DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY is April 15th
Ignacy Rozycri, Doctor of Dogmatic Theology appointed by Pope
John Paul II to examine the revelations to Blessed Faustina, came
to the conclusion that the extraordinary grace promised by Jesus
on the Feast of Mercy is a gift of grace equalled only by the
grace of Holy Baptism. This means that on this day your soul can
be renewed as on the day of baptism, so that if you died immediately
after receiving this grace you would go straight to heaven with
no purgatory to serve at all. (In other words, so far as that
matter is concerned He raised it (the Holy Communion on the Feast
of Mercy) to the rank of a "second Baptism". "The
soul that will go to confession and receive Holy Communion shall
obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment" (II.138).
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by
a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.
He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the
Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of
all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:
souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such
souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives.
It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them
is to flee to My Mercy."
her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different
group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy
... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My
passion, for the graces for these souls."
more information about the Feast of Divine Mercy , please click
on the following link:
The Importance of the Feast of Mercy
Preparation for Feast of Mercy
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Three O’clock Prayer
Hour of Mercy
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You wash away our sins in water, You give us new birth in the
Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ.
As we celebrate Christ's resurrection
increase our awareness of these blessings, and renew Your gift
of life within us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives
and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
Bible Quote on
shall sing forever the Lord's mercy."
are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love
for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always
and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse
yourself from it
(Sister Faustina’s Diary, 742).
Like the gospel command, "Be merciful, just as your Father
is merciful," this demand that we show mercy to our
neighbors "always and everywhere" seems impossible
to fulfill. But the Lord assures us that it is possible. "When
a soul approaches Me with trust," He explains, "I
fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain
them within itself, but radiates them to other souls"
(Sister Faustina’s Diary, 1074).