divine mercy

DEAR FATHER | Divine Mercy feast is fulfillment of Easter promise

In 1931, a young Polish nun, now known as St. Faustina, received an apparition of Jesus. He appeared with red and white streams coming from His heart. Over time, He revealed His desire that this image be painted and that a feast dedicated to Divine Mercy be instituted on the Sunday following Easter Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s mercy

Years ago, Donna Cori Gibson came across the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and placed it in her collection of Catholic books. She didn't pick it up until a few years later, when she hit a low point in her life.

What struck her the most from the diary — which details Christ's private revelations to the Polish nun in the 1930s — was how He stressed the value of suffering and how powerful it is when we are able to unite our own sufferings with His.

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s resurrection

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated April 23.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy. She wrote that she first saw a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He had rays of mercy streaming from His heart. Christ told her to have an image painted to represent the vision and to write below it, "Jesus, I trust in you!"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Divine Mercy is an explosion of God’s love

As exciting as Christ's resurrection was to the apostles on Easter Sunday morning, what happens on Easter Sunday evening is even more exciting.

On Easter Sunday morning, the apostles were very excited that Jesus rose from the dead. This knowledge brought joy to their hearts, because they were looking forward to reconnecting with Him.

However, Jesus realized on Easter Sunday morning His work was not completed, so He revisited them in the evening when the doors were locked. What they experienced that night they couldn't fully appreciate until the Feast of Pentecost.

GUEST COLUMNIST | The cross and divine mercy

Maria-Pia Negro Chin

Do you wonder whether Jesus loves you? Think you don't deserve this love? If you want these doubts dispelled, pray the Stations of the Cross.

Based on scriptural accounts from the time when Jesus was condemned, leading to His death and when He was laid in the tomb, these 14 stations remind us of His sacrificial love.

DEAR FATHER | Divine Mercy feast is fulfillment of Easter promise

Father John Mayo

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