Letter from the pastor
Dearest Friends in Christ,
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday! The choice of the first Sunday after Easter for the Feast of Mercy has a very deep theological significance, which points to the close relationship between the Paschal Mystery of Redemption and the mystery of the Divine Mercy.
The message of Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the private revelations she received about God's mercy.
In this diary, St. Faustina shared these words from Christ: "...I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon the souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy.” Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet...." (Diary 699)
In light of this, “Where is the foolish person who would think it in his power to commit a sin more than God could forgive?” (St. Francis de Sales) For this day is a day for spending time to learn more about the mercy of God, learning to trust in Jesus, and living your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you. It is a day reminding us that if we are still clinging to any of our sins or too prideful to confess them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation that His mercy is like the depths of the ocean and that we ought to always trust in Him, who has instituted such a vessel of forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. Trust in His Mercy and Love!
Pax et bonum,
Fr. Justin R. Ferguson