What Is Divine Mercy Sunday?
"Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted
complete remission of sins and punishment.”
Divine Mercy Sunday
is April 19, 2020
Churches may be closed, but God's Mercy is not.
In the early 1930’s, Jesus frequently appeared to a young nun named Sister Faustina, giving her messages to share with the whole world. Sister Faustina was nervous about writing down these messages because she didn't think she was worthy, but her priest told her that she must, since the messages were meant for all people.
After her death, her diary was intensely studied and scrutinized by theologians for decades—and the messages contained within it were found to be legitimate. Since her diary's approval, millions of copies have been published in over 20 languages worldwide. You can read the messages, yourself, in "The Diary of Saint Faustina."
What were these messages about? All different things, but the main thing Jesus wanted us to know is that He wants to forgive ALL of our sins. His desire to forgive us is so great that He asked for an entire day to be set apart and dedicated to His Mercy and Forgiveness. He mentioned this "Feast of Mercy" to St. Faustina 14 different times.
Pope John Paul II made Jesus' desire a reality when he established the very first Divine Mercy Sunday in April of 2000. This day has been celebrated every year since, always on the Sunday after Easter.
So why is it such a big deal?
On Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus wants to forgive all of our sins (as He does every day of the year), but on this special day He also wants to remove all of the punishment that we have coming to us because of our sins.
We all know that there are consequences for our bad decisions and sinful actions. On Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus will wipe all of these away. As He told St. Faustina:
"[W]hoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment." (Diary, 300)
"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." (Diary, 699)
"He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are Mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool." (Diary, 723)
So what do we have to do?
To receive these promises, Jesus asked that we receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday, having previously gone to the sacrament of Confession, and having no mortal sins staining our soul. More details about this are outlined below.
But 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:
1) Sincerely Repent: Sincerely 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).
If you're Catholic, Jesus has asked that you:
1) Go to Confession: Divine Mercy Sunday is April 19, 2020, and it's best to go to Confession as close to the date as possible, but going sometime during Lent will suffice. DO NOT let embarrassment of your sins prevent you from going. Priests are in the business of hearing every type of sin imaginable. They will not be surprised by anything you have to tell them.
Forget how to go to Confession? Check out one of these helpful Confession Guides.
2) Be in a State of Grace: If you've gone to Confession during Lent and have since committed a mortal sin (a very serious sin, such as, idolatry, adultery, murder, or slander) you will need to go to Confession again before Divine Mercy Sunday.
3) Receive Holy Communion with the Intention of Obtaining the Promised Grace
If you have trustingly performed the three items above, you will now be granted complete forgiveness of your sins and the punishments due to them. Jesus promised it!
THIS MESSAGE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE ELSE... IT'S FOR YOU
Don't be fooled into thinking that these promises are reserved for "holy" people. This day is SPECIFICALLY FOR SINNERS. Jesus was extremely adamant about it:
"I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners." (Diary, 699)
"Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about my mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask." (Diary, 1146)
"The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy." (Diary, 723)
"My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them..." (Diary, 367)
You can bring this hope to others.
Jesus gave even more promises to those who would help spread this message of Divine Mercy:
"Do whatever is in your power to spread devotion to my Mercy. I will make up for what you lack...Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior."
Please share this message with as many people as you can.
No vaccine, government mandate, or world leader has the solution to this global crisis.
Divine Mercy is the solution.