Sunday, April 23, 2006

Divine Mercy Sunday

What is Divine Mercy?

The message and devotion to Jesus known as The Divine Mercy, is based on the writings of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the private revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

Divine Mercy Sunday

On Sunday April 30th 2000, Pope John Paul II canonised St. Maria Faustina and also decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter be henceforth known as "Divine Mercy Sunday".

The Feast of Divine Mercy

The Lord Jesus in his visits to Sister Faustina also gave reasons why He wanted the establishment of this feast… "Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them a last hope of salvation; that is, the feast of My Mercy" and He warned that… "If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity"

This should be a day of special grace for us all and particularly a day of deliverance for sinners. Writing in her diary in September 1936, Sister Faustina heard these words from Jesus....
"I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." This desire of Jesus occurs frequently.

Writing in 1934 Sister Faustina tells of the Lord’s desire- Whoever approaches the Fount of Mercy on this day, the Lord Jesus PROMISES, will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.

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