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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Divine Mercy Sunday and the Cross

I truly hope and pray that you will take a moment to reflect on God's message for the second Sunday of Easter. Many parishes will be offering celebrations, along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To find a location in Minnesota near you, click here (scroll down to find the list) or here.

Abbey-Roads offers an alternative if your unable to attend in person.

Thumbing through various publications and books I have concerning Divine Mercy, I came across Pope Benedict XVI's address to the sick and suffering May 27, 2006 at the International Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, Poland. I find it to be particularly comforting and insightful: 

“On this occasion we encounter two mysteries: the mystery of human suffering and the mystery of Divine Mercy. At first sight these two mysteries seemed to be opposed to one another. But when we study them more deeply in the light of faith, we find that they are placed in reciprocal harmony through the mystery of the Cross of Christ. As Pope John Paul II said in this place: ‘The Cross is the most profound bowing down of the Divinity towards man… the Cross is like a touch of eternal love on the most painful wounds of humanity’s earthly existence (August 17th, 2002). Dear friends who are sick, who are marked by suffering in body or soul, you are most closely united to the Cross of Christ, and at the same time, you are the most eloquent witness of God’s mercy. Through you and through your suffering, he bows down toward humanity with love. You who say in silence: ‘Jesus I trust in you’,  teach us that there is no faith more profound, no hope more alive and no love more ardent than the faith, hope, and love of a person who in the midst of suffering places himself securely in God’s hands.” - Pope Benedict's Divine Mercy Mandate

May the Divine Mercy message continue to resonate throughout the world!

Danielle Rose sings "If I Touch Him" from the album I Thirst.

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.

Luke 18: 35-42.

The 1994 Polish film Faustina (with English subtitles).

Divine Mercy Resources: 

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