Surrounded with Mercy as if by Air

It is said that the unmistakable sign of the end of a homily or a document of the Church is the mention of Mary. In a homily that has gone on too long, the name of Mary comes as a clear hope of liberation. In this sense Mary always comes last, but I think she’s very happy to be the one to close, or to summarize, that which has been said. Coming last, after the great truths of God have been expressed, she always remains the closest to us. When the Son has already crossed the finish line, Mary is still on the track so as to wait for the slowest and perhaps push him a little, discretely. The Bull of indiction of the Jubilee is not an exception. When Misericordiae Vultus – who is Jesus Himself, face (vultus) of the Father’s mercy – softens towards the conclusion...