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Today is Divine Mercy Sunday!

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Today is Divine Mercy Sunday!

It is based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska, which recommended a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy. In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and, during the ceremony, he declared: It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”.

To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff [John Paul II] himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence, so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit.

To observe the Feast of Mercy well, which is the Sunday after Easter, and to gain a plenary indulgence, we should:

1) Celebrate the Feast on Divine Mercy Sunday,

2) venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy [perform some act or make some gesture of deep religious respect toward it, because it represents our Most Merciful Savior],

3) be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf,

4) place our complete trust in Jesus,

5) have the intention of gaining a plenary indulgence,

6) pray the Divine Mercy novena,

7) detach ourselves from all sin,

8) go to Confession, preferably before the Feast [we may go within 20 days before or after the Feast, according to previously issued norms for plenary indulgences],

9) pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intentions of Pope Francis, and

10) receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast.

The Divine Mercy image is a depiction of Jesus based on a vision that St. Faustina had in 1931. This image shows Jesus raising his right hand in blessing, and pointing with his left hand on his chest from which flow forth two rays: one red and one (pale) white.
The depictions often contains the message “Jesus, I trust in You!” (Polish: Jezu ufam Tobie). The rays streaming out have symbolic meaning: red for the blood of Jesus (which is the Life of Souls), and pale for the water (which justify souls) (from Diary – 299). The whole image is symbolic of charity, forgiveness and love of God, referred to as the “Fountain of Mercy”.

Jesus I trust in You. 

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Jesus I trust in You!

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Jesus I trust in You!

Why are you troubled and confused by the problems that life brings you? Let me care of all your things and they in turn will be better. When you leave them to me, everything is resolved with peace of mind according to my plans.

Do not despair; do not direct agitated prayers to me, as if you want to demand my fulfillment of your desires. Instead of that, close the eyes of your soul and with peace state, “Jesus I trust in You!”

Avoid those concerns that distress you wanting to understand the things that happen to you. Do not ruin my plans by imposing your ideas to me. Allow me to be God, and act freely in your life. Abandon yourself confidently in me. Rest in me and leave your future in my hands. Tell me frequently, “Jesus I trust in You!”

When you say, “Jesus I trust in you”, don’t be like the patient who asks the doctor to cure him, but suggest how to do so. Let me carry you in my divine arms. Don’t be afraid, I love you.

If you think that things worsen or get complicated despite your prayers, remain confident in me. Close the eyes of your soul and continue to say at every moment, “Jesus I trust in You!” I need my hands free to be able to be express my blessings. Do not bind my hands with your useless worries. The devil wants you frustrated, sad, anguished, and to take your peace.

Trust in me, rest in me, abandon yourself to me; I do miracles to the extent that you’ve abandoned yourself to me and according to the faith you have in me. So don’t worry, give me all your anxieties and sleep in peace and tell me always, “Jesus I trust in You!”

And you shall see great miracles, I promise you with all my love,
Jesus