Sunday, April 3, 2016

Jesus I Trust in You

Eternal God, 
in whom mercy is endless, 
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, 
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, 
that in difficult moments, 
we might not despair nor become despondent, 
but with great confidence, 
submit ourselves to Your holy will, 
which is Love and Mercy itself.  

(Closing Prayer of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy)

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His Holiness Pope Francis led a prayer vigil in Saint Peter’s Square on the on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday 2016 which coincided with the 11th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s death on April 2, 2005.

In remarks prepared for the occasion, our Holy Father reflected on the ‘vast ocean’ that is the mercy of God, saying “so great and infinite is his mercy, to the point that it is greatly challenging to describe it in all its entirety”.

“How many expressions there are of God’s mercy! This mercy comes to us as closeness and tenderness, and because of this, comes also as compassion and solidarity, as consolation and forgiveness. The more we receive, the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves. It is something which burns within our hearts, driving us to love, thus recognizing the face of Jesus Christ, above all in those who are most distant, weak, alone, confused and marginalized.”

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I have always had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  During this Jubilee of Mercy I have found myself drawn also to the complementary Divine Mercy devotion.  Thanks to the advice of a special priest confessor I have been praying the Chaplet each day, sometimes asking for mercy for myself or for another person specifically by name.  It is quite powerful and it truly helps me to experience Christ's peace.

The message of Divine Mercy is simple, beautiful and profound:  Trust in Jesus who said to Saint Faustina, "I  am Love and Mercy itself.  When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls."  When we experience Christ's choicest blessings we feel compelled to share them with others.

May you experience the mercy, love and peace of our Risen Lord!


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