What Is Divine Mercy Sunday?
"Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted
complete remission of sins and punishment.”
WHERE DID THIS DAY COME FROM?
Throughout the 1930’s, Jesus visited a young nun named Sister Faustina, giving her messages to share with the whole world. She wrote the messages down in her diary, which you can still read today. The messages were primarily about His immense love for mankind, and about how much He wants to forgive us. His desire to forgive us is so great that He wanted to establish a whole Feast Day dedicated to forgiving us. He was adamant about it, speaking about this "Feast of Mercy" fourteen times. In the year 2000, Saint John Paul II made Jesus' desire a reality when he established the first Divine Mercy Sunday. The Vatican, including Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, has enthusiastically approved and promoted the messages found in the diary, and that young nun who compiled the messages is now known as Saint Faustina.
WHY IS IT Such a big deal?
On Divine Mercy Sunday Jesus wants to forgive all of our sins, but He also wants to remove all of the punishment that is due to them. This is different from going to Confession, which only removes the guilt of our sins, not the atoning punishment they deserve. Divine Mercy Sunday offers the chance to have our sins and their punishment completely wiped away, Your soul will be utterly flooded with extraordinary grace and peace, Here's what He promised:
[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)
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO ON DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY?
Jesus made it SO EASY to receive the graces He promised. All you have to do is:
1) Go to Confession
Divine Mercy Sunday is April 28, 2019, and it's good to go to Confession as close to the date as possible, but going sometime during Lent will suffice. PLEASE don't let the nature of your sins hold you back 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.
Can't find a good time to go to Confession? Go to www.masstimes.org and enter your zip code to find all of the Catholic churches near you. Click the "Confession" link at the top of the page and click a specific day of the week to filter by day. Though most parishes offer Confessions on Saturdays, they often do not on Holy Saturday, so you might want to call the parish and double check.
2) Be in a State of Grace
CatholicCulture.org defines "State of Grace" as the "condition of a person who is free from mortal sin and pleasing to God. It is the state of being in God's friendship and the necessary condition of the soul at death in order to attain heaven." If you have gone to Confession sometime during Lent but have since committed venial sins, you're still 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
Then . . . Experience a Newfound Peace in Your Life
If you have lovingly performed the three items above, you will now be granted complete forgiveness of your sins and the punishments due to them. Jesus promised it! Do you have any idea what kind of peace this is going to bring to your life? Just wait.
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)
WHAT IF I'M NOT CATHOLIC?
Christ's Mercy is for everyone. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception explain the best way for a non-Catholic to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday here.
AND THERE'S EVEN MORE...
Though it is one of the most important elements ofJesus' messages to Saint Faustina, the theme of Divine Mercy Sunday only touches the tip of the iceberg. Do yourself a life-changing favor and learn as much as you possibly can about the Divine Mercy messages. You're guaranteed to find the peace you've been craving in your life. Here's a great place to start.
This information about the Divine Mercy message and Divine Mercy Sunday is in keeping with
the norms outlined by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M..
This is the congregation responsible for preserving and promoting the Divine Mercy message.
Their publishing house, Marian Press, is the exclusive publisher of the
Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.