How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

The Good Thief Experiences Divine Mercy

Jesus and John

The good thief experiences Divine Mercy

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you. Today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23: 39-43)

Three conditions and this man received eternal life.

A) He communed directly with Christ, as we do in the Blessed Sacrament. Each time we receive the Eucharist, we commune with our Savior.

B) He was repentant. He was sorry for his sins (and chances are he probably was a thief and a murderer.)

C) He put trust in the Lord and looked upon His wounds. This man was probably alive to see the blood and water come from the side of Our Lord, which we see in the Divine Mercy image. Are you starting to understand this parallel between the criminal and us and the Feast of Mercy?

What are the conditions of Plenary Indulgence for the Feast of Mercy?

1) Confession. Repent of all sins a total conversion of heart to be truly sorry for our sins. To have our wounds healed by Our Lord hidden by the priest in the confessional (during Lent or the Feast of Mercy) with expecting to receive the gift of Divine Mercy Sunday.

2) Receiving the Eucharist on the Feast of Mercy. Knowing He is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity. Knowing He is our God, just like the good thief on the cross knew it. Pray for the intentions of our Pope and have a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin. Take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!Ē) Refer to back page for full explanation.

What is Our Lordís promise?

Our Lord Speaks:

“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life (Confession) on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (Diary 699)

Why are some priests ignoring the Feast of Mercy?

To some priests itís just another devotional, but we are invited to take part in the prayers and devotions by our Lord. The Sacraments are the key and thatís what Our Lord demands of us to receive these graces. Communion, Confession, and Trust.

Would Our Lord give us and the priest an impossible task?

No. He wants the Feast of Mercy to be as easy as the good thief on the cross. This idea that you have to go to confession the same day or eight days before is an impossible task. With our shortage of priests, Our Lord would not demand this the same day. You have a time period of about 20 days before or after to go to confession, but remember, on the day of the Feast, you must be in a state of grace. If not, then go to Confession on the Feast of Mercy. I invite all priests to be open to having confessions on the Feast of Mercy.

Our Lord Speaks:

“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 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.” (Diary 699)

Let us remember that the Chaplet, Novena, and Image, are secondary to receiving the graces from Divine Mercy. The two conditions are Confession and Communion, but our Lord invites us to do more and His church recognizes this.

Our Lord Speaks:

“I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it... Even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.” (Diary 742).

Yes, The Feast of Mercy is a total cleansing, but once the heart is healed and we take on a new life with Christ, we show Christ our love by works of mercy and charity for our neighbors.

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