Jubilee Year of Mercy-St. Rita Holy Door
The Holy Door During the Year of Mercy
A holy door or porta sancta has been used since the fifteenth century as a ritual expression of conversion. The doors are normally sealed and are ceremoniously opened during Jubilee years designated by the Pope. Pilgrims and penitents pass through it as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light. Often these rituals are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession and indulgences. But the door finds meaning only when the believer associates the Door with Christ. Jesus is the Door!
This Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time to be joyful and hopeful that the ideals of compassion and mercy may abound in our world, so sorely in need of both.
The healing power of God’s love as manifested in our love for one another can be a formidable antidote to the sin of hatred and the blight of violence.