The door of mercy

The word “door” is not strange to us, it’s what both the rich and the poor have in homes irrespective of the esthetic difference. The door is the rightful way into a house compare to the window. When one passes through it, he or she is either going in or out, it separates two “worlds”; the inner and the outer worlds. The door of mercy leads you not just into the Church but into the mystery of God’s love and mercy.

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Holy Cross Cathedral door of mercy, Lagos.

The holy father declared this year (2016), the jubilee year of mercy. It is the year we specially celebrate the mercy of God, it is a call to be merciful and to be open to mercy.

Pope Francis calls on the Church to symbolically pass through the door of mercy in our various local Churches into the merciful heart of Jesus Christ. Passing through the door should transform us spiritually to be united to Christ in repentance and in faith. The door is not opened for us to go out of mercy but to go into mercy, it is an invitation to dwell in Christ the most merciful. It is a call to experience and share the mercy of God just as the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos puts it, “to practice the charity of the heart and the charity of the hand.”

When the door of mercy is opened, we should see Christ in spirit and in faith. He is the one who opens the door that leads to the Father and he himself is the door.

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Jesus is the door

As we celebrate this year of mercy, and as  we continue our Lenten observances, we call on God the Father to accept us the way we are, fill us with the Holy Spirit and transform us into what he wants us to be through Christ our Lord.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

13 comments on “The door of mercy
  1. ify says:

    Please which of the parishes have the holy doors in Lagos Archdiocese. I live at Egbeda an out skirt of Lagos

  2. Maryann says:

    Please fr what time on Tuesday

  3. May Anyaegbunam says:

    Hello Fr. Please when does the door of mercy end?

  4. ify says:

    I learnt that the Holy door of mercy is open daily now that the year of mercy is coming to an end. Please Fr, is it true?

  5. ify says:

    I learnt that the Holy door of mercy is open daily & pilgrims can come over now that the year of mercy is coming to an end. Please Fr, is it true?

  6. Lizzy says:

    Good day fr. Jst had that the door is open daily now. Pls when is it going to end?

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