3 days till canonization: Divine Mercy


Did you know?
Pope John Paul II established Divine Mercy Sunday on the day of St. Faustina’s canonization. He repeated the message of Divine Mercy throughout his pontificate, the urgency in spreading this message was evident. He said that Divine Mercy was the answer to the world’s problems and was the message of the third millennium.
Christ pours out this mercy on humanity though the sending of the Spirit who, in the Trinity, is the Person-Love. And is not mercy love’s “second name” (cf. Dives in misericordia, n. 7), understood in its deepest and most tender aspect, in its ability to take upon itself the burden of any need and, especially, in its immense capacity for forgiveness?

…It is this love which must inspire humanity today, if it is to face the crisis of the meaning of life, the challenges of the most diverse needs and, especially, the duty to defend the dignity of every human person. Thus the message of divine mercy is also implicitly a message about the value of every human being. Each person is precious in God’s eyes; Christ gave his life for each one; to everyone the Father gives his Spirit and offers intimacy.

Pope John Paul II (Mass for the Canonization of Sr. Mary Faustina Kowalska)

No one has experienced, to the same degree as the Mother of the crucified One, the mystery of the cross, the overwhelming encounter of divine transcendent justice with love: that “kiss” given by mercy to justice. No one has received into his heart, as much as Mary did, that mystery, that truly divine dimension of the redemption effected on Calvary by means of the death of the Son, together with the sacrifice of her maternal heart, together with her definitive “fiat.”

Mary, then, is the one who has the deepest knowledge of the mystery of God’s mercy. She knows its price, she knows how great it is.

Pope John Paul II (Dives in Misericordia)

In his second encyclical, Pope John Paul II wrote about why we call Mary the Mother of Mercy and on her continued intercession to obtain graces for us. Since she understood God’s mercy so deeply, she was called to bring that love, which Christ came to reveal, closer to people. He writes, “It was precisely this ‘merciful’ love…that Mary shared in. In her and through her, this love continues to be revealed in the history of the Church and of humanity. This revelation is especially fruitful because in the Mother of God it is based upon the unique tact of her maternal heart, on her particular sensitivity, on her particular fitness to reach all those who most easily accept the merciful love of a mother. This is one of the great life-giving mysteries of Christianity, a mystery intimately connected with the mystery of the Incarnation.”
Did you know?
Pope John Paul II passed away on the evening just before Divine Mercy Sunday. His last teaching regarding the Divine Mercy was the Regina Cæli, read at the end of the mass that day. He once again stresses the importance of accepting this gift from Christ, “As a gift to humanity…the Risen Lord offers his love that pardons, reconciles and reopens hearts to love. It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!” (Regina Cæli)