FEAST OF MERCY
During the course of Jesus' revelations
to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions
that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this
feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts
of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of
the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and
are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast,
which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been
celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church
by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr.
Faustina on 30 April 2000. In a decree dated 23 May 2000, the Congregation
for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments stated that
"throughout the world the Second Sunday of Easter will receive
the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian
world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties
and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come."
These papal acts represent the highest endorsement that the Church
can give to a private revelation, an act of papal infallibility
proclaiming the certain sanctity of the mystic, and the granting
of a universal feast, as requested by Our Lord to St. Faustina.
Concerning the Feast of Mercy Jesus said:
Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted
complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary 300)
I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter,
and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know
about it. (Diary 341)
This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed
in the vast depths of my tender mercies. (Diary 420)
On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole
world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy
be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners.
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 soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy
Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.*
[our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which
grace flow are opened. 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. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths
of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will I
contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of
Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire
that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.
Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.
Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there
must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for
Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere.
You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it.
I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession
and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy. (Diary 1109).
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?