“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope”… (1 Ptr 1:3)
You know how happy we are today, especially Poles. This Feast came from Poland through a Polish nun, Saint sister Faustina Kowalska and blessed Fr. Michael Sopoćko, was proclaimed by the Polish Pope (John Paul II), on this Sunday of Divine Mercy in 2011 that Pope was announced blessed, and today will be proclaimed Saint (with another Pope, John XXIII).
Our Lord, who asked sister Faustina to paint the vision of his Merciful Divinity being poured from His sacred heart also asked for a feast of Divine Mercy to be established on the first Sunday after Easter, so that mankind could take refuge in Him: “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.” (Jesus’ words, Diary 341)
“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 the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. 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.” (Diary 699).
We are also invited to practice mercy. St. Faustina reminds us three ways how we can do it: first—prayer, second—word, third—action. Let us celebrate!!! 🙂
Categorised in: Fr Jarosław Szymczak