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Friday, May 19, 2006


The Feast of Divine Mercy, was revealed between the two 20th century world wars to the Polish saint & nun Sr Faustina (d.1938). Through her it seems that Our Lord asked us to reflect upon the moment of his death (at 3:00 pm) in the light of his resurrection (at Easter) – linking this with an Eastertide celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He requested us to say the ‘Three O’Clock Prayer’:

"You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the world. O Fount of Life and unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and empty yourself upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you".

As Pope John Paul II says in his recently published ‘Personal Reflections’ (“Memory and Identity”, available from – 01937.579730):
“It was as if Christ wanted to reveal (through St Faustina) that the limit imposed upon evil, of which man is both perpetrator and victim, is ultimately Divine Mercy …. Christ crucified and Risen is the supreme revelation of this truth…..‘Evil does not have the last word!’. The Paschal Mystery confirms that good is ultimately victorious; that life conquers death and that love triumphs over hate.”

Our Lord promised to Sr Faustina that those who go to Confession and Communion on this Feast Day (or within the week before or after) will receive, as well as forgiveness, complete remission of the need for purifying pain, the punishment resulting from their sin. He also requires that some time be spent on the day in prayer, adoring his mercy. "The very depths of my mercy will be opened on that day.
I will pour out a sea of graces upon those souls that will approach the fount of my mercy... Let no soul fear to come to me, even if its sins be like scarlet. This feast emerged from the bosom of my mercy and is founded in the depth of my mercies. I desire that it be celebrated with great solemnity on the first Sunday after Easter.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:41 am