What is St.
Faustina's 'Divine Mercy devotion'?
The devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy
is based on private revelations
received by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) a Polish nun
who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about
600 pages, now available as 'Divine Mercy in my
Soul’. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the feast of Divine
Mercy when canonizing St. Faustina, April 30, 2000 more below
Mercy message reminds us & with a different way of
understanding, of what the Church has always taught.
That God loves
us - all of us and He wants us to recognise that His mercy is
greater than our sins, 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. It calls us to a deeper understanding
of God’s love, that is available to all, whatever are our sins. We
too must show mercy and forgiveness. >>
>> Simply remember 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
wants 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 the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust.
The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will
"Trust is not easy. It is always a
challenge. Trust Him when dark doubts assail you. Trust Him
when your strength is small. Trust Him when to simply trust
Him seems the hardest thing of all." ~ Archbishop Fulton J.
Mercy Chaplet prayers
Use Rosary beads, begin with: Our Father…, Hail Mary…,
The Apostles Creed; then on the large (Our Father) bead before
each decade, say: "Eternal Father, I offer to you the Body and
Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus
Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole
On the ten smaller (Hail Mary) beads of each decade, say:
"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on
the whole world." Conclude by saying three times: "Holy God,
Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the
whole world.". if praying alone, see footnote#1
The Three o’clock Prayer -
The Hour of Great Mercy. In His revelations to
Sr. Faustina, Jesus asked for special, daily remembrance at three
o'clock, the very hour He died for us on the cross:
"At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners and, if
only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion,
particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony.
This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world."
(diary 1320). "In this hour you can obtain
everything for yourself and for others for the asking: it was the
hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice."
"You expired Jesus but the source of life gushed forth for
souls and the ocean of Mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount
of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and
empty Yourself out upon us. (Diary,
O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a
Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You." (Diary, 84)
The Divine Mercy Novena: Imprimatur: John A. Marshall,
Bishop of Springfield, Mass. ~ The Novena to The Divine Mercy
Although not strictly
necessary to the Novena, it is recommended that the novena
intentions and prayers be prayed with the Chaplet of
Divine Mercy (see below), since Our Lord specifically asked for
a novena of Chaplets, especially before the Feast of
Start the Novena on Good Friday
and complete it on the Octave of Easter. If possible, attend a
special Divine Mercy Mass [services in Holy
Family Parish] on the Sunday after Easter. In her diary, St.
Faustina wrote that Jesus told her, "I desire that
Adoration (before The Most Blessed Sacrament) take place
(throughout the world), for the intention of imploring Mercy for
She also wrote: "On each day of the novena
you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will
immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you
will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces
for these souls."
The souls prayed
for on each day of the novena are:
DAY 1 (Good Friday) - All mankind, especially sinners.
DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) - The souls of priests and
DAY 3 (Easter Sunday) - All devout and faithful souls.
DAY 4 (Easter Monday) - Those who do not believe in Jesus
and those who do not yet know Him.
DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) - The souls of separated brethren.
DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday) - The meek and humble souls and the
souls of children.
DAY 7 (Easter Thursday) - The souls who especially venerate
and glorify Jesus' mercy. DAY 8 (Easter Friday) - The souls
who are detained in purgatory.
DAY 9 (Easter Saturday) - The souls who have become
FIRST DAY - Good Friday
"Today bring to Me ALL
MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of
My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into
which the loss of souls plunges Me."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose
very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do
not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your
infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this
of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy
Eternal Father, turn Your
merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners,
all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake
of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the
omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.
- Holy Saturday
"Today bring to Me THE
SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable
mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter
Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon
Most Merciful Jesus, from
whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women
consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of
mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy
who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your
merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard --
upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the
strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in
which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that
they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with
one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end.
- Easter Sunday
"Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them
in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the
Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst
of an ocean of bitterness."
Most Merciful Jesus, from
the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great
abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this
grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father
with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
Eternal Father, turn Your
merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your
Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your
blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may
they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but
rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify
Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.
- Easter Monday
"Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO
NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter
Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in
the ocean of My mercy."
Most compassionate Jesus,
You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of
Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe
in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of
Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may
extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the
abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your
merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You,
and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in
the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of
the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to
love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your
mercy for endless ages. Amen.
- Tuesday after Easter
"Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES
FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During
My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My
Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and
in this way they alleviate My Passion."
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light
to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated
themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity
of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come
to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those
who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have
squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately
persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon
the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He
underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most
Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your
great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
- Wednesday after Easter
"Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF
LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most
closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter
agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My
altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the
humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favour humble souls
with My confidence."
Most Merciful Jesus, You
yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of
heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all
meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls
send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s
favourites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of
God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have
a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and
they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your
merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little
children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most
Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest
resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and
reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I
beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You
take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may
sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages.
