*Best of DTB #299* You really ought to go to Mass tomorrow.

Posted by Christie Martin - April 27th, 2014

This particular Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. You really want to go to Church this Sunday. Partly, you should go because this particular day Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized. Another reason you want to go is because, c’mon, it’s Mass! There’s nothing better than being there where Heaven intersects earth. It’s awesome.

But in addition to all of that, there is a Plenary Indulgence attached to this day.

According to St. Faustina, the visionary to whom Jesus dictated these specific prayers of Mercy, Our Lord promises to those who go to confession and communion on this day the remission of the guilt and the punishment of sins. That’s starting fresh, folks. Just as if you were Baptised all over again. Surely that’s worth going for?

On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 699)

This is a promise of grace from Christ and further granted by the Church. The conditions to receive the grace are these:

1. Go to Sacramental Confession within 20 days. If you went within the last 20 days, that counts.

2. Take Communion at Mass this Sunday in a state of grace.

3. Make an act of the will against sin, even your habitual “little sins.” Decide, here and now to let them go and resolve to be free of them. (Here’s a hint: ask God’s help on this!)

4. Make a prayer or a devotion today about Divine Mercy at a time other than Mass. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will do fine!

5. Make a prayer for the Pope’s intentions. Traditionally these prayers are an Our Father, a Hail, Mary, and a Glory Be, but any prayer asking God to fulfill our pontiff’s prayers will do.

Please consider availing yourself of this opportunity to relieve yourself of the burden of personal sin by participating in this great solemnity of the Church in this way. Remember, a good Confession is all it ever takes to set your heart right again with our most merciful Lord! Yet, with the fulness of the faith granted us in God’s one, true, holy, and apostolic church, we get even more!

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Divine Mercy Novena: Day 1

Posted by Christie Martin - April 19th, 2014

Divine Mercy Sunday is the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. This solemnity was established on this particular day by blessed John Paul II, who, alongside John XXIII, will be canonized on this upcoming Divine Mercy Sunday. To especially commemorate this very special celebration this year, we here at Deeper Truth invite you to make this Novena with us, beginning today, Good Friday, and continuing every day up until the eve of the solemnity.

We especially invite you to celebrate Divine Mercy by presenting yourself at this Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in a state of grace by making a good Confession sometime during Lent or up to the day of the solemnity and then by receiving the Eucharist as part of your celebration.

According to St. Faustina, the visionary to whom Jesus dictated these prayers of Mercy, Our Lord promises to those who go to confession and communion on this day the remission of the guilt and the punishment of sins.

On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 699)

This a not a Plenary Indulgence, which is a grace granted by the Church, it is instead a promise made by Christ in a private revelation. Though the effect is the same as Plenary Indulgence, the conditions to receive the grace are fewer: Confession and Communion. The receipt of this special grace simply involves trusting our hearts to His infinite mercy.

Please consider availing yourself of this opportunity to relieve yourself of the burden of personal sin by participating in this great solemnity of the Church in this way. Remember, a good Confession is all it ever takes to set your heart right again with our most merciful Lord!

The Divine Mercy Novena

First Day: For the first day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for the sake of all mankind, especially sinners. She recorded the following words of Our Lord in her diary: “Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”

Prayer for the First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena

“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Resource Pages:
http://catholicism.about.com/od/divinemercy/p/Novena_DM.htm
https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/mercy_sunday.htm

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