This Second Sunday of Easter is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. The story of Saint Faustina Kowalska and the revelation given her by our Lord that he desired such a feast for the Church is known far and wide. There are many places on the internet that you can get information about the history and practice of this devotion.
The gift of Divine Mercy is the gift of our salvation from Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. The gift includes the mercy shown to repentant sinners in the Sacrament of Penance. It is the gift of the merciful and loving presence of our Lord and Savior celebrated in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This gift is made known in the varied ministries that God’s People show as we care for others, especially the neediest among us.
As our world remains in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, our fervent prayer for Divine Mercy this day is all the more poignant. Join in prayer at the “Mercy Hour” – 3:00 p.m. – and let us beseech our Lord for His Mercy upon all in our world. Let us pray that His Mercy will endure forever!