"Divine Mercy gets to the heart of Sacred Scripture. In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God's mercy to sinners" (1849). Right there: That summarizes it. Divine Mercy is . . . the good news. And so, it gets to the very center of our faith. Moreover, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, 'Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of Christian faith and prayer.'"
Mercy is a love that is generous, forgiving, and kind when it encounters suffering, poverty, brokenness, and sin. God's love for us takes the form of mercy. From our perspective, then, every good we receive is an expression Divine Mercy.
The message of Divine Mercy is most associated with a Polish nun who died in 1938, about a year before the start of World War II. She is known today as St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Saint Faustina was a mystic who received extraordinary experiences of the Lord Jesus in prayer.
Today, we enter into the experience with St. Faustina as we recite the prayers given to her by the Lord Jesus, known as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. St. John Paul II established the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. Many of the faithful gather in unity on this day, as well as other days, to pray together this Chaplet for God's mercy to flow upon the whole world. Also, a novena of the Chaplet is started customarily nine days before this day.
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"Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy." - Jesus, speaking to St. Faustina about Divine Mercy.