As part of the journey towards the Jubilee of Mercy undertaken by the Order of Saint Augustine, Fr. Jose Ignacio Busta Ramirez, addressed the theme of the link between mercy and truth. The Prior of the St Monica’s College (Collegio Internazionale Santa Monica) in Rome emphasized the joy to which Pope Francis calls us: “The great gift of mercy and therefore to live according to the Christian faith that is always a call to joy because joy is to know that one is called by God, loved by God. In the Bible, mercy and truth are intimately connected. Saint Augustine in the Confessions speaks of truth concerning the choice to establish one’s life on the truth of God: “this means letting oneself be transformed by the Gospel, because of this one is not able to conceive of mercy without the truth of God, which helps one to reach the highest goals." YouTube (above): Fr Tony Banks OSA speaks about the Augustinian Order and the Year of Mercy. 3 minutes 10 seconds.Fr Jose continued, “In this year of mercy all of us are called to discover the wonderful power and strength o f pardon, which is transformed by grace so that it makes us happier, because we know that God helps us to build our lives on His truth and to remain in the truth of Christ, in the Gospel, and it helps us to give courageous answers in these particularly difficult times. We live in an age of new martyrdom and of new forms of martyrdom.”He concluded, “Let us not lose either hope or joy and let us not give in to the temptation of finding ways that are different from that which the Lord has pointed out. Jesus reminds us how mercy is always tied to the truth because it involves the transformation of the human person according to the plan of God.”Pope Francis first announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy on 13 March 2015. It is the 27th holy year in history, following the ordinary 2000 Jubilee during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II. The Jubilee of Mercy formally begin when Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica on 8 December 2015 (the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council). It will conclude when he closes that same door on 20 November 2016.