The directive to the re-confirmed Missionaries of Mercy concerning providing penances to penitents for the “New Phase” of the Missionaries of Mercy phenomenon is this:
“Regarding the penance, I would strongly recommend that it be such as to truly assist the full conversion of the penitent.”
Mind you, the penance is always meant to be medicinal. The penance mentioned here is not the normal penance, but for sins so serious that a great deal of medicine is needed for much healing. Sanctifying grace heals immediately, but our Lord wants to continue to work with our minds and hearts and wills and the most profound reaches of our souls.
When last in Rome for all that which regards the Missionaries of Mercy, I had the opportunity to consult on various difficult questions regarding, say, the faculties given. I am thankful for the many and lengthy discussions I had with the Apostolic Penitentiary, particularly about penances to be given for such matters. Such penances, spread out over time, involved time before the Most Blessed Sacrament. Why? Because…
It’s all about Jesus!
- (1) MISSIONARIES OF MERCY RECONFIRMED: NEW LIST OF FACULTIES…
- (2) MISSIONARIES OF MERCY: “NEW PHASE” GUIDELINES FROM THE HOLY SEE
- (3) MISSIONARIES OF MERCY: “NEW PHASE” FROM THE HOLY SEE (AMORIS LAETITIA INTERNAL/EXTERNAL FORUM GUIDELINES?) [IMPORTANT: THIS MAY BE A PARTIAL RESPONSE TO THE DUBIA]
- (4) REMISSION OF CENSURES: HOW TO DO IT: (MISSIONARIES OF MERCY “NEW PHASE”)