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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