Divine Mercy Sunday celebrated today

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An image of Jesus of Divine Mercy is seen in St. Peter's Square in this Catholic News Service file photo from 2013 as people gather for Pope Francis' recitation of the "Regina Coeli" (Queen of Heaven) at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 7, 2013. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Father Joel de los Reyes
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

The Catholic Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday today.

In her Diary No. 699, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “My daughter, tell the whole world about my inconceivable mercy. I desire that a 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 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 graces flow shall be opened.”

Jesus continued: “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 of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout 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.”

Early Church writings:

In the Apostolic Constitution, Book 5, chapter 19, we find the Apostle Thomas strongly urging, “After the eight days following the Feast of Easter, let there be another feast observed with honor, the eight day itself on which He gave Thomas, who was hard of belief, full assurance by showing me the print of the nails, and the wound made in His side by the spear.”

Celebrate Feast of Mercy?

In Diary No. 341, St. Faustina wrote, “I entered the little chapel to visit Jesus, for a minute and to renew the intentions of the Holy Father, so that he may approve the Feast of Mercy. ‘But Jesus, I have one more word to say to You. I’m very surprised that You bid me to talk about this Feast of Mercy, for they tell me that there is already such a feast, and so why should I talk about it?’ And Jesus said to me, ‘And who knows anything about this feast? No one! Even those who should be proclaiming My mercy and teaching the people about it often do not know about it themselves. That is why I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. Make a novena for the Holy Father’s intention. It should consist of thirty-three acts; that is, repetition that many times of the short prayer which I have taught you-to The Divine Mercy.’ ”

Pray the Novena to the Divine Mercy 

In Diary no. 1209, St. Faustina wrote, “Jesus I trust in You. Novena to Divine Mercy which Jesus instructed me to write down and make before the Feast of Mercy. It begins on Good Friday. I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.”            

Confession on the Feast of Mercy

In Diary no. 1109, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.”

Isn’t this feast is just what we need to bring hope and healing in our alienated and lapsed Catholics and for our troubled Church and the world in these challenging times and uncertainties? We ask our merciful Savior to bless us with the abundance of Hs grace and mercy.

JESUS KING OF MERCY I TRUST IN YOU!