Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday. The Feast of Divine Mercy, celebrated on the Octave of Easter is a relatively new addition to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. Celebrating the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ, as revealed by Christ Himself to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, this feast was extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, the day that he canonized Saint Faustina.

Divine Mercy Sunday May 1, 2011 as well as the Beatification of Pope John Paul II. This day has special meaning not only because John Paul II died on the Vigil of the Feast or that he canonized Sr. Faustina Kowalska, the secretary of Divine Mercy, but because the message of Divine Mercy was the theme that characterized his pontificate. In his encyclical on Divine Mercy, John Paul II said, "The Message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me… which I took with me to the See of Peter ..."

Sister Faustina reported having seen Christ in Purgatory, having seen and spoken to Jesus and Mary several times. She wrote that Jesus revealed to her, her purpose: to spread the devotion of the Mercy of God. In Płock on February 22, 1931, she said that Jesus appeared as the 'King of Divine Mercy', wearing a white garment. His right hand was raised in a sign of blessing and the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment emanated two large rays, one red, the other white. Acting upon orders she said she received from Christ, Faustina had a picture of this vision painted. With the help of her confessor Father Michał Sopoćko, she distributed the images at Kraków and Vilnius (Wilno), and people began to pray before them.

Faustina kept a diary, despite her limited education. The diary was later published under the title Divine Mercy in My Soul: The Diary of St. Faustina.

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