Year of Mercy Homecoming

January 2016 new creation photo

By Julie Anderson

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis reminds us that “God is more interested in our future than in our past,” and that past sin is never the last word.

Might then, there be mercy for my son, Eric, and others sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as youth? The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door in June 2012 when it ruled in Miller v. Alabama that a mandatory life sentence for anyone under 18 was unconstitutional.

And in a sweeping decision yesterday (Jan.