Divine Mercy Sunday
We come to the 8th Day of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. On this day, we recall the great love and mercy of God, Who sent His Son into the world to suffer and die for our sins. In so doing, He conquered sin and death and offered salvation to all who seek refuge in Him. It is this free gift of God’s that we celebrate on this Sunday and every time we gather to celebrate the Paschal Mystery at Mass and seek His forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The devotion comes from Sr. Faustina. In the 1930s, she had a vision of Jesus’ divine mercy pouring forth from His sacred heart. He asked that Sr. Faustina have the image painted and a feast established on the Sunday after Easter.
On 30 April 2000, Pope St. John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and established the Sunday of Divine Mercy on the 2nd Sunday of Easter. He reiterated it a year later by stating: “Jesus said to St. Faustina one day: ‘Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy’. Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.”
On this day, the Holy Father St. John Paul II also decreed a plenary indulgence for those who either take part in the prayers and devotions to the Divine Mercy in a church or chapel or say an Our Father and Creed in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved. The usual conditions of Confession, Holy Communion, praying for the intentions of the Holy Father (Our Father & Hail Mary), and the detachment from sin also apply.
May the feast of Divine Mercy remind all of us of God’s faithful love and mercy, which is poured out in abundance upon all of us. A blessed and happy Easter to you all!
Fr. Louis of the House of Thomas