By Jennifer Brinker | email@example.com | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
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!"
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.
CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF ST. LOUIS Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End — noon Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Rice. Following Mass, eucharistic adoration and confessions, veneration of Divine Mercy image in thesanctuary, 3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet, ending with Benediction.
Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
The email came via a friend:
"This week has been a very rough week, trying to get back into the groove of third shift all over again and dealing with the swelling of my ankle. On my drive into work, I have cried every single night. But there is a sign of JESUS ... every time I see it, it gives me a glimpse of PEACE!!!!"