This booklet from bestselling author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC (Consoling the Heart of Jesus and 33 Days to Morning Glory), gives you a brief and easy-to-understand in... Read more
A Clean Slate on Divine Mercy Sunday
A heart on fire with the love of God is a heart in the state of grace. And what's the best way to be cleansed of all sin and punishment? Taking advantage of the extraordinary graces of Divine Mercy Sunday, which the Church marks as a universal feast day on the Second Sunday after Easter, also known as the Octave of Easter. This year, Divine Mercy Sunday falls on April 12.
Jesus told St. Faustina:
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 (Diary, 699).
So set your hearts on fire with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Go to Confession on or before Divine Mercy Sunday; receive Holy Communion either on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday or on Divine Mercy Sunday itself; and receive some of the most extraordinary graces God has ever promised us.
To learn more about the Divine Mercy message and devotion, visit here. To learn more about this great feast, see here. To see how the Divine Mercy Sunday grace differs from a plenary indulgence (though you can receive a plenary indulgence as well on Divine Mercy Sunday!), see here.