A Matter of Faith: Lent through Mercy Sunday


From: Mary Zimmerman

Another Lent here again! Time waits for no one. Really, what is Lent?

Mr. Webster says this: “A 40-day period of penitence and fasting.” I’ll add prayer and alms giving as well; don’t forget faith without works is dead … feed the hungry.

Lent is a time to dwell on doing penance for the wrong we have done, while prayerfully crying out, “Lord, have mercy on me, a poor sinner.” As Catholics, we are asked to give up eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent; we can eat meat on the other Fridays but then we are to do another penance of some kind. I wonder how many of our younger generation even know about that!

Then comes Good Friday, a day to dwell on what all Jesus has done for mankind. The sorrowful mysteries of the rosary give us a good explanation and understanding of how much Jesus really suffered. The agony in the garden, just thinking that the time had come to suffer and die to redeem mankind, and open up the gates of Heaven, gave Jesus much pain, more than once he asked God the Father if there was any other way. But not My will, but Yours, will be done.

The scourging, we can’t even imagine the whipping and beatings, Jesus became almost unrecognizable, but he continued on.

The crowning of thorns, imagine if you can, the pain that caused.

The carrying of the Cross, Jesus become so weak, so Simon was asked to carry the Cross so as to make sure Jesus would live long enough to suffer and die upon the Cross.

The Crucifixion — just imagine this was the climax of all the pain put together, dying shamefully upon a Cross. Among other words he spoke from the Cross was asking his Heavenly Father to forgive his murderers; they don’t know what they are doing, but we know Jesus’ grave didn’t hold him captive; in three days he rose again as he said he would, on Easter Sunday.

Well, if that wasn’t enough, he knew some of mankind was aimlessly living the life of the world, thus came about the Divine Mercy devotion. God picked a holy soul to confide this great news of God’s unfathomable Mercy, Sister Faustina. Thus came about Mercy Sunday, always the Sunday after Easter. Jesus’ words, the soul that will go to confession sometimes during Lent and receive communion on that day shall obtain complete forgiveness of sin and punishment.

The Chaplet: the souls that will say this Chaplet will be embraced by my mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.

The Image: Jesus says I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces, it is the Image of Divine Mercy — “Jesus I trust in you.” Every home and church should be decorated with this Image, a crucifix as well.

Then there is the Novena and the three o’clock hour; these elements are taken from the Diary of Sister Faustina, which Jesus told her to write. Let me just add this. Jesus says the grace of my Mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only and that is trust; the more a soul trusts, the more it will receive, (Diary 1578).

Hope to see you at Mercy Sunday!


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