- Thursday after Easter
"Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY
MERCY, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over
my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living
images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a
special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into
the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at
the hour of death."
Most Merciful Jesus, whose
Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and
venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with
the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and
adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to
You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These
souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them
as they depart from this life.
Eternal Father, turn Your
merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest
attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in
the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living
Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts,
overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High!
I beg You O God:
Show them Your mercy
according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there
be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that
during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls
who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will
defend as His glory. Amen.
EIGHTH DAY - Friday after
"Today bring to Me
THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY, and immerse them in the
abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their
scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are
making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them
relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and
offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they
suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit
and pay off their debt to My justice."
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire
mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart
the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet,
who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood
and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of
Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls
suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate
Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your
Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was
flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just
scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the
Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe
that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion.
NINTH DAY - Saturday after
"Today bring to Me
SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM, and immerse them in the abyss of My
mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered
the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of
lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take
this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope
of salvation is to run to My mercy."
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring
lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In
this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like
corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set
aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of
Your mercy and draw them into the very ardour of Your love, and
bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who
are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.
Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by
His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss
of Your mercy. Amen
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'Divine Mercy Sunday'
for details of services in Holy Family Parish see Newsletter and Easter Mass
Mercy Sunday: is
the Second Sunday of the Easter season, named by Pope John Paul II
at the canonisation of St. Maria Faustina on April 30, 2000, and decreed by the Holy
See. Low Sunday was already a solemnity as the Octave Day of
Easter. The title “Divine Mercy Sunday” does highlight the meaning
of the day. “How much need
the world has to understand and accept Divine Mercy!”
~ Pope John Paul
The Feast of Divine
Mercy: Sr. Faustina stated according to Jesus' wish was to be
celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter (Diary, 49, 88, 280, 299,
420, 570, 699, 742). “Souls perish in spite
of My bitter Passion. I am giving them a last hope of
salvation; that is, the feast of My Mercy”. … “If they will
not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity”. This
is a day of special grace for us all and particularly a day of
deliverance for sinners. “Proclaim that mercy is the
greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned
with mercy.” (diary 301).
“… tell the whole world
about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the 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
My 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 grace flow are
opened. 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 it of man or
of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all 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
“My Heart overflows with great mercy for
souls, and especially for poor sinners… It is for them that the
Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing
with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of
Mercy” (diary 367).
Whoever approaches the Fount of
Mercy on this day...... will be granted complete remission of sins
and punishment" (diary
wrote: Today the
Lord said to me, "Daughter, when you go to confession, to this
fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My
heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time
you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with
great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your
soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself
am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I
myself act in your 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. The torrents of grace inundate
humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery,
because My grace turns way from them to humble
souls." (diary 1602)
"O Jesus, who filled St. Faustina with profound
veneration for Your boundless Mercy, deign, if it be Your holy
will, to grant me, through her intercession, the grace for which I
fervently pray........ My sins render me unworthy of Your
mercy, but be mindful of St. Faustina's spirit of sacrifice and
self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition which,
with childlike trust, I present to You through her intercession.
Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory....."
more from St Faustina's Diary, a
revelation for our times, Book II, 229-230: "Write down these words, my daughter. Speak to
the world about My Mercy; let all mankind recognise 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; let them profit from the blood and water
which gushed forth from for them".
"How many people also in
our time are in search of God, in search of Jesus and of his
Church, in search of divine mercy, and are waiting for a "sign"
that will touch their minds and their hearts!" ~
Pope Benedict XVI
forget this: the Lord never tires of forgiving us. God’s face is
that of a merciful father who is always patient. He never tires of
forgiving us if we know how to return to him with a contrite heart,
‘Great is the Lord’s mercy’. ~ Pope Francis
Pope John Paul II died age 84 on the vigil of
the Feast of Divine Mercy, Saturday, April 02,
Pope John Paul II - Karol Józef
Wojtyla 1920 - 2005 R.I.P. Eternal rest grant unto Pope John Paul
II O Lord and let perpetual light
shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the
faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen
To the surprise of the faithful attending the
Mass for John Paul II's eternal rest, a Vatican official read a
message the Pope had prepared for Divine Mercy Sunday.
Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute of the Vatican Secretariat
of State, told the crowd of 130,000 in St. Peter's Square today
that he read the text "with much honour and much nostalgia" and "by
the explicit indication" of the Pope himself.
"To humanity, which at times seems to be lost and dominated by
the power of evil, egoism and fear, the risen Lord offers as a gift
his love that forgives, reconciles and reopens the spirit to
hope," affirmed the Pope in his posthumous message.
