Mercy is something we all need, without it the world would be like the barren tree in the chapel in Cracow, Poland. The tree branches there are to remind us of the power of God’s mercy. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday always celebrated on the Sunday following Easter. One of my favorite prayers is the Divine Mercy Prayer in song. The children and I sang it this morning while coloring our pictures of Jesus and Sr. Faustina from both the Fenestrae Fidei and the Catholic Artworks collection.
The Divine Mercy Prayer is beautiful and is a gift for us all to pray for Christ to have “mercy on us and on the whole world.”
“The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross … Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him” (299)
My children and I find much delight when we see God’s “Mercy Rays” shining forth from the sky teasing us from behind the clouds. We always are thinking of how great God is and how small we are. Sometimes these rays of “Son-light” shine as far across the Texas horizon just like the rays in this image of Jesus.
At Mass, Fr R. asked each one of us where we were in God’s Mercy.
Are we “thinking as we dress each day about all the clothes we could donate so that the poor could have something to wear, why not stopping our “schedule” and do it today? ”
Are we “thinking about the new neighbor we need to go visit someday, why not today?”
Are we “thinking (or not wanting to think) about the sin we do that is for our entertainment? If we stop the sin, the entertainment is gone.. then what do we do? ”
It could be that our sin is watching programs that are displeasing to God…well , I just want to see what happens..why not turn it off?
It could be spending money frivolously… internet time ( is what is coming through my screen pleasing to Almighty God?)
Am I escaping the worldly troubles with drugs or alcohol? How much am I drinking in a day? one drink? two three four? How about in a weeks time? Am I worried when my supply is low? (Alcohol can kill us, if not a physical death, but the death between us and others)
How about my supply of prayers I have offered today? Do they compare with the dollars I have spent on these entertainments I enjoy? ”
God’s mercy is present today. He wants us there with him today. His Mercy endures forever. Why do we wait? Why put off what we can do today? God wants us the share in His Mercy.
Moms and Dads, how many books have you read to your children today? Have you spent quality time with your children teaching them how to share, love, and care for each other within your own home?
Prayer for Mercy
O Jesus, font of Mercy, ever flowing from Your Scared Heart, Your Divine Mercy is Mercy itself. May I know the depth of Your merciful love, which has redeemed the world. Your mercy is my sanctity and salvation that gives you great glory. You, O Divine Jesus, are the delight and joy of my whole being. Have mercy on me, for I have sinned in Your sight. With the help of Your grace and the prayers of Blessed Sr Faustina, I will worship Your Divine Mercy, and patiently submit to Your Divine will, which is nourishment for my soul. Glory, praise and honor to The Divine Mercy of Jesus, now and forever, Amen.
Please pray for Dorothy and her family this week. Dorothy spent 15 years on this earth doing good for others and touching so many lives. She had many medical issues and I was told the church was filled at her service where her father spoke of her time with them. We used to sit in front of this family and she would always hold her daddy’s hand. It was so beautiful. She sang in the church choir and is now surely singing with the choir of angels. Her family is full of God’s grace and mercy right now. She died right before Easter.