From: Mary Zimmerman
I woke up this morning (Mercy Sunday) with my mind singing “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” We attended the 10:30 a.m. Mass with Bishop Quinn. It was a beautiful day as only he and the Lord could have made it so. Yes, my friend Lynn and I worked hard with God’s grace. We tried to go the extra mile this year educating people about the Divine Mercy devotion by passing out 1,000 Michael Journals (newspapers). Only when the church is full can we feel we’ve gone the full 9 yards. However, there was a good amount of people for the Mercy Sunday celebration. So many went to confession. Describing this sacrament, it’s like going into a little room with Jesus, with a blackboard with all one’s sins clearly stated. Then when Jesus hears the words “I’m sorry” from us, the blackboard is erased and you can start anew. Perhaps we will fall again but every time we go to confession, we gain some graces and Satan loses some of his grip.
Our souls were washed clean with God’s special promise for Mercy Sunday.
I’m always asking God to work with me a little longer yet, scrape a little harder on my scales of sin that I may be a more desirable person to meet Him face to face. Besides, I’d really love to see a few more of my prayers answered, or will that come afterwards? Anyway, my family still needs me yet, don’t they? At least it seems that way, and my grandchildren. I want to get better acquainted with them, encouraging them to seek the joys of heaven versus going the way of the world.
What makes the Divine Mercy message and devotion so special is that it extends all throughout the year. Yes, Mercy Sunday is a special day of grace but God’s mercy is for every day. Through the channels of the Divine Mercy coming to us through Sister Faustina has much to offer. Reading the Diary, Jesus asked Sister Faustina to write down all the messages He gave her. The chaplet, prayed on the rosary beads pleads for mercy on us and the whole world. Who can deny the world is surely in need of mercy? Then the novena starting on Good Friday, ending 9 days later - every day you bring to God a different group of souls. My dear friends, let’s pray this novena all year long. Surely world conditions warrant it.
Jesus told Sister Faustina, first I come as a merciful Savior and then as a just judge. With all the wars and rumors of wars we wonder just how long we have between mercy and justice. Let’s not waste any time in preparing ourselves and the world for God’s second coming.
Then there’s the image. Jesus posed for Sister Faustina and asked that this image be painted with the inscription “Jesus I trust in you.” He also asks that this picture should be in every church and home. I can supply these images for you, also other Divine Mercy material. I also have two 27x40” posters in need of frames, if anyone is willing to make or buy frames. I’d donate them to local churches. I also have a few books left “Struck By Lightning” by Gloria Palo.
Jesus stated “My gaze from this image is like my gaze from the cross (Diary 326). I promise that the soul who venerates this image will not perish.” (Diary 48)
Let us take advantage of the peace and joy this Divine Mercy devotion has to offer amidst the ways of the world. Most of all, it is our road to eternal joy, to meet the God of mercy forever in heaven.
Peace be with you.