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Thank God for Divine Mercy.

imagesCAO9DBVZAs the Octave of Easter approaches we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s got to be one of the most beautiful gifts God has given His people. I have a special soft spot for it, not just because I need it, but also Ronan was baptised on Divine Mercy Sunday on the morning after the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II. I think it is fair to suggest that Blessed Pope John Paul II is the “spark to come out of Poland to ignite the whole world and prepare it for my second coming.”

All we have to do is ask and He pours out His mercy for us. It’s there, and He has to keep asking us to accept it. That’s a bit embarrassing really.

If we reject mercy, then we face judgement, Jesus warns as He has done so through Scripture and the Traditions of the Church. When we are faced with the invitation to accept all the mercy He has on offer, it seems to so simple, but in fact it can be quite difficult. First, we have to admit we need mercy. That’s not all that easy, it seems to me. After all, today we tend to think of people as generally “nice” and nice people are good, we think. Even if you’ve decided to go your own way in life and choose even grave evil then it doesn’t matter so long as you’re nice.  People who consider themselves nice won’t be looking for mercy. We have to accept, painfully, that perhaps we aren’t all that nice sometimes; or even often.

If you are wondering whether you need mercy, why not try reading some lives of the saints; all of whom threw themselves on God’s mercy.

Some quotes from St. Faustina’s Diary

Divine Mercy and the beatification of John Paul the Great

In the evening of the 2nd April 2005 we watched the TV, where all cameras were pointed to that little lighted window where Pope John Paul II was taking his last breaths. It was a Saturday dedicated the the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and as the sun set the end of one day and the beginning of the next began so that the Pope died on the cusp or overlap of the say of the Immaculate Heart and of the Divine Mercy.

In our house we were putting the final touches to a cake and packing food and other stuff ready for Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday when my daughter Avila would be baptised.

Today Pope John Paull II will be breatified and become Blessed Pope John Paul II. He has been a part of our family Litany of saints for a while, so it is a special day for us to see him beatified.

Pope John Paul II understood the desperate need in the world for the Divine Mercy. His prayer and work (ora et labora) brought about the collapse in unbloody hope of Communism in Russia and the wall of Berlin. He supported the work of those seeking true freedom in his homeland of Poland, and so it was not so surprising that he showed such devotion of the life of a fellow Pole, St Faustina.

One of the things Jesus said to St. Faustina, “Out of Poland will come the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.” Most people believe this prophecy was fulfilled in the pontificate of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

This pope was also inextricably linked with the Immaculate Heart of Mary who asked for repentence and penance at Fatima. She promised that the war that persently raged (WW 1) would end, but that if people did not amend their lives that Russia would spread her errors and there would be another war.

Sadly people ignored the call to repentence and Russia did spread her errors, murdering millions upon millions of Catholics, Orthodox and other Christians. the Second World War arrived just as fortold.

It was in the midst of this time of darkness that Jesus and His Blessed Mother came to Sr. Faustina in her convent in Poland and asked that His Divine Mercy message be told to the world. We are invited, Christ begs us in fact, to turn to His Divine Mercy and be washed in the living streams of Blood and Water that flow from His Sacred Heart. He warns that those who refuse to receive Mercy, will receive justice.

There is nothing new, in the call to God’s Mercy, of course. It is clearly there in Scripture and in Christ and His Mother’s words to so many great saints, including my own beloved St Bridget of Sweden, over the centries.

We all need mercy. It is a terrible thing to refuse it.

DIVINE MERCY IN MY SOUL English translation (opens pdf)

Feast of Divine Mercy.

Our Church Easter scene with the red and blue of Divine Mercy.

This has got to be one of my favourite feasts. I read the Diary of St Faustina for Lent a few years ago and found it an amazing and deep insight into, not just her life, but the love and mercy Christ wants to pour out on us, if only we would ask Him. Of course He warns that those who refuse mercy will get justice. I think most us recognise we would much rather have mercy-we need it.

UPDATE

Must add here that Sister Mary Martha explains the Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy in the way only she can.  Go ask her about it 😉

Divine Mercy, kindness of others and how home educaters share.

divinemercyHappy Feast of Divine Mercy to you all.

I was struck by a few things in the readings today, not least the fact that as today we concentrate on the words “Jesus I Trust In You” we have the story of Thomas saying he wont believe Jesus has risen until he sees and touches the Lord for himself.

Everyone loves St. Thomas don’t they? He is so like the rest of us.  I guess I have known God too long now to ever stop believing in Him; but there are still times when I wish things were a little more concrete-where I would be happier to believe if I could put my hands on it or see it better.

The other readings were about how the early Church took good care of one another, sharing resources and then the next reading was essentially  saying if you love God you will love the children He gives you and so they will be taken care of.

Sharing in church and home ed.

I think people think families and communities-even Christian ones-don’t bother with all that any more; but yet again this Easter a kind person in church handed us a card with a lot of money enclosed. She isn’t wealthy. She has a large family-grown up- of her own and knows the challenges of bringing up children especially these days. Thanks to this lady we have enough money for the seeds, big basket things and compost we need to grow some veg.

The bloomin’ Review keeps leading to questions of what the Government and LAs should be doing to monitor us and as they want to interfere what financial support we want in return. Most home educaters say “NONE THANKS!” because Government money always comes with nasty strings attached.

But the temptation to take back our money from the Government is muted by the way home education and Church communities work.  WE SHARE. I know I go on about this sometimes, but I think it’s very important. The early Church knew the only way they would ensure widows, slaves and other poorer families survived financially was if those who had more than they needed sold some of it and helped the others out. A lot of it was because the Christians needed to get out of Jerusalem before Jesus’ prophecy came to pass, and of course by 70AD there was hardly a Chrisitan to be found- but there was a sense of ‘we’re all in this together’ that ensured no one was left to struggle alone.

The help we have received from people at church; money, clothes, and offers of help when I was particularly ill have been wonderful. Why hand over your hard earned money to fake charities like the NSPCC when you could help a family in the pew behind?

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Jesus said “My Heart rejoices on account of this feast.” (D998) He also said “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy” (D1109).“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (D300).

“The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (D699).
Our dauhter Avila was baptised on the Feast of Divine Mercy, the 3rd April- the morning after John Paul the Great died. It was the effort of that holy pope that gave us this wonderful feast day, an act of gratutitous generosity  from the Lord.

Jesus died for us and at the last moment St Longinus pierced Him with the spear and St John sae blood and water come from the heart wound. This blood and water pours out from the Sared Heart offering us Mercy and Forgiveness. TAKE THE GIFT!

Jesus told St Faustina that after the time of Mercy would come judgement.  Don’t wait for judgement-take Mercy.

I could write a huge amount on this-and perhaps when I get the time I will.