“It’s like a Vatican II bizarro world.” – writer doesn’t think much of Divine Mercy devotions.

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.

Here’s a link to the article

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.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you Doug for bringing this article to our attention. It really does go to show the complete insanity that still runs within a small but significant membership of the Catholic Church.

    The author apparently dislikes one image of The Divine mercy because in their opinion it is a Protestant Jesus which is apparently not as correct or beneficial as a Catholic one! This is utterly absurd!! One feels like throwing ones arms heavenwards and shaking our head in total disbelief of the utter ignorance of these philistines! It must be said however that the author on this occasion does admit to this point as only being of their opinion only and admits that others may hold contrary views. Yet in art it is similar to looking at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel splendour and suggesting that in a humble opinion it is all rather Over The Top! I am left virtually incandescent with rage at the willingness of people to at one moment advertise their ignorance and at the next suggest it is only their opinion! One is reminded of Our Lords warning perhaps not to throw pearls before swine!

    In the History of the Catholic Church the most famous of all devotions has probably been The Sacred Heart. This image of a loving Jesus indeed decorated more Catholic Homes than any other and its intent is as noted about the true essence of Jesus redeemer of the world etc.

    This devotion was further explained to St Faustina in the years between two world wars as a special devotion to Jesus as the All Merciful. It cannot be a liberal stance or a conservative one because it informs us that Jesus is All Goodness and whilst is all Just he is primarily All Merciful. This confirmation is again and again to be found in the life of the Church and in the traditions of its saints and teaching of Holy Scripture. That in effect the heart of the law. .what everything good is all about . . . is Mercy. This grace is the greatest that has been revealed to the world and is found only in abundance in the person of Jesus Christ.

    In his reflections of Memory and Identity Pope John Paul 2 acknowledges that his sister Pole was given this extraordinary grace of enlightenment at the very moment when evil was so rampant across Europe both in Nazi and Communist ideology. Therefore Jesus chose this moment to continue to reveal the nature of his being to his servant with the ability to offset “the evil of those ideologies”. To this effect the late pontiff declared her a saint and held the Divine Mercy as of such a great importance to humanity. It must be noted as I commented once before that the Pope died on the feast weekend of the Divine Mercy which is a curious fact although one I suspect we should not be too surprised at and in keeping with the promises of the DM.

    The point to make about this devotion is not one of formulas or constant prayers but the attitude it should affect within us. That is the devotion to Divine Mercy should inspire us to be unafraid so that we can say “we trust in you” to Jesus and mean what it is we say rather than jabber off some verse that can be hollow if we fail to appreciate that Jesus is actually within us and wants us to trust him – something often said but rarely committed. The Divine Mercy is about forgiveness and the ability to forgive ourselves. The central devotion is about Love exposed within the Divine and Sacred Heart of our Saviour. To cast aspersions against it because we assume we are of intellectual maturity above such things is to court disaster!

    Finally the notion that one image is superior to another because it is more Catholic is akin to the First century heresy of placards saying “I am for Paul” or “I am for Peter”. It is quite absurd and quite frankly not only insults the artistic merit of Art itself but presumes (which could easily become mortal sin and the antithesis of the Divine Mercy) that Christ is more content with the image rather than what it is supposed to guarantee within the viewer namely a better devotion and kinder spirit.

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