Mercy is compassion or forgiveness. Jesus came to Sister Faustina in Poland in the 1920’s and 30’s asking her to write down His words for the world. He asks for everyone to come to Him and ask forgiveness and if possible come to Reconciliation. He wants us to repent and come back to Him. She became His “Secretary”, keeping journals of His visits to her and His words during that time. The picture below is the picture of Divine Mercy. The rays from Jesus’ heart represent Blood and Water. The white rays represent Baptism and Reconciliation. The red rays represent the Eucharist and the Blood He shed for us. St. Faustina was canonized as a saint in the year 2000 by Pope John Paul II.
The Sunday after Easter is the Divine Mercy Sunday. “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (Jesus’ words in the Diary 699) We get our sins forgiven in Confession but we don’t stop to think about the punishment for our sins. If one of our children smashes a window, we can forgive them but they still will be grounded for doing it and may have to work to pay for the damage. They need to learn from their mistakes. God deals with us the same way, as a Father would. It doesn’t mean we would go to hell but we may spend time in Purgatory for it. If we go to Divine Mercy Sunday and do what’s required, we not only have that sin forgiven but the punishment will be gone too.
Jesus gave us the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This is a devotional prayer said on beads like the rosary but it’s said to Jesus. This prayer helps us to accept His mercy and to be perfected in it. The best time to say it is 3:00 pm because that’s the time Jesus died.
Check out the two links on the Links page for Divine Mercy and the Diary of St. Faustina.
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