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).
On this week’s episode of A Good Habit we were joined by Dr. David Delaney, doctor of systematic theology and founder and director of the Mother of the Americas Institute. Since it was the anniversary of St. John Paul II’s funeral, and since this Sunday the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, it was the perfect time to discuss JPII and the importance of the Divine Mercy message, to which he had such deep devotion.
The topic of Divine Mercy is a popular one, and we got lots of emails during the show asking about the Divine Mercy grace and the plenary indulgence the Church has attached to this feast day. Please read this article for an explanation of the difference between the Continue reading →
Hello and happy Thursday to all of you. We hope you’re enjoying your Easter Octave – don’t forget to keep the Easter celebrations going.
Yesterday Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM was on A Good Habit, and he packed a lot of information into the show. You can listen to it here:
As we mentioned, he was on our show last November and we recently re-aired that episode, which you can find on our Show Notes post here, along with the handouts from that show (about the seven capital sins and their corresponding virtues and vices).
“Meet the saint version of you” – the podcast I mentioned from Taylor Marshall can be found here.
Father Wade talked about the definition of sin, which begins in the Catechism with paragraph 1849. You can read it online here.
Sr. Grace Marie told a beautiful story about Pope John Paull II, mercy and a homeless priest, which Dr. Scott Hahn recounted on Mother Angelica’s live show April 25, 2001. The show can be listened to here. The story begins around the 46 minute mark. It’s a beautiful story to hear, especially just a few days before our incredible Pope is declared a saint.
Speaking of the canonization, don’t forget to watch it on EWTN, either live, for the die-hard saint-loving souls out there, or when it re-airs at a more decent hour. It will air live at 2:30am Central time on Sunday morning, and re-air at 6pm Central Sunday evening, and Monday at 10pm. You can also stream it online if EWTN is not available in your area, just go to http://www.ewtn.com
“I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.” (Diary, 299) “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy…It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.” (Diary, 699)
“…Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.” (Diary 300) “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet…Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary, 699)
“When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy.” (Diary, 1602) “The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest it is that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you wold to Me, and I will fill it with My light.” (Diary, 1725) [Confession within 20 days of that Sunday, but one must be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion.]
Today God has opened the floodgates of Mercy for the whole world! Take advantage of this great grace not just by receiving it for yourself, but by showing mercy to others and sharing the message of mercy.