Reeson’s Ramblings :: April 8, 2018
Today, the Second Sunday of Easter, is known as Divine Mercy Sunday – but what does this mean? In the early 1900s, Jesus appeared in a series of visions to a Polish nun by the name of Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska, today known as St. Faustina. Jesus’ main message was about Divine Mercy.
Fr. Michael Gaitley explains the amazing concept of Divine Mercy, where “God’s love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin . . . It’s always the Lord stepping out in compassion to help us poor, weak, and broken sinners… every good we receive is an expression of Divine Mercy.”*
There are so many ways to learn more about how Divine Mercy is at work in our lives! We are hosting a “Divine Mercy Sundae” event for kids in the Social Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8th.
There are also countless videos, articles, and talks on Formed.org that relate to Divine Mercy, including Divine Mercy 101, The 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy, and Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told. If you’ve never used Formed before, it’s very simple.
Go to www.formed.org and use our parish code VPVKJ8 to register. From there, you can browse the content, or you can search for specific titles. Formed has an incredible amount of interesting and informative material – it’s basically a Catholic Netflix!
There’s even a section for children that has some great videos and teaching tools. I encourage everyone to sign up and make good use of this valuable resource, which has been provided to us free of charge because of a generous donation from one of our parishioners!
Finally, consider praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It’s a short, simple prayer that only takes about 5 minutes, but it’s powerful! The graphic below shows how, using a standard rosary to keep track.
Say the Our Father
Say the Hail Mary
Say the Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
FIRST through FIFTH DECADE:
Say on “Our Father” bead:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
Say on each “Hail Mary” bead:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Say 3 times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
OPTIONAL CLOSING PRAYERS:
O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, 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.
Make the Sign + of the Cross
This ends the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
*For more, I suggest that you read Fr.
Gaitley’s book, Divine Mercy Explained.