Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness. This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential. This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf. Jn 20:21-23).
-Pope Francis, homily for first vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, 2015
Happy Divine Mercy Sunday, everyone! This is a day of great grace for the world, because the graces of forgiveness and love, which poured from our Savior’s wounds on the Cross, continue to pour out upon all mankind.
Yesterday evening, the vigil of the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis issued the Papal Bull proclaiming the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
You can read the entire text of the Papal Bull here.
Our own Mother Angelica was always a great promoter of the Divine Mercy devotion, as well as the extraordinary grace that God gives us on this day, and she never missed an opportunity to spread the message of Divine Mercy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a video from one of her live shows about it, but we did find this episode of Sunday Night Prime, with Fr. Benedict Groeschel interviewing Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC about the Divine Mercy message.
If you’re unable to attend any of the Divine Mercy events in your diocese please join in with the thousands of pilgrims who have travelled to Stockbridge, MA to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy. At 3pm central a Holy Hour for Mercy will be broadcast live from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, followed by Mass from Stockbridge. You can tune in to EWTN to watch it live, or stream it on your computer.