Tomorrow, April 27th, is the Feast of Divine Mercy also known as Divine Mercy Sunday! In our own modern times, Jesus gave St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland the mission of making His Divine Mercy better known on earth. He told St. Faustina to have this feast instituted in the Church.
Jesus told St. Faustina that anyone who receives Holy Communion on the Feast of Divine Mercy and goes to Confession on the Feast of Divine Mercy or within the 8 days before or after it, will obtain complete forgiveness of sins (including all punishment associated with those sins).
Jesus told St. Faustina Kowalska:
“When you go to Confession know this, that I Myself am waiting for you in the Confessional; I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in the soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of Mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great there is no limit to my generosity” (Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, VI, 6–7).
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The Great Sacrament of Confession (Reconciliation)
He gave St. Faustina the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to be prayed daily (especially at 3pm) and other prayers such as the Divine Mercy Novena.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy (video)
How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
In addition, He told her to keep a diary (The Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska) and to have a painting made of the Divine Mercy image, a likeness of the way He had appeared to her.
The words “Jesus, I Trust in You.” are at the bottom of the image and red and blue rays of light are coming out from the Sacred Heart of Jesus as one of His pierced Hands offers a blessing and the other points to His Sacred Heart. The words remind us that we need to trust in Jesus. The red and blue rays of light represent the water and blood that gushed forth from His Sacred Heart when a soldier pierced His side with a lance while He was on the cross (Gospel of St. John). He endured His Passion and death on the cross because of His Love for us so that through all His suffering, He could merit the forgiveness of all the sins of mankind. This was the greatest act of God’s Mercy!
The Divine Mercy of Jesus image reminds us that God’s Love and Mercy are connected. Sometimes we have a distorted view of God’s Love (due to experiences of imperfect human love), so it is hard for us to really believe He loves us and to then accept His Mercy. Out of His love, He pours forth grace and mercy upon us.
Friends, God does loves us so much with a love that is intense, infinite, perfect, and pure. It is because of His great love that He is merciful towards us, His beloved children.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” ~Psalm 107:1
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.” ~Psalm 145:8
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”~ Isaiah 1:18
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”~Psalm 23:6
Divine Mercy and the Holy Eucharist
He pours out His grace and mercy chiefly through the Holy Eucharist (The Holy Mass, Holy Communion, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament) as well as through the other Sacraments (i.e. Confession). It is important to note that on one occasion, St. Faustina saw the blue and red rays coming forth from the Blessed Sacrament. This can help us to recognize that Jesus is truly present in the Holy Eucharist.
Works of Mercy
Jesus also told St. Faustina that, like Him, we should be merciful to others and do works of mercy in order to be channels or instruments of His Mercy towards others.
Divine Mercy and Jesus’ Second Coming
Furthermore, Jesus told St. Faustina that His revelations to her would have a special role in preparing mankind for His Second Coming. The following quotes are from the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska.
“Secretary of My mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near” (965).
“Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me … ‘I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming…’ ” (635).
“Write down these words, my daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy … ” (848).
“Write: before I come as just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy” (1146).
“Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy “(1588).
Let us remember to look forward to Jesus’ Second Coming with hope and trust and by living lives of holiness. During every Mass, after the Our Father prayer, we are reminded of this when the priest prays,
“Deliver us Lord from every evil and grant us peace in our days, that, by the help of your Mercy, we may always be free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ.”
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, run into the arms of your loving Heavenly Father, who is waiting and yearning to embrace you! Then, go out into the world and do deeds of mercy to share His Mercy with others! Tell others of His great mercy that they too may return to God.
*For more information on St. Faustina Kowalska and Jesus’ Divine Mercy messages, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Divine Mercy image go to:
The Divine Mercy Devotion