OCEAN OF DIVINE MERCY

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V-Catholic team wishes all  its readers a blessed Feast of Divine Mercy. When  we  go  through the  novena in preparation of the Feast of Divine Mercy, our merciful God is inviting   us to  approach  him and immerse us in his ocean of mercy.

Feast of Divine Mercy  is a feast of  blessings. It is an occasion to earn complete forgiveness of sins and exemption from punishment. Jesus Christ, the Lord of mercy is  waiting for us  with plenty of  heavenly blessings  to those who  observe this feast  in a worthy way.

As we know, the revelations about Divine Mercy  were given to us through  St Faustina. Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment (Diary 300). The soul tat will go to confession and receive Holy Communion on this day will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (Diary 699). I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will  go to confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast  of My mercy (Diary 1109).

Jesus repeats many times that the feast of Divine Mercy brings with it an  opportunity to   get special graces from heaven. He assures us of complete pardon of sins and  remission of  punishments on this blessed occasion. We know that the price of our forgiveness is the  sacrifice  Jesus made in Calvary.  The ransom  he paid for us is  his body and blood and  what saves us from just punishment is the merits of his passion and  crucifixion. Upon him was the punishment that made us whole (Isa 53:5). The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isa 53:6). With these two verses Isaiah explains how Jesus accepted the punishments on our behalf and in return freed us.

The Holy Eucharist is the  remembrance and  celebration of  the passion, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and its importance  need not be more emphasized. Jesus has  told us to worthily receive  Holy Communion as an essential  condition  for  getting indulgence on this feast day. A good confession is a prerequisite for  worthily receiving the Communion where the body, blood, soul and divinity of  Jesus Crist is offered to God the Father. This is the reason  for the Holy Eucharist becoming the  fount of  forgiveness and deliverance. We are  reminded to receive it only after due introspection (1 Cor 11:27) and  a good confession helps us in this  regard.

In the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, we are offering the same body, blood, soul and divinity of  our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ spiritually whereas in     Holy Mass we offer it really.  If our Father in heaven  is pleased in the offering that we make in the Holy Mass, there is no reason  He would not be pleased  when we offer it spiritually also. This is the assurance  Jesus gave us while instituting the  Feast of Divine Mercy and  devotional exercises and prayers associated with it.

The Church has selected the second Sunday of Easter  for the Feast of Divine Mercy for the reason that  it would be celebrated by  those who go through  the Lent and  Paschal mysteries culminating in the   joy of  resurrection. So our preparations for  Easter are in equal measures   preparation for  the Feast of Divine Mercy as well. To those who approach this  feast with due spiritual preparation,  the Holy Catholic Church  opens the  doors of  indulgences.

To earn the plenary indulgence on the Feast of Divine Mercy one must go to a church  and  offer Holy Mass and  receive the Holy Communion in a spirit  that is  completely  detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin. They should also  participate in  prayers held in honor of Divine Mercy. They could include devotions such as Divine Mercy Chaplet and Eucharistic Adoration. They should also fulfill the normal conditions for  indulgence like confession, receiving Holy Communion and  praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.

There is something more  the Feast of  Divine Mercy reminds us.  Those who approach God for mercy should   be ready to show that  mercy to others as well. ‘Be merciful just as your  Father is merciful’ (Lk 6:36). Mercy is a favor; not a privilege. Realizing this, let us approach the seat of mercy, and in turn  act as channels of mercy to others.

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