The Jubilee Year of Mercy began this week on the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has called us to “live lives shaped by mercy,” and benefit greatly from the Year of Mercy.
The ideal resource for the Year of Mercy is bestselling author Vinny Flynn’s soon-to-be-released book 7 SECRETS OF DIVINE MERCY, which draws from Scripture, the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Diary of St. Faustina — Flynn was one of the original editors of the official English edition of the diary — to reveal the heart of Divine Mercy. Flynn offers an inspirational road map to help us experience the overflow of transforming love from the Holy Spirit during the Year of Mercy.
“It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy,” said Pope Francis. Mercy, he says, is “the beating heart of the Gospel” To live mercy, we must rediscover both the spiritual works of mercy (counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear patiently those who do us ill and pray for the living and the dead) and the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead).
Divine Mercy is the key devotion, the umbrella devotion over everything else. Every other devotion in the Church, every ritual, every activity, every teaching, is under that umbrella of Divine Mercy. As Flynn shows us in 7 SECRETS OF DIVINE MERCY, everything in our lives can become more meaningful, more powerful and more life-changing once we really embrace the gift of Divine Mercy — the overflow of love from the Holy Trinity.
This book will be released December 21, 2015 and is available for preorder.
About the author: Vinny Flynn is a popular speaker at Catholic conferences around the world, and is the bestselling author of 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, 21 Ways to Worship, 7 Secrets of Confession, and Mercy’s Gaze. Vinny has helped train many of the people writing and speaking about Divine Mercy today. He also has been singing the original “Chaplet of Divine Mercy” on EWTN with some of his children for over 20 years.
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