More often than we think, we are so flustered by the hardships of our current life that we can sometimes forget about the life that God has promised us through His grace. Many pilgrims travel to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to forget these current times and feel the presence of God’s grace by walking through the Holy Door. For over seven hundred years, the Holy Door has served as a tangible tool to open people’s hearts and bring them into full communion with God.
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to walk through the Holy Door. However, I did not have to travel to Rome to do so. There is a Holy Door right here in Detroit.
In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has asked every diocese in the world to build their own Holy Door so that more people may have the chance to be in full communion with God. I went to the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament so that I could experience what it is like to walk through the Holy Door. By the end of the event, I felt God’s presence more so than I had ever experienced before. Throughout the entire event, I knew that God was walking through the door with me, and His Love was so powerful that I was nearly speechless during the entire event.
The entire even has taught me a lot about the importance of mercy and forgiveness. Just as Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for the forgiveness of all of our sins, we, too, can find it in our hearts to forgive those who have hurt us. It is easy to remember all of the afflictions that people have done to us and the people we love; but it is more fulfilling to give and ask for forgiveness no matter how difficult it may be.
There is still a chance for you to walk through the Holy Door. I encourage you to walk the path of mercy on September 24, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. By partaking in this even, you will experience God’s love and grace in a new and breathtaking way.
I hope you are able to attend this event planned for our Parish!