Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated, as Jesus requested and conveyed to St. Faustina, on the first Sunday after Easter. This year that date is April 23rd. About this feast, the Lord said:
Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy. … I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it (Diary of St. Faustina, 742).
The Divine Mercy Novena, which Jesus requested to be prayed in preparation for next Sunday’s big feast, is posted here. The novena actually began yesterday but I cannot imagine the Lord would reject anyone’s sincere effort to combine two days of prayer for a novena in order to be current. Additional instruction on preparing can be found at the website of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
There are many apostolates, all over the world, which promote this devotion, given to us especially for these times but, certainly, it will be a spiritual treasure through the end of time. Much has been written about the power of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, comprised of words given directly from the Lord. Recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina are the dialogues between Jesus and St. Faustina, an inspirational read full of hope. Also in the diary are accounts of how people and situations were changed as a result of praying the Chaplet. Such stories have continued to be told to this day.
In the backdrop of our world scene, we need Divine Mercy as much as ever. Should some catastrpohic event unfold as part of this heightening Storm, the sure and certain truths of faith which Jesus reiterated to St. Faustina will be inspiration and encouragement for each of us who live TNRS way. These same words can hearten those around us as we support and uplift others with His ever-present hope. God promises: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) As sherpas, we need to remind others amidst every crisis of this Storm: God has a Plan. In these days, let us recall and share such spiritual gems as these:
“O my Jesus, You have tested me so many times in this short life of mine! I have come to understand so many things, and even such that now amaze me. Oh, how good it is to abandon oneself totally to God and to give Him full freedom to act in one’s soul!” (134)
“He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” (390)
“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.” (301)
“‘I am love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.’” (1273)
“I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was open wide for every soul. 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.’” (1572)
“The graces I grant you are not for you alone, but for a great number of other souls as well… And your heart is My constant dwelling place, despite the misery that you are. I unite Myself with you, take away your misery and give you My mercy. I perform works of mercy in every soul. The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy. My mercy is confirmed in every work of My hands. He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool”. (723)
Do you have a favored quote from Divine Mercy which steadies you amidst personal storms?