Father’s Column 4/12

Posted on April 12, 2015

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!

In the 1930’s, on the eve of the outbreak of the Second World War, a poor nun in Poland received visions from Christ concerning God’s Divine Mercy. Mercy is a word that is so often thrown around, and yet is so often misunderstood. God is certainly merciful and generously bestows His mercy. However, we have to be open to His mercy and we have to be willing to amend and change our lives. This Divine Mercy Sunday is about receiving the mercy of God, He is standing there waiting for us, but it is also equally up to us to be willing to amend our lives. God bestows His mercy upon us so that we have the ability to become the saints that He has created us to be.

As we commemorate this Divine Mercy Sunday and take part in its annual devotions, may we all be truly open to God’s mercy. Responding well when He does extend it to us, and hear the words that Christ spoke to the woman caught in adultery: “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more.”

Please find here a portion from the Diary of St. Faustina, the nun who had the visions of mercy. May we take hold and grasp this gift that is begin offered to us and may we forever change our lives.

“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.”

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