by Doug Lawrence
Many traditionalists identify Divine Mercy Sunday as the premier feast day of the liberal, modernist wing of the post-Vatican II Catholic Church, complete with it’s own severely “protestantized” characterization of Jesus Christ.
Isn’t divine mercy what Jesus, the Catholic Church, the Mass and the Sacraments have always been about … offering the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ up to God the Father, for the sins of the whole world … all around the globe … 24/7 and 365 … for the last 2000 years, and counting?
Neither is “Jesus, I trust in you.” exactly new or original. Faith is a cardinal virtue, propagated by God’s superabundant grace, and as such, that disposition should already be present in virtually every Christian, everywhere.
Still and all, Divine Mercy Sunday offers us the opportunity to obtain an extra plenary indulgence, and in terms of the Easter Season, it also serves as a form of mystagogia (a directed attempt at grasping the Mystery of God) in the hope of gaining a better personal understanding and appreciation of such things … which is never a bad idea.
You’ll find me at my local parish this Sunday, in the school gym, showing the film, “Time for Mercy”. If things go according to plan I might be able to attend the holy hour devotions, and maybe even get to confession.
In keeping with the spirit of the day, I’ll leave the details up to Jesus … since … as a matter of fact … like Saint Faustina … I really do trust in him.
What do you think about all this? Your comments are always welcome.
About the movie (from Amazon.com) Learn of the startling revelations of Jesus Christ to a young Polish nun in the heart of Poland and the incredible message of Mercy given to her for the world.
In this film, you will hear amazing testimony, witness remarkable footage, and ultimately be challenged to decide how important these divine revelations are for you and the world. Don’t miss why this moment, unlike any other moment in history, is the Time for Mercy.