A Holy Year of Mercy

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Time sure flies by. I remember a time not so long ago when we were preparing for the end of time. We weren’t in doomsday cults, but we were normal everyday people who were told that the entire world would be thrown into a tremendous chaos and we would suffer immeasurable hardships. The crazy thing about it was the fear had nothing to do with a judgment day by a mighty Creator who was finally fed up with the sins of all humanity. It actually had to do with the belief that the great technology minds at Microsoft, IBM, and other entities had not allowed for computers to read the year 2000! Y2K was the name given to this terror and some feared all their money would disappear, planes would fall from the sky, and pacemakers would stop hearts from beating. Of course, nothing happened!

Except if you were Catholic, something did happen that was pretty big: the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. The colorful Jubilaeum AD 2000 logo was everywhere, parishes incorporated special prayers into their Masses, and we had a year of prayer and reflection on the mercy of God. The holy doors of the various churches in Rome were opened to usher in the year of graces and then closed at the end of our observance. In the end, it was a much bigger deal than Y2K.

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Author:Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS is a Catholic speaker, writer, teacher, and stewardship coach with over 20 years experience in parish ministry. He is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for Liturgical Publications, Inc, having previously served for 22 years as the Pastoral Associate at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC, a parish that in 2009 won the Archbishop Murphy Award for excellence in stewardship from the International Catholic Stewardship Council. He has spoken on stewardship, engagement, and catechesis all over the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Tracy currently writes the weekly reflection, Everyday Stewardship, published in bulletins and digital media around the country. He has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He continues to be an active part of Saint Pius X parish and lives in North Carolina with his wife and 3 children.