From Section V: A Year of Mercy
The Holy Door is closely tied to the second feature of a Jubilee Year: Pilgrimage. Passing through the Holy Door, in Rome, Saint Cloud, or elsewhere, is the tangible goal of the pilgrimage in the Holy Year. A physical pilgrimage to a holy site represents the journey that is our life in which both the destination and the journey can be transformative. Consciously setting out on a pilgrimage encourages us to reflect on the goal and the path of our lives. During this Year of Mercy, we are called to think in a particular way about how the mercy we have received and the mercy we practice towards others are and are not part of our life journey. Pilgrimage is thus “a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice.” It is to be “an impetus toward conversion….” such that “by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us” [MV, 14]. This Year of Mercy is a call to redirect our lives to experience God’s mercy and share it with others more fully. As we do so, we are changed and transformed, we pass through the doorway into new life. For local pilgrimage sites, click here.