(2) Missionaries of Mercy: “New Phase” Guidelines from the Holy See


In the letter (Prot. N. NE/532/2017/P) confirming some Missionaries of Mercy for continued service we read:

“As in the Jubilee Year, in this new phase of your service […] you will be called upon to embody, in an exemplary fashion, those characteristics which the Holy Father suggests should be proper to every confessor. Thus you should strive to be…

  • welcoming to all
  • witness of fatherly tenderness whatever the gravity of the sin involved
  • attentive to helping penitents to reflect on the wrong they have done
  • clear in presenting moral principles
  • willing to walk patiently alongside the faithful on their penitential journey
  • far-sighted in discerning individual cases
  • generous in dispensing God’s forgiveness
  • Open-hearted”

This is, of course, simply a long description of the word πραΰς usually translated “meek,” but from which comes our word for “friendly”, not a fair weather friend, but someone who provides you with what you need in both charity and truth:

  • “Say to daughter Zion, ‘Behold, your King comes to you, friendly and riding on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden'” (Matthew 21:5).
  • “Blessed are the friendly, for they will inherit the land” (Matthew 5:5).
  • “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am friendly and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves” (Matthew 11:29).

Also see: (1) Missionaries of Mercy reconfirmed. 


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9 responses to “(2) Missionaries of Mercy: “New Phase” Guidelines from the Holy See

  1. James Anderson

    “confirming some Missionaries of Mercy for continued service” Any idea why some were not reconfirmed?

  2. elizdelphi

    My confessor should be a Missionary of Mercy, he is a stellar example of these virtues.

  3. sanfelipe007

    I like the picture. If ever I obtain a dog, I will name it Tobit.

  4. Nan

    The local missionary of mercy continues to have the year of mercy thing on his confessional door. I wondered if it was still there and, as it’s not the most likely place for my confessions, I had to make a point of looking.

  5. elizdelphi

    I think my parish also has the Year of Mercy cross thing on the confessional door, but we don’t have a Missionary of Mercy anywhere in the diocese, I have never met one in real life. I have wondered how a person in need of one is to find them since there is not a public directory.

  6. dellacarita

    I really like how you connected these characteristics to meekness, or rather, friendliness. With your facility with Greek, do you think you could expand your treatment of πραΰς in a future post?

  7. elizdelphi

    Anything you can teach us about the Bible is good. I talked about your teaching about what is the real inspired text of Sacred Scripture and what is the relation of that to the text of the Bible available to us in response to some questions by a new person in my BIble study yesterday (this is different than the spiritual life book study, we are reading Hebrews). You help make our Bible study better so feel free to just catechize us.

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