Remembering and celebrating the mercy of God

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Events in the third day of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) took place in the beautiful shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto.Tomas, Batangas amidst the colorful and festive event with about 10,000 devotees of the Divine Mercy, hundreds of priests, nuns and a number of bishops and archbishops.

People were very hospitable and they showcased a world class cultural presentation performed by the exceptionally talented “Sining Kumintang de Batangas” group.

Here is the portion of the talk by the Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines, a famous speaker and author in the country. Please watch for the remaining part in the next issue of “Divine Mercy Moments”.   

His theme was, “Remembering and celebrating the mercy of God as a forgiven and forgiving community.” It’s sad when we can no longer remember. That’s why Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are such dreaded sicknesses. You are like an uprooted tree when you can no longer remember. We live in the present, we draw motivation from the future, and we draw life from our memory of the past. It’s terrible when we can no longer remember even our personal dates like birthdays or anniversaries.

The Lord told the Israelites to remember what he did for them, especially the great event that highlighted his mercy, the exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. That is why the Lord commanded the institution of the Passover Feast (Exodus. 12) and after prescribing the ritual, he said to Moses and to the people, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord as a perpetual institution. And God repeatedly reminded his chosen people of his great intervention in their history.”

The Lord God said, “I, the Lord Am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 20:2) The remembrance of God’s deeds for his people was to be a source of great joy for them and reason to praise and thank Him and to live according to his will. We see this result especially in the Blessed Virgin Mary how she rejoiced because the Lord has done great things for her. She could remember that the mercy of the Lord was from generation to generation to those who fear him. Zechariah was rendered dumb but when his speech was restored he started to praise the Lord saying, “Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel for he has come to his people to set them free.” Remembering God’s blessings makes one happy.

On the flip side, someone said that it’s virtuous to help someone in need even if that person is unable to help you back. Forgiveness is the key to release your blessings. (Mk. 11:25-26). True love has no expiry date. Beautiful things may not always be good, but good things are always beautiful. Listening to someone’s need is listening to God. Amen on the folks!

Divine Mercy-St. John Paul II Chapel

Very soon we’ll finally begin the construction of the Divine Mercy-St. John Chapel in Astumbo, Dededo. We’re in dire need your financial help in this endeavor. Please help us. You may call Fr. Dan Bien, Pastor of Santa Barbara Church, Dededo at 632-5659/9534, me, Fr. Joel, at 483-9464, or Mrs. Carmen Kasperbauer at 632-0431 for more information. Thank you and may God bless you.

In her Diary No. 301, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “Proclaim that mercy is God’s greatest attribute.” Pray the Divine Mercy daily at 3 p.m.