This Sunday, April 19, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope St. John Paul II designated this second Sunday of Easter as the day on which to celebrate the Mercy of God through this most wonderful devotion given to us through the Polish nun Sr. Faustina Kowalska.
A couple of years ago I tried to promote this devotion in our parish as a means for us obtain the Mercy of God for the many sins which have offended his most Sacred Heart. We conducted a parish pilgrimage to Shrine of Divine Mercy here in the United States located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Divine Mercy chaplet has been recited before the Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent. I encourage everyone to pray the chaplet in the privacy of their homes, using the image of Divine Mercy on the prayer cards I have given out as a “window” into the merciful love that Jesus wishes to show each and every person. I say the chaplet every day, usually after praying the Rosary (another excellent devotion which I encourage everyone to pray daily).
These days are difficult ones for those of us who are trying to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus by socially distancing ourselves. The isolation that we experience can be oppressive. Being separated from our friends and loved ones leaves us with a sense of sadness and loss. As human beings we are created to be in relationship with others. This is what it means to be created in the image of God, a God who is an eternal union of relationships between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Divine Mercy devotion can lead us into the very heart of the Trinity, for mercy is the Love of God bestowed upon our sinful humanity. We are in need of this mercy, now more than ever. We may be separated from each other, but we must never allow ourselves be separated from God’s Love. This is what keeps us united with each other and with our Church, even as we are unable to receive the great gift of the Eucharist. God’s Love, which is manifested in the Divine Mercy, is what unites us in Him and with each other.
Do not neglect the great gift of prayer, especially the prayer for Divine Mercy, as well as the Rosary, during this time of trial. We are not alone. Our Lord is with us, and through Him, the angels and saints as well. Allow Him to comfort you through prayer and to encourage you in the days and weeks ahead. Please be assured of my prayers for you, and may I ask that you also remember me in yours.
Jesus, I Trust in You.
~ Fr. Frank