Divine Mercy Sunday - Questions and Answers

 

Question:
Does going to Saturday night Mass take care of it or do we have to go back again on Sunday?
Answer:
Saturday night Mass does suffice so long as it is the Mass of Sunday.

 

Question:
What if my Parish Priest has nothing on Divine Mercy Sunday, can I still receive the special graces of Divine Mercy Sunday?
Answer:
Yes, you can. The main things our Lord wants are Confession, Holy Communion, being merciful to others, the veneration of His Image and Trust.

 

Question:
But what about confession on the same day?
Answer:
In most parishes this is absolutely impossible. To have everyone go to confession on that day is impossible. And Jesus cannot ask the impossible. There are not enough priests and time would run out before all confessions could be heard in a single day. For sure then, our confession should be before the Feast of Mercy. Cardinal Francis Macharski, Archbishop of Cracow in his 1985 pastoral letter said, we should make our confession even before Holy Week, He Said: “I earnestly ask that Priests faithfully minister in the confessional, and that the faithful do not put off confession to Holy Week”. With the Church stamp of approval and declaring this day as a plenary Indulgence, even 8 to 20 days after the Feast would be acceptable with the Priestís shortage.

 

Question:
But what about people who still want to go to confession the same day, even though they donít need to, in other words they are in the state of grace, and have gone to confession sometime during Lent or Holy Week for Divine Mercy Sunday?
Answer:
If it is not necessary, then they should have enough Trust in Jesus that he will do what he says. Some people never seem to put enough Trust in Jesus that He can and will do it. And Trust is needed most of all to reap the bounty of Christís Divine Mercy. Though the Diary speaks about Confession frequently, but Jesus said Trust is very necessary in order to receive His Mercy:

Our Lord Speaks:

“Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flow down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waithing there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls.” (Diary #1602)

 

Question:
Does the Divine Mercy Mass have to take place at 3:00 P.M.?
Answer:
It can but it does not have to be. Jesus never said that in relation to the Feast of Mercy even though Jesus did say that 3 oíclock is the “hour of great mercy.” The scheduled times of your regular Sunday Masses are sufficient, so long as there are the blessing and veneration of the Image and the Priest preaches on Divine Mercy.

 

Question:
What if our priest wants nothing to do with the image and he doesnít even preach on God's mercy?
Answer:
My suggestion would be to search out a parish that is properly celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday and if this is not at all possible, then do everything that you can do possible. Like, have an image to venerate in your home with your own family blessing. Remember our Lordís words: “If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity..”

 

Question:
Is this enough just to have a regular Sunday Mass, didnít Jesus ask for a solemn celebration?
Answer:
Yes, this would be sufficient. The Mass is the greatest prayer of all. There is no greater form of prayer than Jesus offering Himself to the Father, but let us not forget that this is a Feast and a Feast is a celebration.

 

Question:
What about people who are in prison, or at war, and the sick and the dying who have no way of celebrating the Feast of Mercy the same day, or they have no way of making confession a month before or even a month after?
Answer:
If you refer to The late John Paul II's Apostolic Penitentiary Decree on the Plenary Indulgence, he said: “They may obtain a plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday, if totally detesting any sin, as has been said before, and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions” (Confession, Communion, and will recite the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition, pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus, example: Merciful Jesus, I trust in You).

 

Question:
How many of you paid close attention to what Jesus said in order for us to receive his complete forgiveness of sins and punishment? Did he not say that the soul that will go to Confession and Holy Communion would receive this great grace? He did not say Confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Why not?
Answer:
The answer is because Jesus wants each and every soul to have an opportunity to receive His special grace. Therefore, Jesus was mindful of the handicapped, the invalids, the bedridden, the sick in hospitals, in our nursing homes, our shut-ins, those at war and anyone for whom it is impossible to get to Mass on that Sunday but would be able to receive Holy Communion. Jesus wants no one left out. Now, I know someone will wrongly ask “Does this mean I donít have to go to Mass on Sunday?” Really! How can you think such a thing?

 

Question:
Do I need to do the nine day novena and the chaplet of Divine Mercy on the Feast Day to receive the absolute pardon of all sins and punishment?
Answer:
No, Our Lord asks for Confession and Holy Communion.

 

Question:
What if our priest wants to do more?
Answer:
He is most welcome. Our Lord always invites us to do more. Like what? Well, asking everyone on Good Friday to start saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy along with the Novena to the Divine Mercy, praying the stations of the cross on the Feast day, exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Mercy Sunday (Click on NOVENA for information on completing the Nine Day Novena to the Divine Mercy. Click on CHAPLET for instructions on how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.)

 

Question:
Summing up this question and answer section, what is the message Jesus wants us to hear and act upon?
Answer:
That Jesus is the Divine Mercy and He wants each one of us to hear and be devoted to His mercy. As Jesus said in the Diary #965 and again in #998:

“I desire that My mercy be worshiped, and I am giving mankind the last hope of salvation: That is, recourse to My mercy. My Heart rejoices in this Feast.”

And where can we better receive Jesusí Divine Mercy than in the Confessional and in the Holy Eucharist? This is why the Diary has so many paragraphs that touch on Confession and the Eucharist. Two examples will have to suffice. In #1407 St. Faustina wrote: (After receiving Holy Communion St. Fautina asked our Lord):

“Why was one Host alive, since You are equally alive under each species? The Lord answered me: That is so, I am the same under each of the species, but not every soul receives Me with the same living faith as you do, My daughter, and therefore I cannot act in their souls as I do in yours.

In #1811 Jesus said:

“But I want to tell you that eternal life must begin already here on earth through Holy Communion. Each Holy Communion makes you more capable of communing with God throughout eternity.

Now to make some very important distinctions regarding Saint Faustina and Divine Mercy Sunday:

1) The Diary of Saint Faustina deserves great respect and honor; but it is not inspired; it is not the Bible.

2) St. Faustina is not Divine Mercy, nor is the Divine Mercy St. Faustina. St. Faustina, even though canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, has her own feast day, October 5th of each year, which is the day she died. But then why was she canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday? The answer is obvious. So that Jesus, St. Faustina, and the Late Pope John Paul II could better turn our minds and hearts to Jesus as the Divine Mercy. The best comparison I can think of is that St. Faustina is the steering wheel of a car, (i.e., the Divine Mercy), but Jesus is the sole driver of His Divine Mercy. Consequently, Jesus does ask each of His priests to assist him in bringing souls to His Divine Mercy, especially by preaching on His Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday and taking the time to minister the Sacraments.

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