*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!


*BEST OF DTB #53* Someone Special?

Posted by John Benko - February 3rd, 2011

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Following on from last weeks theme Hero. For those who haven’t yet had a peek at the article, don’t miss it! Click on the link & enjoy the realization.
So, who’s Special? We are!
John Paul 2 left to all of us, something we need to come back to again & again, because, a longing arises deep within to truly be Great. To leave that Legacy, to make a Difference. Just because we were made to! There is no pride in this & no self loathing. Only Truth.
“… it is only in Jesus, God Made Man, that you will fully understand what You are. He will unveil to you the True Greatness of yourselves … that you are Redeemed by Him & taken up in His Love… that you are made truly free in Him, in Him Who said about Himself: If the Son frees you, you will be free indeed!”[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnGQu_sKoA&NR=1]
“Enjoy the privileges of your youth: The right to be dynamic, creative & spontaneous! The right to be full of Hope & Joy! …& above all, the chance to give of yourself to others in generous & joyful service… I leave you now with this prayer: that the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to each one of you, That He will give you the strength to go out & profess that you are Christian. That He will show you, that He Alone can fill your hearts. Accept His freedom & then praise His Truth, & be messengers of the certainty that you have been truly liberated, through the death & resurrection of the Lord Jesus This will be the new experience, the powerful experience that will generate through you a more just society & a better world. God bless you!”
“Make Jesus always part of your hunger…” J.P.2