Statement of the Most Reverend Earl Boyea,
Bishop of Lansing

Lansing's Bishop Earl Boyea

"In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Vita Consecrata, the Servant of God, John Paul II, highlighted the gift of the Lord's mercy three times: 1) the Church 'looks with admiration and gratitude upon the many consecrated persons who, by caring for the sick and the suffering, contribute in a significant way to her mission. They carry on the ministry of mercy of Christ, who went about doing good and healing all' (Acts 10:38). 2) In relation to the communion with Christ through the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance, the faithful 'encounter God's mercy' to 'purify and renew their hearts' in order to achieve a more open and mature relationship with our Lord in the journey of life. 3) In the concluding prayer, we beg Jesus, our Savior, Incarnate Word, to 'draw to yourself men and women who will be for the people of our time, dispensers of mercy, heralds of your return, living signs of the Resurrection and of its treasures of virginity, poverty, and obedience."