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Bishop John Sherrington on how finding out what lies behind a door can change your life

03/12/2015 2:54 pm

Bishop John Sherrington, a Westminster auxilliary Bishop, tells us the charming story of a Chinese woman he met some years ago who grew up in a rural part of China.

As a young girl staying at her grandmother's house, she was desperate to open the door to a large cupboard in the room. The grandmother insisted she waited until she was older.

Every year she asked the same question, "Can I open the door?"

Finally, at sixteen years old, she was allowed to open the door to see what was in there.

What was behind the door? Listen to find out - it inspired a life's vocation.

"This year, as we go through doors of mercy, we begin to explore again the meaning of God's mercy and the person of Jesus Christ - who particularly reaches out and helps a woman who is bent over double to stand up straight.

"My hope is through the Year of Mercy, many men and women may be able to stand a little straighter, walk with more confidence and to know that God loves them."

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The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.

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