In the 1930s, Our Lord revealed himself to Saint Faustina,
a Polish nun. He gave her a mission: to be the secretary
and apostle of His mercy. He told her of the desires of
His merciful Heart, and promised specific graces to all
who would honor and proclaim His mercy.
On the Sunday after Easter, the Church celebrates Divine
Mercy Sunday, as Our Lord asked. Our Lord's Mercy
grants forgiveness of all sins and punishment on
the Feast of Divine Mercy, mercy for even the most
Our Lord told St. Faustina, "... whoever approaches the Fount of Life on the Feast of Divine Mercy will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment. ... 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. If
you have been to Confession during Lent and are in a
state of grace when you receive Holy Communion on that
day, this is sufficient to receive Our Lord's promise.
Our Lord also warned St. Faustina, "Souls perish in spite
of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of
salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not
adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. ... Tell
souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful
day, the day of My justice, is near."
In addition to keeping Divine Mercy Sunday, Our Lord told
St. Faustina that He desires us to:
- Venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy. "By means of
this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls."
These graces include all possible graces which we ask of
Him with trust.
- Recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. "It pleases Me
to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet
... if what you ask for is compatible with My will. ... When
this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person,
God's anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops
- At the Hour of Mercy, 3 p.m., "… immerse yourself
completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke
its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for
poor sinners. ... Immerse yourself in prayer there where
you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant."
Address your prayer at this Hour of Mercy to Jesus,
appealing to the value and merits of His Passion. Our
Lord said, "In this hour you can obtain everything for
yourself and for others for the asking."
- Spread the honor of the Divine Mercy, and "show mercy
to your neighbors always and everywhere." Our Lord
wants those who worship Him to perform at least one act
of love of neighbor in the course of each day.
Divine Mercy Sunday Mass will be celebrated today
at 3 PM. It is a Corporate Mass for the Knights of
Columbus and will include an Honor Guard. Please