Spring is here, it is nice to get out, enjoy the nature, soon leaves and flowers will appear on plants, it is beautiful. The same way we are done with winter of Lenten season and celebrated Easter and continue to celebrate. We are in a new spirit of Easter Season. Easter is all about God’s love and mercy. Time to time God revealed his love of mercy to humanity. Ultimately, this revelation through Jesus. God continues to send us the message of mercy though Saints. Especially through our Mother, through her apparitions, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Faustina and St. Pope John Paul II. During the Papacy of St. John Paul II, he announced that it is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on the Second Sunday of Easter, which throughout the Church, will be called 'Divine Mercy Sunday. Now Pope Francis continues to emphasis the message of mercy and teach us.
St. Faustina of Poland is the well-known apostle of Divine Mercy. On the 30th of April, 2000, the Second Sunday of Easter, St. Pope John Paul II celebrated the Eucharist in Saint Peter’s Square and proceeded to the canonization of Blessed Sister Faustina. The St. Faustina invites us by the witness of her life to keep our faith and hope fixed on God, the Father, rich in mercy, who has saved us by the precious blood of His Son. The Lord Jesus assigned St. Faustina three basic tasks during her short life: 1. to pray for souls, entrusting them to God's incomprehensible Mercy; 2. to tell the world about God's generous mercy; 3. to start a new movement in the Church focusing on God's Mercy. “The Lord of Divine Mercy” a drawing of Jesus based on the vision given to St. Faustina, shows Jesus raising his right hand in a gesture of blessing, with his left hand on his chest from which gush forth two rays, one red and one white. The picture contains the message "Jesus, I trust in You". The rays streaming out have symbolic meaning: red for the blood of Jesus, which is the life of souls and white for the water which justifies souls. The whole image is symbolic of the mercy, forgiveness, and love of God. The divine mercy chaplet, the novena starts on Good Friday to Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine Mercy celebration invites us to receive God’s mercy and at the same time to share one another. Our Lord said to St. Faustina, "Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy. I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it"
Pope Francis continues the message of Mercy. During the year of mercy, Pope Francis said in one of his homilies, “Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion.”
Today, five of our children make their First Communion. They prepared by learning and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive First Communion, to experience God’s love and Mercy first time by the reception of the Eucharist. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them, their families and teachers, for their sacrifices and preparation.
Also, our Cluster will celebrate at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. It includes Adoration, Divine Mercy Chaplet and sacrament of reconciliation is available.