How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
The Miracle of Mercy, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Part 1
Did you know that the priest's sole function is to make us holy?
All are called to participate in the same divine beatitude which means blessing. We must become blessers. This image of The Divine Mercy is to let us see who we are supposed to be. We must become holy. We are blessed by God so that we can become holy. That's all He lives. That is His essence. He is a blesser and He wants us to share in His life and be blessers.
Saint Faustina's mission in heaven is to share the great news of Divine Mercy with souls that are in misery
“I feel certain that my mission will not come to an end upon my death, but will begin. O doubting souls, I will draw aside for you the veils of heaven to convince you of God's goodness, so that you will no longer continue to wound with your distrust the sweetest heart of Jesus. God is love and mercy.” (Diary 281)
So, how can we live this merciful way?
In our misery, we must plunge into the infinite ocean of God's mercy with complete trust in Jesus. When doubts assail me, I can pray unceasingly, “Jesus, I Trust in You!” I can decide to nestle close to the merciful heart of Jesus. (Diary 1726)
Our Lord Speaks:
“I am love and mercy itself” ( Diary 1074)...“Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be as scarlet” (Diary 699)... “My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world” (Diary 1485)... “Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul” (Diary 1777)... “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my mercy.” (Diary 723).
God is trying to tell us that we are wounded by sin and He wants us to be healed. He wants us to put trust in Him.
The Miracle of Mercy, the Sacrament of Reconciliation
When we sin, we start pulling away from grace. First with venial sins, we slowly move away from our Baptismal promise, and then mortal sins put a total separation, a wall between us and our Redeemer. We start to tell the Lord, “It's my will now, not yours.” But, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we renew our Baptismal vows. We once again proclaim Christ, Lord of our Life and not Satan. We open up the door we closed on Him and tell Him we would like a personal relationship with Him.
“‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’” (John 20: 22-23)
When Jesus died on the cross, He forgave all our sins. When we are baptized, we are baptized into Christ and cleansed white as snow. We accept His mercy and cast all of our sins on Him, but through life we fail and we sin again. We become doubting souls and we doubt His merciful cross. We doubt that He took our sins away. Priests confirm this to us in the confessional with the words of absolution. God lives as I said before in the eternal now, these graces from His cross are being blasted back and forth in time. In the confessional you may see the priest, but it is actually Christ offering His cross to us and letting us know again and again that we are forgiven, for He took our sins away. But, we become doubting souls, we must be with Jesus so we can hear His words, “I absolve you from all of your sins,” which come through the priest's mouth.
Our Lord's Words to Faustina
Our Lord Speaks:
“When you go to Confession, to this fountain of mercy, the blood and water which came forth from My heart always flows down upon your soul (Diary 1602)... In the tribunal of mercy [The Sacrament of Reconciliation]... the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated (Diary 1448)... Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy (Diary 1602)... Come with faith to the feet of My representative (Diary 1448)... I, Myself, am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest... I, Myself, act in your soul (Diary 1602)... Make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest it is that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light” (Diary 1725).
Our Lord Speaks:
“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... From this fountain of mercy, souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity” (Diary 1448).
By showing the importance of confession Our Lord made it necessary for obtaining His promise of complete forgiveness of sins and punishment for observing the Feast of Mercy.
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