Divine Mercy Sunday and Lockdowns
Although your church might be closed, the graces of Divine Mercy Sunday are not. Father Chris Alar explains:
"...one of the most common questions I've been getting during this time of the coronavirus is 'Father, I can't get to Confession, and I can't receive Holy Communion. Am I still able to receive Grace?' And the answer is, if you desire it, YES!!! Why? Because God's Mercy is that great. You know, we hear St. Faustina talk all the time about the unfathomable Mercy of God, so stop trying to fathom it..."
Divine Mercy COVID Q&A
Q. Aren't I supposed to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion to receive the graces of Divine Mercy Sunday? Can I celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday when I truly can't access the sacraments?
A. Yes! You should certainly still celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception (the publishers of the Diary of St. Faustina) encourage the following:
Please remember that the extraordinary grace of Divine Mercy Sunday is available to you on that day by receiving Holy Communion in a state of grace. Consider going to Confession prior to Easter, so as not to overwhelm your local parish on Divine Mercy Sunday.
...[I]f that is not possible, please remember that you can obtain the graces available on this day by receiving Jesus in your heart with great longing and love — also known as making an act of Spiritual Communion. God will give you all the graces you need because of your great trust in Him. God does not abandon anyone. He is especially close to the broken-hearted and those bound by disease, sin, despair, loneliness, or physical handicaps.
Q. What if I'm not Catholic? Can I receive the graces of Divine Mercy Sunday?
A. Don't worry, even if you're not a Baptized Catholic, you are NOT excluded from receiving blessings on this day. Jesus, Himself tell us in the Gospel of John that: "No one who comes to Me shall ever be hungry, no one who believes in Me shall ever thirst. No one who comes will I ever reject." (John 6:35-37)
Non-Catholics are asked to do two things:
1) Sincerely Repent: Humbly confess your sins, trusting in Christ's Mercy and His desire to forgive you.
2) Make an Act of Spiritual Communion: Sincerely express your desire to be One with Jesus—to be in Communion with Him. Do so with the greatest trust you can muster, since Jesus said, "I am making Myself dependent upon your trust: if your trust is great, then My generosity will be without limit." (Diary, 548).
Q. What else can I do during this time of crisis and confusion in the Church and the world?
A. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception are encouraging all people to seal their doorposts as an act of Trust in the protection of God during these, times, just as the Israelites sealed their doorposts with the blood of the lamb so that the Angel of Death would pass over their homes. Their website explains:
In this time of calamity, the Marian Fathers invite you to participate in a simple but incredibly powerful act of faith. To protect you and your family, we urge you to post an Image of the Divine Mercy on your front doors. Father Chris Alar, MIC, explains why: