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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mercy Sunday

This Sunday, March 30th, we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. During the year 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized the Polish nun, Faustina Kowalski, and formally designated Mercy Sunday to be celebrated the Sunday immediately after Easter. John Paul said he had felt a particular closeness to St. Faustina when he was writing his Encyclical Letter on the theme of God's mercy, Dives in Misericordia. In 2005, the Holy Father died on the vigil of Mercy Sunday.

According to the notebooks of St. Faustina, Jesus made the following statements about this day of special devotion:

"On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those 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 grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity." (Diary of Saint Faustina, 699)

We have a number of Divine Mercy resources available here at Pauline Books & Media. The following are just a few suggestions:

Mercy Minutes: Daily Gems to Transform Your Prayer Life
paperback, 450 pages, $12.95

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Sung by Still Waters and Friends, CD, $14.00

Generations Unite in Prayer: The Divine Mercy Chaplet in Song, DVD, $20.00

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