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Many Come To Honor The Lord Of Divine Mercy


April 14, 1996 . . . 2:30 PM . . . Queen of Martyrs Church, Evergreen Park, IL. An almost filled church awaits the start of the Prayer Service in honor of the Lord of Divine Mercy, on this first Sunday after Easter. Pope Saint John Paul II announced this inspiring Feast in 1993.

In the opening procession, two men carry a large image of the Lord as He appeared to Sister Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament. Born Helen Kowalska in a suburb of Krakow, Poland, she entered Our Lady of Mercy Religious Order. Sickly, with little education, at the age of 20 she threw herself into the little tasks around the convent, doing all, with great love for her Lord.

In 1933, the Lord began a long series of visits to His humble servant, ending only at her death in 1938. “Be a messenger of My Mercy to the world.” “Mercy” means more than just “forgiveness”. It includes all ways of showing love to others: kindness, gentleness, patience, healing, and encouragement. In the Presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, the people assembled in Queen of Martyrs Church offered prayers to the Lord of Divine Mercy . . . a peaceful, prayerful time.

As the speaker for this occasion, I used the ABC schema made up by Saint Faustina, for fostering love for the Christ of Divine Mercy:             A – Ask for mercy (love) from Christ             B – Be merciful (a loving person)             C – Completely trust in the Lord

 

Truth tells us that the Lord’s Love for each one remains always the same, whether we are saints or sinners. When I sin in a serious way, Christ doesn’t turn His back on me or scowl at my behavior. His care and love continues to envelope me. However, by my sin, I cripple myself in my ability to return love to the Lord. My eyes grow dim and hinder me from seeing His Presence in my life . . . my ears lose their sharp sense of hearing God’s messages to me . . . my heart turns stony with a consequent inability to love back.

A friend of mine, Father Michael Hollings (RIP, 1921-1997) used to say, “We come from God’s Hands as His loving creation, His daughters and sons. His love follows us wherever we go.” Today, on the Feast of Divine Mercy, ask our Loving Lord for His Mercy, show kindness and love to all you meet, and completely trust that He is with us even in our darkest moments.

          Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 24, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Thank you Fr. George! Sooo very important for the entire world to celebrate “Divine Mercy Sunday.” He chose St. Faustina, to remind the world of His Merciful Love, her Diary provides such insight. Thank you for all you do for us. Blessings, Love & Gratitude, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | April 24, 2017 | Reply

  2. Thank you Dear Father.

    Comment by Matt Marich | April 24, 2017 | Reply


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