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Monday, April 16, 2012
OCTAVE DAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy Sunday) 15TH APRIL 2012
The Feast of Divine Mercy
The Church has always taught about God’s mercy, but it was only in the year 2000, during the canonisation Mass of St Faustina, that Pope John Paul II declared that the Sunday after Easter should be kept as the Feast of Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul II made two very important statements about mercy. First, he wrote, "Mercy is love's second name." Secondly, he taught that mercy is "the greatest attribute of God."

1) Mercy is Love's Second Name… Love can be defined as a sharing and giving of oneself to another; a selfless seeking of the good of another. So mercy flows from our love of neighbour. Mercy is not love itself but the practical expression of that love. Although playing games with one's children, or enjoying and sharing conjugal love with one's spouse, or singing the praises of the Lord at Mass would be considered acts of "love" we would not call them acts of "mercy." On the other hand, giving bread to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, clothes to the naked, and shelter to the homeless—or indeed bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the lost and the broken—these are all acts of merciful love: love stooping down to lift people out of their physical and spiritual miseries.

2) Mercy is the Greatest Attribute of God... Saint Thomas Aquinas defined mercy as "the compassion in our hearts for another person's misery, a compassion which drives us to do what we can to help him." Divine Mercy, therefore, is the form that God's eternal love takes when He reaches out to us in the midst of our need and our brokenness. Whatever our need or misery might be — sin, guilt, suffering, or death — He is always ready to pour out his merciful, compassionate love for us, to help in time of need.

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

Deacon Michael

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:17 am