bull, ‘The Face of Mercy’ as the basis for my Oboedire meditations, beginning on January 6, 2016.  I will move section-by-section through the document–a journey that will engage us for much of 2016.  The meditations will appear each Wednesday.

You can download a free pdf copy of the Pope’s writing by Googling “the face of mercy pdf.”  It is available in several formats.  The document is also available at for $4.95 in either paperback or ebook formats.  I encourage you to get a copy; it is the heart of the upcoming Oboedire experience, with my weekly writings only being additional commentary.

I look forward to walking “The Year of Mercy” journey with you each Wednesday, beginning January 6th.

[Note:  I will continue the “In-Sight” series–the basic Oboedire spiritual formation theme on an occasional basis]

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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