We are approaching some extraordinary jubilee years in the Church! Well, strictly speaking, the next jubilee is “ordinary,” inasmuch as it occurs in the year 2025 and thus simply follows the pattern established long ago of holding a jubilee year each quarter century. But prophetically speaking – observing the Signs of the Times as Our Lord admonishes – it is shaping up to be as extraordinary as they come.
2025 A.D. will be the first Ordinary Jubilee since the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. Its theme will be precisely what we need most right now: Hope.
In the letter with which he first formally acknowledged the upcoming Jubilee, Pope Francis has asked us to prepare for it in the year before with…
“… Prayer as the royal road to holiness, which enables us to be contemplative even in the midst of activity. In a word, may it be an intense year of prayer in which hearts are opened to receive the outpouring of God’s grace and to make the “Our Father,” the prayer Jesus taught us, the life programme of each of his disciples.”
Though I of course did not know that the Pope would exhort us to prepare for the coming Jubilee with these words, the exhortation he gives was nevertheless precisely my motive for writing Thy Will Be Done: The Greatest Prayer, the Christian’s Mission, and the World’s Penultimate Destiny.
That is, my aim with that book is to exhort each Christian to live his entire life in accordance with – and, even more so, flowing from and directed towards – the very theme contained within the indisputably climactic and supreme petition of the indisputably greatest and most exalted prayer:
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!
If, therefore, you are looking for a way to prepare for the coming Jubilee Year, you will not be surprised to hear my suggestion: heed the call presented in this book.
Let the whole Our Father indeed, but especially those central eleven words therein – those words which are the greatest ever spoken and themselves constitute the pinnacle of prayer – become the very life and breath of your existence. May they never depart from your mind, your heart, or your lips. May they motivate you to pour yourself out like a libation for the coming of the Kingdom and live always in the Will of God. May they stand before you as a perennial reminder that God is ever close to you, that He is absolutely in charge, that His plan is utterly perfect, and that He will accomplish His designs, no matter what. And from that perennial reminder, may they likewise maintain in your heart an utterly invincible peace and trust that surpasses all understanding, “that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
This is not my call. I am the least worthy man to be issuing any calls of my own. It is simply the fundamental call of Jesus in the Gospel, the deepest teaching of the Fathers of the Church, the primary admonishment of the Saints and Doctors of the Church, and the essence of the insights of the great Mystics and Private Revelations of the Church. My task in authoring that book was small, secondary, and subservient: I am essentially only compiling what the voices we must heed have taught.
Therefore, as in these days immediately following the Jubilee’s announcement, I would like to do everything I can to encourage heeding this book’s call for preparing for the coming Jubilee, I’m again decreasing the paperback’s price as much as I possibly can, to the point where I am not making a penny of royalties off it. As with last time I did this, I don’t know how long I can afford to keep the price this low, therefore soon would be a good time to purchase however many copies you think you may want for yourself and to distribute to others. (Note: if the lowered price isn’t showing up for you on Amazon, that is not my doing. I can submit price change requests, and that usually works, but I don’t have absolute control over it, and at the end of the day, Amazon does what it wants. No surprise there. If the price hasn’t decreased on your Amazon page, you might want to check back in a few days.) If you’d like to send the book to others, you can easily do that directly (even anonymously!) through Amazon; I walk you through how to do so in this post (just scroll down a bit).
I’ll reiterate what I said when I published this book less than 3 months ago: while I hope for every person on the planet to receive and read it, and certainly every Catholic, I especially desire each priest to hear this message. It is especially His priests that Jesus is asking to be proclaimers of the fulfillment of the Our Father prayer. As Jesus told Blessed Conchita – this fully approved mystic in her fully approved revelations – He desires to return to the earth in His priests. That is, in their sacred ministry, through which He will reign Eucharistically on earth, and through which He desires to even now reign Eucharistically in all souls willing to become Living Hosts:
(Jesus to Blessed Conchita. Page 136 of Thy Will Be Done.)
(Jesus to Blessed Conchita. Pages 274-275 of Thy Will Be Done.)
Pope Francis promulgated the letter quoted above on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (taking special note of that fact within the letter’s postscript). Here I must note another Papal Letter which I just learned about as I was reading the Magnificat daily Mass companion. Pope St. John Paul II prayed, at Lourdes in 2004:
“ Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era, we join in your song of praise to celebrate the Lord’s mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity”
–Pope St. John Paul II during his papal visit to Lourdes, August 15th, 2004 (Note: This is the day that, Jesus told the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, could be called the “Feast of the Divine Will”)
This, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, is the promise. This is the prophecy. It will be fulfilled so long as God is God. Christ will Triumph, and all things will be restored in Him. The prayer that the saints have been praying more fervently than any other prayer, for 2,000 years, will be not go unanswered. But when it is answered is up to us. Believe it. Live it. Proclaim it.
You have the remedy to the ills of those around you. That remedy is hope. Apply it.
Now, I do not know the future, but I doubt we have three years left to quietly and unhurriedly prepare for this Jubilee.
The very year we are now in may well witness radical changes the likes of which the world has never seen. (I plan to expound upon that possibility in an upcoming post.)
I do not doubt the prophetic nature of the Pope’s exhortation for us to prepare for the Jubilee by making the Our Father the “Life Program of Each Disciple,” but at the same time I do not think we can wait until 2024 to make that happen.
Let’s make it happen now.