Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Divine Mercy Sunday

Tomorrow is the Feast of Divine Mercy, as established by our beloved Pope John Paul II.

Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina:  "I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. By means of the Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it." (Diary 341, 570)

He also said: "I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Tell My priests that hardened sinners will repent on hearing their words when they speak about My unfathomable mercy, about the compassion I have for them in My Heart. To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak." (Diary, 50, 1521) 

To prepare for and celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy:

1.    Celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on the Sunday after Easter;
2.    Sincerely repent of all our sins;
3.    Place our complete trust in Jesus;
4.    Go to sacramental Confession, preferably before that Sunday; preferably during the Lenten season.
5.    Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;
6.    Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy;
7.    Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.

If you are able, prepare some Divine Mercy sugar cookies or a Divine Mercy Shortcake -- neither will disappoint and your children will always remember those red and blue rays!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Divine Mercy Sunday, Barbara! We are getting ready for a little tea party in honor of this special day! We made the Divine Mercy sugar cookies, which turned out really cute! =)


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