I just prayed this tonight, and it was so beautiful, it’s definitely a must share. It was a part of the EWTN at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy at Stockbridge, Mass (https://www.thedivinemercy.org/):
Wow, I never pictured myself the bride walking towards Jesus (the groom) in the Holy Eucharist. I will forever have this imagine in my mind when I attend mass. Father Chris’ homily today is truly God speaking to me (and you) today!
God’s Divine Mercy Sunday completes the Easter Octave, and it’s His gift for all of us – to come before Him and to say – Jesus, I am sorry for my sins. I ask for your grace of forgiveness.
Father Chris’ homily is enlightening and inspirational. It is much needed spiritual nourishment for my soul. He explains clearly the meaning of God’s Divine Mercy, and the church (me and each of us) the bride:
I often tune into discussions on the Catholic Faith. There are many topics that peek my interest. Very often they stem from an interest in the theological as well as an ontological application in my own faith walk.
How do we lead a “holy” life? My spiritual director once said, “We are all saints in the making.” “Really?” I remember saying as I look at the many sins within my own life. So often just when I think I have overcome a sin, I sin again. To truly love God is to look within myself with honesty. It is also about giving myself into God’s hands, and, know that I cannot lead a “holy” life without His grace and strength.
The following discussion with Father Altman and John Henry Westen focuses on exactly that – God’s Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina:
Father Altman is one of those priest who is not afraid of speaking the truth, especially against those in the church who take a wobbly stance on church teachings that have been dosed with leftist ideology, gender politics, and “isms” in general.
Staying on course and walking with Jesus is not an easy one, and a daily examination of conscience for me is one of the most important process I personally go through. It is can be ugly, it can pierce at my own perception of myself, revealing to me God’s truth. It can also be joyous, when I feel the Holy Spirit working in me.
It is a solemn meditation and a special time for each of us to focus and celebrate God’s Divine Mercy. In the readings of the 2 day of the Easter Octave, the Gospel (Matthew 28:8-15) amplifies God’s Divine Mercy – that no matter how dubious or dark our past may be, we have been given the gift of Christ’s blood – and – forgiven. Our sinful stains washed away so that we may begin a new life in Christ. Alleluia!
When we imagine ourselves in front of the tomb, scared yet anxious, and then perplexed when we see the rock that sealed the tomb gone, we run in. Where is Christ’s body? The body of Jesus is gone.
I think of myself – a sinner – given the grace to stand in the empty tomb making this discovery. The first thing I do is run and look to tell others, but I am stopped when I see Jesus walking towards me. He tells me not to be afraid. I see the wounds still raw in his hands and feet. I am astounded and joyous. Jesus tells me to tell his disciples to meet Him in Galilee. I run to claim the good news. Jesus has risen!
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Step 1 – Using a regular set of Rosary beads, you begin at the cross by doing the sign of the cross.
(Optional Opening Prayer) You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
Step 2 – On the three beads of the rosary pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostles Creed.
Step 3 – You begin each decade with the Our Father beads by praying this prayer:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
Step 4 – Complete the decade on the 10 Hail Mary beads by praying this prayer:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each decade on the rosary beads
Step 5 – Once you have prayed all 5 decades, you finish the Chaplet by praying the following prayer 3 times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Optional Closing Prayer) Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. 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 are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. 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 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.” (From the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 699)
Divine Mercy Sunday is a gift from my loving God.
Your Divine Mercy gives us all an opportunity for repentance.
I have linked a video below from Rosary Confraternity Sunday that was aired today. The speaker is Father Chris from the Marian Fathers at The Divine Mercy . His short talk is an important one in understanding what Divine Mercy Sunday is:
God Bless all of you, and may you watch and ask for God’s Divine Mercy 💖