Posted On 2015-11-14 In Original Shrine

Holy Door of Mercy

From Maria Fischer •

An indescribably beautiful and sunny late Autumn day at the Original Shrine at the beginning of November. The trees still show their colourful leaves, others are scattered over the lawn beside the shrine and all around. A picture to illustrate the saying: the many colours of the covenant of love. A single covenant of love here, at this place, in history, borne by grace – and worldwide in many colours, in many languages, cultures, peoples, projects, communities – has taken on life and created a culture.


On 8 December Pope Francis will open the Holy Door of Mercy in Rome. The Holy Year of mercy is his gift to the Church. A Holy Year, a jubilee in the Biblical sense.

Doors that have been closed until now should be opened.

Doors to the Church, doors of hearts, doors for peole.

Also in Schoenstatt a door will be opened, a Holy Door of Mercy – on the Third Sunday of Advent.

A gift, an offer. A door for the many colours of the covenant of love in the service of the Church, in the service of people.


Translation from German by Mary Cole, Manchester UK

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