When Pope Francis called for a Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for this year, he invited reflection upon what is the heart of mercy. The Heart of Mercy has been a theme Vocation Brisbane has connected with this year, especially with our giant Heart sculpture in the Cathedral precinct.

In essence, the Heart of Mercy is the same as the heart of Vocation, in fact, it is the heart of the Christian journey: love. In vocation love is expressed in life commitment, to God, community and other. That's why this year our office has had a special focus on marriage and exploring how married couples tangibly express the Heart of Mercy in our world.

This was the underlying vision for our Couple's Twilight Retreat last Tuesday, 12th April. The evening invited nine young dating, engaged and married couples to reflect on the Heart of Mercy in the context of relationship. Presented by Mike and Lisa Humphrys, the couples were led through some of the material of the Smart Loving Engaged course. As well as deepening their understanding of the married vocation, the couples were equipped with tools from the program to enable them to be the sign of God's Heart of Mercy in the world.

"I came away with a lot of really insightful, really relevant tools that are going to impact in a real way how I relate with my partner," one participant said. "It was amazing too to reflect on how our relationship can be an image of God's love, of God's heart for mercy!"

The night finished with the couples participating in the Heart of Mercy ritual, praying and attaching locks to the sculpture in a sign of their commitment to each other and reflection on Mercy.

Future Couples events are still to be confirmed later in the year. Be sure to connect with Vocation Brisbane on facebook and here on our website for future event announcements.