Truly, of all the gifts lavished upon humanity from above, none may reach the summit of generosity and mercy of Divine Mercy Sunday. This Feast Day of the Church, instituted by St. John Paul II in the year 2000, is celebrated on the Sunday following Easter. It came about because of a request from Jesus, Himself, through His chosen instrument, a Polish nun named Sr. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized that same year.
Jesus said to St. Faustina:
My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. 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. On that day, all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary of St. Faustina, 699)
While this Feast of Mercy, as Jesus calls it, is of primary importance in the Church as well as for one’s soul, it is not always celebrated fully, nor even mentioned sometimes in Church on Divine Mercy Sunday. This does not mean that one cannot fully celebrate it as Jesus requested.
The promise of this day is nothing less than the forgiveness of all sins and punishment due to sin for anyone who would do two simple things: go to Confession and receive Jesus in Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday. According to Divine Mercy Productions, one may receive the Sacrament of Confession twenty days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.
What this means is that, if a soul is not attached to his or her sin, even venial sins, and has made a confession of true repentance from the heart, received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (the Mass), then no matter the sins they have committed, and no matter the good they neglected to do, their soul emerges perfectly clean and forgiven. Should they die just after receiving the sacraments, their soul would bypass purgatory, and they would fly straight to heaven.
To say “no” to this gift would be foolish madness, and yet people reject it, forget about it, consider it insignificant, or have never heard of it. For those of us who do take advantage of this unparalleled gift, does this mean we will never find ourselves in purgatory? That depends how we live our lives in the days to follow. Let us take full advantage of God’s unfathomable mercy!
Jesus says to us through St. Faustina:
Come with faith to the feet of My representative … and make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light.” (1725) “Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. (1602)
Many feel that their sins are unforgivable, but Jesus tell us:
Were a soul like a decaying corpse, so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. In the Tribunal of Mercy [the Sacrament of Confession], the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated. (1448)
Copyright 2018 Christine Watkins