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Celebrating Mercy Sunday (05/06/2012)
From: Mary Zimmerman

Winona

I believe once people witness the grace and peace of Mercy Sunday - getting away from the business and clatter of the world to experience the foretaste of heaven for a short time - they will want to come back for more. I ask everyone who may have been inspirationally touched please evangelize this experience and joy to your family and friends. Perhaps with a little coaxing Bishop Quinn will even conduct the service next year.

The world in general doesnít even realize how much it is in need of Godís mercy. We pray for that every time we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We ask God to have mercy on us and the whole world.

On the eve of Mercy Sunday I was not in a very joyful mood. Maybe even a bit crabby. I had just experienced a family-oriented blessed Easter, and a few days later an exciting happy birthday celebration. I realized Iíd become very tired. I suppose we all have our moments. I began to wonder how I was going to be able to function on Mercy Sunday. I began to realize Satan had snuck in the back door and that I was being attacked. Canít you just see Satan wagging his tail with a smirk on his face? I know he just hates me. I assure you the feeling is mutual. I just told him to go back to hell. As I waited for that to happen I just kept thinking this prayer: ďGod help me, I trust in you.Ē Again He came to my rescue. I had five hours of peaceful sleep, got up early and put finishing touches on my preparation for the dayís event. The battle had ceased and God was victorious. I always experience such joy and strength on this special day. ďI can do all things through Him that strengthens me.Ē God heard my cry for help. He looked around heaven and said, ďMary Zimmerman has an accumulation of special graces. Iíll send them to her.Ē Thatís Godís special promise you know! For anyone who spreads the good news of His mercy. I said thank you God but if Iíve earned any more points (graces) for helping prepare for this day, I ask you please share them with all my family. Iíd really like that Lord.

It was edifying to see so many took advantage of confession, seeking Godís mercy and peace that accommodates it, knowing their sins have been washed away in the ocean of Godís mercy. Yet it sometimes seems like confession is somewhat of a misplaced sacrament. John 19-31 Jesus came and stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, ďPeace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.Ē He breathed on them and said to them, ďReceive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.Ē Thus the sacrament of confession was born from the God of mercy.

I want to publicly thank all the priests that came to hear confessions, Father Colletti, who did a wonderful job of conducting the service, and all the people who attended. Godís blessings upon all of you.

Letís all get involved in fighting the evils of this world. Jesus once told St. Faustina, everything you ask will be granted through praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (a prayer Jesus gave to St. Faustina), if itís compatible to my will. And we know Godís will is that all come to know and glorify His mercy on this special day of Mercy Sunday and every day.

Jesus told St. Faustina, go out into the world and spread this message. Now St. Faustina continues to fulfill this mission in heaven and is appointing you and me to this position in todayís world. Wonít you help? Letís fill up the church next year as we celebrate 20 years of Godís greatest attribute - His Divine Mercy - on Mercy Sunday.

My prayer, written on Mercy Sunday: Lord, I have so many requests. Do you have a minute to listen?

I ask you to help me along my road of life. Help me to always pick my words and battles wisely. Never let me use words that hurt, discourage, or cripple anyone, but to give them joy, peace and hope.

I ask you to take my heart and unite it with yours that I may know your will, speak your words, to give hope to the hopeless, love to those who are hurting, guidance to those who are confused. Above all, help me to spread your gospel, that everyone can come to know your love and forgiveness and trust in your bottomless mercy. Today is Mercy Sunday. Let all mankind come to you this day, opening their hearts and homes to receive your love and mercy as I have come to know in a special way.

I thank you for my beautiful children and caring husband. I ask that you continue to open their hearts and minds to receive your love and mercy, to help them to be able to love and forgive one another, that peace and joy may reign in their heart.

Jesus, I trust in you. Amen. 

 

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