Monday, April 9, 2012

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday

On April 18th, 1993, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II beatified Sr. Faustina Kowalska at St Peter's Square in Rome. It was the first Sunday after Easter- the very day that is to be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday, according to the Merciful Savior's revelations to Sister Faustina. Sister Faustina gained her official canonization on April 30th, 2000, again it was Mercy Sunday.  In fact it was during this time the Holy Father also announced that the Second Sunday of Easter would now be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the universal Church.

Jesus wished for the world to know of and to be submersed into the ocean of His Mercy. The Lord chose Sr. Faustina as the Apostle and Secretary of His mercy, so she would share the urgent message of Divine Mercy with our troubled modern world. St Faustina's writings produced a magnificent book.

Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul  Maria Faustina Kowalska (Author)


Words of Jesus:

"I am Love and Mercy itself (1074)...Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet (699) ...My Mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world (1485)... I let my Sacred Heart be piereced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you.  come then with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject to draw a coontrite heart (1485)...Sooner would heaven and earth  turn into nothingness than wold My mercy not embrace a trusting soul (1777)."

"I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itslef, but radiates them to other souls (1074)."

In 1931, Our Lord appeared to Saint Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the heart, from where two large rays come forth, one red and the other pale. She gazed intently at the Lord in silence, her soul filled with awe, but also with great joy. Jesus said to her:

"Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature: Jesus I trust in You... Ipromise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death.I Myself will defend it as My own glory (47,48)...I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You" (327)... I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world (47).

Jesus I Trust in You

"The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water shich makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross ... Happy is the one who will dwell in their shlter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hld of him (299) ... By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. it is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the stroongest faith is of no avail without works (742)."

When St Faustina had a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city, she began to pray and received words interiorly as she began to see the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus' grace within her.
"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sinds and those of the whole world;  for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world (476)."

As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (see 474, 475).

The next day, as she was entering the chapel, she again heard the interior voice, instructing her how to recite the prayer that our Lord later called "the Chaplet". In subsequent revelations, the Lord made it clear that the Chaplet was not just for her but for the whole world.

"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541q) ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687) ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541) ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet ony once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy (687) ...I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (687) Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will (1731)."

The Chaplet may be said at any time, but Our Lord specifically told St Faustina to recite it during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter). The Novena would begin on Good Friday, and continue until the Second Sunday of Easter. He then added:
"By this Novena, [of Chaplets] I will Grant every possible grace to souls (796).

How To Recite the Chaplet (Diary , 476)

Click Here to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet Takes about 6 minutes to pray

When Praying the Novena, recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet, yet each day add the intention for the soul as directed by Jesus: click here for the Nine Days Novena, top right in Red

Click here for Divine Mercy Sung (Part 1of 2) 8 minutes long
Click here for Divine Mercy Sung (Part 2 of 2) 10 minutes long

Our Lord desires that every soul knows of his great Mercy. He gives a special promise of Mercy, which is complete forgiveness of sins and punishment on the Feast of Mercy.
"I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will got o Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy (1109)."

"Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (300)."

"The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (699)."

Jesus I Trust in You,
              Jesus I Trust in You,
                             Jesus I Trust in You.

Article, John Paul II was an Apostle of the Divine Mercy

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