Divine Mercy. REFLECTION 20 April.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.  

Jesus requested that this Second Sunday of Easter be named “Divine Mercy Sunday” in a vision to Saint Faustina that she wrote down in her Diary.

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. 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 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. (Diary 699)

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. (Diary 742)

April 22.   Saturday of Easter Week.  “How often have I told you, shown you, nagged you and how often are you so thick you just don’t understand or choose to understand. ”   They hadn’t really started their faith sharing yet and of course Percy would not have talked to his younger brother like that if they had.  Aunt Norah was clever to use the opportunity to say that Jesus must also have felt frustrated and irritated at times with the “thickness” of the disciples.  “Do we really always try hard enough to understand what we need to know,” she added.   Afterwards he appeared to the Eleven themselves as they sat at table and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.  And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.   From Mark 16:9-15

Pope Francis The family lives its spirituality precisely by being at one and the same time a domestic church and a vital cell for transforming the world.   AL 324 

April 23. Easter 2A. Divine Mercy Sunday.  Fr Sylvester had a few thoughts to share with the people on this Sunday.  “How did the early church grow?” he asked.  “Were the disciples all fired up immediately ?  No.  They needed extra help, right, like we all do all the time.”   You could say that Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrating God’s mercy as an extra something but something that is always available to us.  There is a special devotion attached to this which is about our trust in God’s mercy for us who acknowledge ourselves as sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness.  We priests have been given special sacramental powers to forgive sins in the name of God and in all humility I really wish more people would appreciate what that can mean for them.  It can be a way of ‘touching’ Jesus  who heals and forgives.”     “Put your finger here and see my hands and put your hand and place it in my side; do not be faithless but believe.”  Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God.” Read John 20:19-31

Pope Francis. I will never tire of insisting that confessors be authentic signs of the Father’s mercy. We do not become good confessors automatically.   We become good confessors when, above all, we allow ourselves be penitents in search of his mercy.    MV17

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