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The Power of Mercy
This is a Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has so generously lavished upon us! Now that we are approaching Lent this is the perfect time to reflect, learn and practice the message of God's Divine Mercy.
The Holy Father is only imitating what God, Our Father is so eagerly wanting to give us. This Year of Mercy obtains a plenary indulgence- the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. To obtain this indulgence, the faithful must go through a Holy Door usually found in all cathedrals and other churches in each diocese across the globe designated by the local bishop. This action reflects a deeper desire for conversion.
One of the most important and powerful ways to learn about God's Divine Mercy is through the message of Divine Mercy in St. Faustina's Diary. St. Faustina was the first saint to be canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II in the year 2000 which was also a Jubilee Year! In the Diary, Our Lord told St. Faustina, "The greatest sinner has the greatest right to His Mercy!" (Entry 146) There are so many great promises in the Divine Mercy Message: Divine Mercy Sunday, The Divine Mercy Hour, Divine Mercy Novena, and Praying the Chaplet by the bedside of the sick and dying.
In turn, we must imitate that Mercy to others so we can all benefit from His gracious gift, a kind of a "Pay it Forward!"
Now that we are entering the holy season of Lent, we should take advantage of the Lenten retreats and reflections, especially on this wonderful message of God's Mercy! by Tricia Parsons, Editor and webmaster
Hour of Mercy Lenten Reflections
St Agnes Catholic Church in Baton Rouge
Wednesdays during Lent
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and followed by Holy Mass at 5:30 p.m. Reflections begin at 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 17: Introduction to Mercy and the Hour of Mercy series
What is mercy? Why the misery and lack of peace in our lives? Trust, our response to God’s mercy. The Our Father and steps to forgiveness. Presented by Monsignor Robert H. Berggreen, pastor of St. Mary of False River Church, New Roads.
Feb. 24: God’s Mercy Revealed in the Bible
Mercy in the Old Testament and Psalms, the Great Hallel. The Mercy parables and St. Luke. How lectio divina leads us to experience God’s divine mercy and helps us show mercy to others. Presented by Stephen J. Binz, Catholic biblical scholar, licensed clinical social worker and award-winning author.
March 2: Jesus, Gift of Divine Mercy in the Liturgy and in the Sacraments. Liturgy, Holy Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament of Reconciliation. Presented by the Rev. Michael H. Champagne, of Community of Jesus Crucified, a Catholic private association of the Christian faithful, canonically erected in the Diocese of Lafayette.
March 9: Forgiveness in the Family and Becoming a Witness to Mercy
“Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36). Presented by James and Karen Broussard, married couples retreat rectors for Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, St. Martinville; past presenters/coordinators for Retrouvaille of Acadiana.
March 16: Identifying and Addressing the Psychological Barriers to Trust. Steps to self-awareness. Seeking the right help. Presented by Sister Dulce Maria Flores, regional superior, Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy Week, March 23: The Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy.
Experiencing God’s unconditional love. Presented by the Rev. Miles D. Walsh, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Baton Rouge.
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