Newsletter for Sunday 11 April 2021

9 Apr

The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

This Second Sunday of Easter is call Divine Mercy Sunday.

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sin, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A- Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B- Be merciful. God want us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C- Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that all the graces of His mercy can only be received by our trust. The more we open the door of our hearts and lives to Him with trust, the more we can receive and share.

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of St Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

Bishop Karol Wojtyla – later to become the much loved Pope St John-Paul II – was a great devotee and promoted this great devotion to God’s Merciful Love. He extended this great devotion to the Universal Church on 30th April 2000 to be kept every year on the 2nd Sunday of Easter – today.

On this Sunday, our Lord promised extraordinary graces of Divine Mercy to all those who receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday in a State of Grace ie: having made a good Confession (Confession is available before and after Mass this weekend) and trusting in God’s merciful love. This is a grace for yourself, a promise from Our Lord to devout communicants on this Mercy Sunday, amounting to a complete renewal of baptismal grace in the soul, freed from both spiritual and temporal punishments, the ‘slate wiped clean’.

What a gift beyond words!! Mercy in truth and deed promised by our risen, loving Lord.

May we all, from our hearts, pray the Divine Mercy Prayer more fervently every day:

‘Jesus, I trust in you.’

Fr David Jones OLW

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