Today the Church universal celebrates the Feast of Divine Mercy. It is relatively new to the Church’s calendar placed there in 2000 by St. Pope John Paul, The Great. It is celebrated the Sunday following Easter and it reminds us that we are all in need of God’s Mercy.
But what is Mercy? The simplest way to think about mercy is to remember that it is the loving kindness shown to those who have offended. CCC p.888 Parents show mercy to their children all the time. God, whose name is Mercy according to Pope Francis, shows mercy to us sinners all the time, especially through the death and resurrection of Christ and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In a vision to St. Faustina, a Polish nun, Christ revealed that He wanted the faithful to turn to His Mercy and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on their rosary beads. He told St. Faustina that souls perish in Hell in spite of his passion. But the most disturbing thing about sin is that it can lead to eternal separation from God in Hell. A sinner should seek God’s forgiveness, which is always available and unconditional and experience God’s mercy. The Savior is offering them the last hope of salvation through the Feast of Mercy. Diary, 965. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores the soul to its beauty when it is full of sanctifying grace. Christ’s mercy is a big deal because our sins are a big deal. He wants to incinerate our sins with His love. Our sins are as a drop of water compared to the ocean of his mercy.
St. Patrick’s in Neola will be celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy today, Sunday, April 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Rosary and Chaplet will be prayed and Confession will be available. Please consider joining me in Neola. To live mercy one follows the A,B, Cs of mercy which are – Ask for mercy in the Confessional, Be merciful to those who have offended you and, have Complete Trust in Jesus. “Jesus I trust in you.”
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT What has been my experience of mercy in the confessional, with my children, with my neighbors? Do I believe in a place called Hell, separation from God forever? Do I trust Jesus?