Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Divine Mercy Sunday, 12 April 2014


Divine Mercy Sunday, 12 April 2014

Because thou has seen me, thou hast

believed. Blessed are they who have not

seen and yet have believed


. Jn. 20: 29


The words of John’s Gospel (Jn. 20: 19

-31)


are very appropriate for today’s feast of Divine


Mercy. Jesus commended those who have not seen

and yet believe. (cf. Jn. 20:29) We have to trust in

the words of Jesus both in the gospel and in His

words to St. Faustina. Jesus continually spoke of

mercy during His earthly life. He went so far, as

we see

in today’s Gospel, to ordain His apostles and


their successors in the priesthood to forgive sins;


Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall

forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins

you shall retain, they are retained.


Jn. 20:22-23.


The sacrament of Reconciliation is essential to our

salvation, yet there are many who do not believe.


St. John in today’s Epistle (I Jn. 5:4

-10) tells us


how necessary it is for us to believe in Jesus Christ

if we wish to save our souls:

“Who is he that


overcometh the world, but he that believeth that

Jesus is the Son of God?”



(I Jn. 5: 5) Only with


Jesus Christ can we overcome the evils in the

world. This is why Jesus brought the messages of


“Divine Mercy”



to St. Faustina in Poland just


before World War II.

“Divine Mercy” is a critical


message for our dark and destructive times It is

now more important than ever as the era of mercy

may soon end, and the time of judgment will arrive


with Jesus’s Second Coming. The Mother of God


told St. Faustina:

“Oh how pleasing to God is the


soul that follows faithfully the inspiration of His

grace! I gave the Saviour to the world; as for

you, you have to speak to the world about His

great mercy and prepare the world for the

Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a

merciful Saviour, but as a just judge. Oh, how

terrible is that day! Determined is the day of

justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels

tremble before it...”


(Diary of Divine Mercy #


635 DDM)

Rich in Mercy


Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II has

given us this feast of Divine Mercy and has written

much about the need to go to the fount of mercy


by reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy: “

At no


time… especially at a moment as critical as our

own can the Church forget the prayer that is a

cry for the mercy
of God…The Church has the

right and duty to appeal to the God of Mercy

with ‘loud cries’.


(Rich in Mercy, #15) Our


Blessed Lord told St. Faustina that He cannot refuse


a soul who begs for mercy: “

Souls that make an


appeal to My mercy delight me. To such souls I

grant even more, more than they ask. I cannot

punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an

appeal to My compassion.”


(DDM #1146) Jesus


tells us to “

Beg for mercy for the whole world.”


(

DDM #570) “No soul that has called upon My


mercy has
ever been disappointed.”

(DDM


#1541)

But on the contrary, I justify him in My


unfathomable and inscrutable mercy.


” (DDM


#1146)


Channels of Grace


Souls who come to Jesus with trust receive

such an abundance of grace that they radiate it to

others. Jesus

told St. Faustina: “When a soul


approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an

abundance of graces that it cannot contain them

within itself, but radiates them to others.” (
DDM

#1074)


How is this done? “You are to show


mercy to your neighbour always and

everywhere...


(DDM #742)


Mystery of Divine Grace


Sanctifying grace is one of the most

important doctrines of our faith. To be ignorant of

divine grace is to be ignorant of the Catholic faith.

At the Last Supper, Jesus told us,

“I am the vine


you are the branches; he that abideth in me

beareth much fruit, for without me you can do

nothing.”



Jn. 15:5 We can only grow in holiness


and bear much fruit with the grace of God. We

received this sanctifying grace at our baptism when

we were made children of God, heirs of heaven and


sharers in God’s divine nature. We were also called


to be spouses of Christ which is our eternal destiny

in heaven. Grace is nothing else than sharing in


God’s love. In fact, another name for sanctifying


grace is love

. “God is love.” I Jn. 4:17 Jesus told


St. Faustina:

“I desire to unite Myself with


human souls; My great delight is to unite Myself

with souls. Know, my daughter, that when I

come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My

hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want

to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any

attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and

busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I

am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat

Me as a dead object....” DDM


#1447 How


blessed we are to go to confession and receive Holy

Communion and gain so many graces on this Feast

of Divine Mercy!


The Hour of Divine Mercy


Jesus asked St. Faustina to promote the

Chaplet of Divine Mercy which should be said

frequently especially at the hour of Divine Mercy,

3:00 P. M. He promised:

“In this hour you can


obtain everything for yourself and for others for

the asking: it is the hour of grace for the whole

world
—mercy triumphs over justice.”

(DDM


#1572). He also promised, “

In this hour I will


refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request

of me in virtue of my passion.”


(DDM #1320).



For the sake of His sorrowful passion have


mercy on me and on the whole world.”


(Divine


Mercy Chaplet



)


Image of Mercy


Jesus said, “

Not in the beauty of the


colour, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this

image, but in my grace.


” (DDM #313) “The two


rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray

stands for the Water which makes souls

righteous (Baptism). The red stands for blood

which is the life of souls… These
two rays issued

forth from the depths of My tender mercy when

my agonized heart was opened by a lance on the

Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath

of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell

in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall

no
t lay hold of him…

(DDM #299)


Easter Novena of Masses

The Masses from the Easter Vigil, 4

April 2015 to Divine Mercy Sunday 12

April 20154 will be offered for all the

Relatives and Benefactors of the

Franciscans of the Immaculate. May God

bless you all for all the good that you do

for the Friars and Sisters of Lanherne.

Divine Mercy Sunday

(1

st Sunday after Easter)

:


12 April 2015

10:00 AM Sunday Holy Mass

2:00 PM Adoration of the Most

Blessed

Sacrament



- (with


Confessions)


3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet &

Holy Mass


(After the Divine Mercy Services, there will


be tea at St. Joseph’s Hall. All are welcome.


)