"It is love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much need
the world has to understand and accept Divine
John Paul II proclaimed the feast
of Divine Mercy for the universal Church, when canonizing
Polish nun and mystic Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) on April 30,
2000. In his message for the recitation of the Regina Caeli, the
Holy Father wrote: "Lord, who with your death and resurrection
reveal the love of the Father, we believe in you and with
confidence repeat to you today: Jesus, I trust in you, have mercy
on us and on the whole world." for more see
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 3, 2005 (Zenit.org Code:
John Paul II as an Apostle of Mercy - Interview With Bishop Renato
April 3, 2005 (Zenit.org Code:
John Paul II
died at the end of the vigil Mass of Divine Mercy Sunday, the feast
that he himself instituted five years earlier for the universal
Church. Bishop Renato Boccardo, recently appointed
secretary-general of Vatican City State, led the faithful in prayer
in St. Peter's Square after the announcement of the Pope's death.
He called John Paul II "the apostle of mercy." Indeed, the prelate
will focus on this topic when he addresses an unprecedented retreat
in Krakow, Poland, for priests from all over the world.
In this interview with ZENIT, Bishop Boccardo illustrates the
transcendence of the message given by Christ through Sister
Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), the Polish nun and mystic linked to
the Divine Mercy devotion.
Q: At the international priests' retreat you have been
invited to speak about the Pope as an apostle of mercy. In what way
was the Pope an apostle of mercy?
Bishop Boccardo: I think that in the almost 27 years of his
pontificate, the Pope has been an apostle of mercy at two levels.
First of all, through his teaching given in various documents and
in particular done through his encyclical "Dives in Misericordia."
But at the same time, the second dimension is through his gestures.
It is his gestures which remain in the memory and conscience of the
Church beyond his words. I'm thinking of the pardon given to his
would-be assassin and the visit made to him in prison. I'm thinking
of the closeness manifested many times with all those who in a
particular way need Divine Mercy. That is to say, those sick with
AIDS, elderly abandoned people, the sick in general. I'm thinking
of him on Good Friday in St. Peter's Basilica, welcoming pilgrims
with the sacrament of confession, the highest instrument of the
mercy of God. It seems to me that Pope John Paul II linked together
words and gestures of mercy. A mercy which manifests itself right
there through a caress, a listening ear, through the way he looked
intensively at those who suffer. I'm thinking of the example of
mercy -- that of offering the chance of forgiveness during the
Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. Therefore, through his person and
through his teaching, the Pope has recalled the Church to this
fundamental dimension of the Christian life.
Q: John Paul II said: "Mercy, unique hope for the world."
Why did he give so much importance to Divine Mercy for the future
of the world?
Bishop Boccardo: Our postmodern and modern world seems to have
experienced every possible way to try to improve its life through
scientific and technical progress and yet continues to experience a
huge poverty. Let's go back to the words of the Gospel: What worth
is it for man to gain the whole world if he loses his own soul? And
our very modern world, so rich in science and technological
discoveries, finds itself in the end incapable of finding meaning
in its own existence. It finds itself divided within, driven by
hate, war and death and struggles to find the strength and reasons
to live and hope.
And we Christians believe that our reason and our hope for existing
is to be found only in the heart of God. So our postmodern world,
plunged in its own poverty, needs to hear more than ever the
proclamation of the grace and mercy which comes from above. It's in
accepting this greater mystery, which comes to us gratuitously
through mercy, that the world will find the meaning of its
Q: What impact, if any, has the feast of Divine Mercy had on
the life of the Church?
Bishop Boccardo: Above all, I believe that this feast of Divine
Mercy is a gift that the Pope John Paul II has made to the Church,
establishing it on the first Sunday after Easter -- a gift which
probably responds to an expectancy in our world which more than
ever experiences the need for mercy and goodness. And we know that
the source, the fountain of mercy and goodness is in the heart of
God. It is important that the Church becomes ever more, as the Pope
said several times, minister of this mercy and goodness of God. So
now, by declaring a day specifically set aside for the celebration
and proclamation of the mercy of God, which through the sacrifice
of Christ reaches all mankind, this day becomes a work of
Q: Why did the Holy Father place the feast of Divine Mercy
so close to Easter?
Bishop Boccardo: Celebrating Divine Mercy on the first Sunday after
Easter makes for, I would say, a reaffirmation of the greatness of
the Easter mystery. God the Father wanting to save humanity sent
his Son. And his Son gave his life for humanity. What is this,
then, if not the mercy of God?
But of course, Divine Mercy Sunday cannot remain a private
devotion. It's a feast that redresses and encompasses the whole of
the life of the Church. It is strictly linked to the Easter
mystery. The same Easter mystery reveals the mercy of God and the
goodness of God with regard to humanity.
Q: Why have two cardinals and two bishops decided to propose
this retreat to priests?
