Divine Mercy Sunday reminds us of the great mercy that God wanted to pour out through Jesus. In the Divine Mercy Chaplet, we appeal to God: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” The repetition helps us all to connect with Jesus and His mercy.
The Divine Mercy devotion is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, who wrote a diary recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. God wants us to know that His mercy is greater than even the worst sin. These three ideas can help us remember the message:
Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to pray always – keep our relationship with Him, turn from our sins and ask Him to have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Share His Mercy. God wants us to receive His mercy and share it with others. His mercy flows through us as we extend love and forgiveness to others.
Trust Jesus completely. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy depend upon our trust. The more we trust Jesus, the more we will receive.
In her diary, Sister Faustina writes of a vision of mercy she received : “I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it. Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord’s wounds and I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus.”
Our Lord also tells Saint Faustina that we must put mercy into action. “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 yourself from it” (Diary, 742).
The Lord assures us that He will help us to show mercy to others. “When a soul approaches Me with trust,” He explains, “I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls” (Diary, 1074).
Find information about Divine Mercy, how to pray the Chaplet or joining to pray the chaplet with other parishioners on our website at https://saintraphael.org/faith/divine-mercy-novena/