From the Fall of Man until Jesus Christ, Satan kept the whole world in bondage, by the power of death.

The devil scourging the Church 

Hebrews 2:14-15  Therefore because the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself in like manner hath been partaker of the same: that, through death, he might destroy him who had the empire of death, that is to say, the devil: And might deliver them, who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to servitude.

It would seem as though
the Power of Death
(which Jesus called “The Gates of Hell”)

has very powerfully, returned.

The only solution: Matthew 16:18  And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Yet, the whole world cowers in the face of a virus. Cardinals and Governors publicly insult God and denigrate our faith. We see idolatrous worship in the high places and rampant heresies from the Pope. The doors of the Universal (Catholic) Church are locked and the Sacraments have been made unavailable; all of this on top of decades of priestly abuse and deadly scandals; not to mention the grievous sins of all the laity.

It’s as if our very access to the Tree of Life has been deliberately, cut off.

Part of Saint Faustina’s message of Divine Mercy is that there would come a day when God would find it expedient to turn back from mercy, to wrath.

Let’s all hope and pray we’re not yet that far along!

The Divine Mercy Library: Divine Mercy 101

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Divine Mercy 101

Courtesy of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception

“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.

Divine Mercy Celebration at Our Lady of Peace – Darien, IL – Sunday – April 15, 2012

Our Lady of Peace Parish
701 W. Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 60559

1:30 – 2:45 pm Confessions (resume at 4:00pm)
It is not possible for everyone to go to confession on the same day.
As Fr. Seraphim, MIC has said: “God will not ask us to do the impossible”.
We should be preparing for the Feast of Mercy
during the whole season of Lent,
and we should make our confession even before Holy Week.
To gain grace, one should make a good confession
within the week of the Divine Mercy Feast Day.

1:30 pm Video “Time for Mercy” Video in School Gym
Find out ……
– The origin of the devotion
– Jesus’ message to St. Faustina
– How this devotion impacts our world today

3:00 – 4:00 pm Hour of Great Mercy
– Exposition
– Chaplet of The Divine Mercy
– Benediction
– Blessing of Religious Articles
– Veneration of St. Faustina’s relic

1:30 & 4 – 5 pm Gift shop open in school lobby

“Jesus, I Trust In You!”

Submitted by Heidi B.