Bishop Boccardo: I just have to say that I was present with the
Pope in the celebration of the dedication of the sanctuary in
Lagiewniki. And I was really struck by what the Pope said during
the celebration: "Who would have thought that the young man with
wooden clogs on his feet coming home from work every evening and
stopping here in the Chapel of Divine Mercy to pray, would one day
be coming back as Pope to consecrate this sanctuary."
That's to say, the mysterious story that Divine Providence writes
in the life of men -- intensive moments of great emotion.
Then, we also know that from that place, from that shrine the
devotion of Divine Mercy radiates throughout the world. Certainly,
a richness of grace and blessing. Therefore, I hope and think that
this international retreat will be an effusion of grace, a blessing
for those who participate in it and through them for
Pope John Paul II on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday
Announcement of the Beatification of the Venerable Servant of
God, Pope John Paul II
Statement from the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops'
Conference of England and Wales. "The Catholic Bishops of
England and Wales welcome with great joy the news that the
Venerable Servant of God, Pope John Paul II will be beatified by
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in May this year. The choice of the
First Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, for the
Beatification ceremony in Rome has much significance. Pope John
Paul II put Divine Mercy at the centre of his spiritual life, his
apostolic testimony and his teaching. It was also on the eve of
this Sunday in 2005 that he surrendered his soul to the infinite
mercy of his Lord and Saviour." "The Catholic Bishops of England
and Wales welcome with great joy the news that the Venerable
Servant of God, Pope John Paul II will be beatified by His Holiness
Pope Benedict XVI, in May this year. The choice of the First Sunday
after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, for the Beatification ceremony
in Rome has much significance. Pope John Paul II put Divine Mercy
at the centre of his spiritual life, his apostolic testimony and
his teaching. It was also on the eve of this Sunday in 2005 that he
surrendered his soul to the infinite mercy of his Lord and
Saviour." "The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales welcome with
great joy the news that the Venerable Servant of God, Pope John
Paul II will be beatified by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in May
this year. The choice of the First Sunday after Easter, Divine
Mercy Sunday, for the Beatification ceremony in Rome has much
significance. Pope John Paul II put Divine Mercy at the centre of
his spiritual life, his apostolic testimony and his teaching. It
was also on the eve of this Sunday in 2005 that he surrendered his
soul to the infinite mercy of his Lord and Saviour."
Stock General Secretary - Catholic Bishops' Conference of England
and Wales - 14 January 2011 - Zenit article link
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footnote#1: For many years it
was the practice of the page editor and others when praying the
Chaplet alone, to say 'me or my' instead of 'us or our', however
the following comment was found in 2012 on another source: "When we
pray, "in atonement for OUR sins", we are not just praying for our
own personal sins, if it was just that, then the prayer would be,
"in atonement for MY sins"... It is our whole family tree we are
including, our family lineage, not only our immediate family but
our whole family past and present. In the Bible the family tree is
the whole lineage, those who have gone before, back to the
beginning of time, and those who come after, till the end of time."
... " In Deuteronomy 7:9 Our Lord said, to those who pray and
honour my commandments I will give credit to a hundred generations.
Jesus also gave us the opportunity to atone for others on the feast
of Mercy, for it is not only a great opportunity to cleanse our own
souls but we can also do a lot for others souls on that day (Diary
[See also our page: 'Healing the Family Tree' prayers here]
"My children, I am
writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone
does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins
only but for those of the whole world. The way we may be sure that
we know him is to keep his commandments. Those who say, "I know
him," but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is
not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly
perfected in him." 1 Jn 2:1-5a
"Repent, then, and turn to
God (be converted), so that your sins may be wiped out, that
times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Acts 3:19 NIV
"Lord, let your mercy (unfailing love) be on us, as we place
our trust in you." Ps 33:22
"May each one of you experience the power of the Blood and
Water that poured out from the heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy
and may each of you find confidence and trust in this ever present
mercy of God!" ~ citation needed
"If God were not willing to forgive sin, heaven would be
empty." ~ German proverb
"The ultimate proof of total forgiveness takes place when we
sincerely petition the Father to let those who have hurt us off the
hook -- even if they have hurt not only us, but also those close to
us." ~ R. T. Kendall
The Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy:
Mercy as it is contemplated here is said to be a virtue influencing
one's will to have compassion for, and if possible, to alleviate
|The corporal works of mercy are:
To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To harbour the harbourless;
To visit the sick;
To ransom the captive;
To bury the dead.
|The spiritual works of mercy are:
To instruct the ignorant;
To counsel the doubtful;
To admonish sinners;
To bear wrongs patiently;
To forgive offences willingly;
To comfort the afflicted;
To pray for the living and the dead.
last updated February 2015 v 1.33 ~ ê¿ê
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'If we confess our sins, he
is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us
from all unrighteousness.' 1 John 1:9