The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion
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.
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience, wrote a diary of over 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Below are two passages dictated to St. Faustina by Our Lord.
"I desire that the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday) be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners (...). 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" (Diary, 699).
"My daughter, if I demand through you that people revere My mercy, you should be the first to distinguish yourself by this confidence in My mercy. I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first - by deed, the second - by word, the third - by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works." (Diary, 742)
St. Veronica hosts a Cenacle for Divine Mercy on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm in the Sacristy. What is a Cenacle? Cenacle (from Latin cenaculum), means the "Upper Room", is a room in Jerusalem traditionally held to be the site of The Last Supper. Also, the first apostles gathered with Mary in the Upper Room awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
A Divine Mercy Cenacle is a group who meets for praise, worship, prayer, and discussion on Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the writings of St. Maria Faustina. The revelations given to St. Maria Faustina are excellent for spiritual growth and give a deeper understanding of our merciful Lord.
Please visit http://www.thedivinemercy.org for more information on Divine Mercy or join us at our Cenacle.