EASTER MYSTERY OF REDEMPTION
Pope John Paul II made the surprise announcement of this change in his homily at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000. There, he declared: "It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday.' "
By the words "the whole message," Pope John Paul II was referring to the connection between the "Easter Mystery of the Redemption" — in other words, the suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, followed by the sending of the Holy Spirit — and this Feast of Divine Mercy, the Octave Day of Easter, which fulfills the grace of atonement as lived through by Christ Jesus and offered to all who come to Him with trust.
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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (PROMISE) IS BIGGER THAN A PLENARY INDULGENCE
Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina, "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (699) "Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity...tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near!"
The main difference, of course, is that an "indulgence" is something offered to the faithful by the Church, as the keeper of the keys of the kingdom, with authority to "bind and loose" (see Mt 16:17-19). The special graces of Mercy Sunday, on the other hand, were promised directly by our Lord, through a prophetic revelation given to St. Faustina (see Diary of St. Faustina, 699). More here difference between Jesus Promise and an Indulgence
Pope Francis Announces a Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy
Pope Francis' Homily, "This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015 and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.
I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey." Get the Entire Homily Here at Radio Vaticana
Traditional Good Friday Way of Cross. Nine Church Walk in the City of New Orleans.
You gotta love New Orleans for a lot of things, the delicious seafood, street cars, and historic buildings and much more, but the one thing I love and look forward to every year is the "Traditional Good Friday, 9 Church Walk" through the streets of New Orleans. Every year there are several thousand faithful, Catholics walking the streets of the city of New Orleans, La to remember Our Lord's Passion and Death by visiting the beautiful churches while praying the "Way of the Cross" As I drove in from Baton Rouge, La that morning to attend the walk, the sun was just coming up with a beautiful, "Golden" intensity. I couldn't help to think of the recent studies saying that this Good Friday, April 3rd is falling on the exact day Our Lord died! Also, the fact that there was also going to be a blood, red moon early the next morning! I thought this is a bitter, sweet reminder of our blessings and our crosses we will have to face in our daily lives reflected in the heavens!
By the time we finished with walking and praying approximately 5 miles to the nine churches, beginning at 8:00 am ending around 12 noon we were exhausted. We were hot, tired and hungry because of the Good Friday fast! We grabbed a light meal at one of the local restaurants in the quarter area to end in culmination at the beautiful service of the "Veneration of the Cross" and Holy Communion! This year we celebrated in the beautiful historic, St. Patrick's Church near the French Quarter. So, New Orleans is known for many things but the one thing it should be most known for is the faith of the many Catholics that know how to remember Our Lord and his Passion and Death! , By Tricia Parsons Editor
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