During his revelations to St. Faustina, our Lord requested a number of times that a feast day be dedicated to Divine Mercy and celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Easter. Furthermore, he instructed her to have an image created of his Divine Mercy in the way that he appeared to her.
Here’s what he told her:
Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (Diary, No. 300)
I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. (Diary, No. 341)
This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. (Diary, No. 420)
The Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated in Catholic churches throughout the world this Sunday, and the amazing image of Divine Mercy will be venerated in most, if not all, of them. The readings for the day relate the institution of the Sacrament of Penance and, along with it, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy,
As we prepare for this magnificent feast, I’d like to share with you six of my favorite quotes from St. Faustina’s Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul.
Anyone of them is enough to meditate on for good long time because they are so rich in grace and meaning. I hope that you can spend some time considering the beauty and impact of the gift of Divine Mercy that our Lord has given us!
“Great love can change small things into great ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions. And the purer our love becomes, the less there will be within us for the flames of suffering to feed upon, and the suffering will cease to be a suffering for us; it will become a delight! By the grace of God, I have received such a disposition of heart that I am never so happy as when I suffer for Jesus, whom I love with every beat of my heart.” (No. 303)
“A soul does not benefit as it should from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.” (No. 113)
“When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.” And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.” (No. 1033)
“‘I am love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it.’” (No. 1273)
“The Lord said to me, ‘The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.’” (No. 1397)
“All grace flows from mercy, and the last hour abounds with mercy for us. Let no one doubt concerning the goodness of God; even if a person’s sins were as dark as night, God’s mercy is stronger than our misery. One thing alone is necessary; that the sinner set ajar the door of his heart, be it ever so little, to let in a ray of God’s merciful grace, and then God will do the rest.” (No. 1507)
Image: Divine Mercy, Philip K, Flickr.com, Public Domain