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Earlier this week, on May 5 (5/5/15), certain Vatican apparatchiks unveiled the logo for the Year of Mercy and included a lot of fodder regarding what they see as the symbolism of the image.  The image is at the right.  Vatican Radio reported on the unveiling and put a lot of emphasis on the word “re-awakening”.  See the full article “Jubilee Year of Mercy: a re-awakening for all Christians.”

Here is how Vatican Radio summarized the meaning of the Year of Mercy and introduced the logo: “The press conference in the Vatican saw the unveiling of the logo for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy portraying the figure of the Good Shepherd carrying the lost soul that provides a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. Similarly, it’s [sic] motto, Merciful like the Father, serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of God who asks us not to judge or condemn but to offer love and forgiveness instead.”

[grammar errors/typos in the original]  When you look at that picture is that what you see?

The “OFFICIAL” explanation of the Logo

I wasn’t satisfied with that, so I also looked to the more in depth report available from the official Vatican News source — at least that’s what they assure me of in the site header, and it is actually vatican.va website address.  Jackpot!  There’s a long quote with lots of interesting information [read: blather] there.   Here’s what we get as the explanation for this thing:

We begin with the logo which represents a summa theologiae of the theme of mercy and the motto which accompanies it. The motto Merciful Like the Father (from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure. The logo is the work of Father Marko I. Rupnik. It is an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon His shoulders the lost soul, demonstrating that it is Christ’s love that brings to completion the mystery of His incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express... Read Feature

Today is May 28, 2015


    • EMBER DAY (Wednesday after Pentecost). (Traditional Calendar)
    • St. Augustine of Canterbury (604) Bishop. (Current Calendar)
    • St. Bede the Venerable (735) Doctor of the Church, Priest. (Traditional Calendar)


    • St. Augustine of Canterbury (604) Bishop. (Traditional Calendar)
    • St. Bernard of Montjoux (1081) Patron or Patroness, Priest, Religious, Patron of Mountain climbers. (Historical Calendar)
    • St. Germanus (576) Abbot or Abbess, Bishop. (Historical Calendar)


    • EMBER DAY. (Traditional Calendar)
    • St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (1607) Religious, Virgin. (Traditional Calendar)
    • Sr. Maximus of Trier (370) Bishop. (Historical Calendar)

Ask Our Lady to help the Poor Souls.

Great Reading for Lent

Every warrior needs refreshment.

The latest issue of the Bellarmine Forum Magazine is here:  Building a culture of life.  Even if you already love being pro-life and actively pray for an end to the culture of death, the topics, analysis, and articles in this issue will edify you and give you new hope! 

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