Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 12: Divine Mercy Sunday

History

In the 1930s, a Polish nun named Mary Faustina Kowalska had visions of the Lord Jesus. One of the things He asked of her was to make sure that a feast was held in celebration of His Divine Mercy on the first Sunday after Easter every year. But Sister Faustina was not able to accomplish this in her lifetime. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that Pope John Paul II answered our Lord’s request and established the Feast of Divine Mercy.
 This feast is very important, because any person who has been to confession recently and goes to Mass to receive the Holy Eucharist on this day can receive total forgiveness for all the sins that he or she has committed. Read more about how to get an indulgence today here.

Activity


Today is both the final day of the Easter Octave and the feast of Divine Mercy, so you have double the reason to celebrate. Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (or go to a Divine Mercy service in your area) at 3 p.m. today, and make a favorite dinner. For a recipe that represents how Christ makes our souls pure, here's a recipe for "Divine Vanilla Cupcakes" to serve for dessert. 

Saint Faustina, pray for us! 


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