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Maybe you walked through one of the Holy Doors at the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy back in December and asked yourself, “What do I do next?” Or, you wondered, “There’s gotta be more to the Jubilee than this.”

And now, just a couple months later, you realize that nothing’s really changed in your life, In fact, you may have even forgotten about the Year of Mercy altogether.

You’re probably not alone.

Life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions when it comes to growing closer to God. Fortunately, the Lenten season gives us a chance to try the Holy Doors one more time. This time, with a plan.

“The season of Lent during this Jubilee Year should … be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.”    – Pope Francis

Sister Theresa Aletheia NobleFSP, a former atheist who has returned to the faith, understands first-hand the struggle many of us encounter in our search for God, and how often we may find ourselves asking the questions: “Where is God” and Where is God’s mercy?”

Sister gives five tips from the writings of Pope Francis for anyone needing a “how-to” guide to living out the Jubilee Year of Mercy. She encourages us to return to the basics this Lenten season, to keep things simple. In fact, the places where she – and Pope Francis – encourage us to find God’s mercy are places we’ve always known, but probably stopped looking: in Scripture, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the Works of Mercy, in Silent Prayer, and in Outreach to those who have left the Church.

The 5 Tips from Pope Francis for a Merciful Lent  call us back to our Catholic roots. They are simple, concrete and very doable, even for those of us who have trouble keeping Lenten resolutions!