Divine Mercy Sunday

q01Many 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 reading

Mercy and Forgiveness

640px-Pompeo_Batoni_003It feels a little strange to say “happy Friday” in Lent, but today is actually a day to celebrate, at least, celebrate while still keeping the proper spirit of this penitential season.  Friday the 13th need not always have negative connotations.  Today is the second anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, and today marks the beginning of “24 Hours for the Lord,” an initiative of the Pope to encourage everyone to go to confession and encounter the God of Mercy Who seeks to heal our wounds and restore our broken hearts with His grace.  He also announced today that a special Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin Continue reading