Friends of the Rosary:
Today, on this Sunday of Divine Mercy solemnity, we meditate upon the mystery of God’s merciful love.
The Divine Mercy devotion to Jesus Christ emphasizes his infinite love and mercy toward sinners.
In 1931, St. Faustina Kowalska had a vision of Jesus. He appeared before her as the “King of Divine Mercy”, wearing a white garment and with two rays of light shining from his heart. Jesus told Polish nun St. Faustina to paint an image of him as he appeared before her, with these words below: Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus then asked her to have the painting blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and to celebrate that day as the Feast of Mercy. He also asked St. Faustina to serve as an example of God’s mercy for all of mankind.
On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of Saint Faustina, the Vatican decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
In her Diary, St. Faustina, the mystic of the twenty century and apostle of the Divine Mercy, wrote what she heard from Jesus:
“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.”
“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. 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. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”
“Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy.”
“My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice.”
“From all My wounds, like from streams, mercy flows for souls, but the wound in My Heart is the fountain of unfathomable mercy. From this fountain spring all graces for souls. The flames of compassion burn Me. I desire greatly to pour them out upon souls. Speak to the whole world about My mercy.”
Jesus, I Trust In You!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York