CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY APRIL 23
THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
BY DOING THE FOLLOWING:
Worthily receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast. (One must be in the state of grace, that is, without mortal sin, at the time of reception of Holy Communion.)
Sincerely repent of all sins and go to Confession. (Confession can be up to 20 days before Mercy Sunday.) Ask the Lord on Mercy Sunday for His promise of complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.
Venerate the Image of Divine Mercy. (To venerate a sacred image or statue simply means to perform some act or make some gesture of deep religious respect toward it because of the person whom it represents-in this case, our Most Merciful Savior.)
Be merciful to others through actions, words and prayers, and complete at least one deed of mercy for someone today.
In the year 2000, after many years of study by the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, officially established this Feast of Divine Mercy and named it Divine Mercy Sunday (First Sunday after Easter). He died on the very vigil day of this feast and was beatified on May 1, 2011, on that same feast! John Paul II was canonized a Saint on April 27, 2014 on the same feast day, Divine Mercy Sunday!
THE GREAT PROMISE OF THIS DAY: THE SOUL THAT WILL GO TO CONFESSION AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION SHALL OBTAIN COMPLETE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND PUNISHMENT ON THIS VERY SPECIAL FEAST.
Please note: sacrament of confession does not have to be on Divine Mercy Sunday but to receive benefits soul must be in state of grace. This is done by going to confession near the time of Mercy Sunday.
The revelations given to St. Faustina are private revelations. As with most approved private revelations, much is simply the repetition in a new way of already existing truths of the Catholic Faith. Private revelations often refer to things in Public Revelation at the time of Jesus which must be believed but private revelations of themselves need not be believed and depend entirely on the credibility of the witness, Sister Faustina.
In the 1930’s Our Lord Jesus requested through Saint Faustina Kowalska that a Feast of Mercy be established and solemnly celebrated in His Church on the First Sunday after Easter every year. The Lord said that this feast would be the “last hope of salvation.” Later on in His visions to Sr. Faustina, Jesus revealed the Divine Image and asked to have it painted and venerated as the icon of His Divine Mercy. This image seen in pictures and holy cards has become a vessel to remind us of God’s greatest attribute, His Mercy.
In speaking of the feast of Divine Mercy, Jesus said to Sr. Faustina: “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy, the last hope of salvation, before I come again as the Just Judge. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.”
In Saint Faustina’s diary, she recorded that Jesus also indicated that He Himself is there in the confessional. Jesus told her, “When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy…Tell souls If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity.” (1602)
Jesus knew that people would really need to hear these words of re-assurance today, so He went on to say “Come with faith to the feet of My representative…and make your confession before Me. Never analyze what sort of a priest that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light.” (1725)
Many feel that their sins are unforgivable but, Jesus said, “Were a soul like a decaying corpse, so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. “Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.” (1074) “There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy.” (1273)
NOTE (Numbers in parentheses above refer to Diary of St. Faustina, a book readily available and highly recommended)
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