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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Our Lord appeared to St Faustina to promote a devotion to the mercy of God.  The image shows red and white rays of light pouring from His heart which reminds us of the blood and water that poured from His side when He was pierced on the cross.  The light represents His love and mercy for us.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, instituted by St John Paul II, we look to our Lord who loves us and wants us to know His mercy.  The chaplet of Divine Mercy is an easy devotion to pray utilizing rosary beads on which we pray: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” That is said for the Hail Mary beads while on the Lord’s Prayer beads you pray: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”  Beginning the devotion with an Our Father, Hail Mary and Apostle’s Creed, you have the basics of how to pray the chaplet.

The devotional image usually includes a phrase at the bottom:  Jesus, I trust in You.  I encourage you to reflect on those words; they help to secure a peace in your heart – the Lord’s peace, which only He can give.  If we can just put our trust in Him, it will help us alleviate the burden of our worries and fears.  More than once in Scripture Jesus assures us that the burden of life is light, not heavy, when we let Him help shoulder the load.  Jesus, I trust in You.