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In the 1930s, Our Lord Jesus requested through Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, that a Feast of Mercy be established and solemnly celebrated in His Church on the First Sunday after Easter, every year. The Lord said that this feast would be the “last hope of salvation.”

Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated on April 12, 2015.

Divine Mercy Sunday is perhaps God’s greatest gift for our time. The promise of this day is nothing less than the forgiveness of all sins and punishment due to sin for anyone who would go to Confession and receive Jesus in Holy Communion on this very special feast. According to Divine Mercy Productions, one may receive the Sacrament of Confession, also known as Reconciliation, twenty days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.

St. Pope John Paul II the Great officially established the Feast of Divine Mercy in the year 2000, after many years of study by the Catholic Church. The Pope was not only beatified on May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, but he also died on the vigil day of that same feast.

Why would Jesus offer humanity such a magnanimous gift at this time in history? Jesus told St. Faustina that she was to prepare the world for His Second Coming and that He would be pouring out His Mercy in great abundance before He comes again as the Just Judge.

From the Diary of St. Faustina, 699, Jesus said of Divine Mercy Sunday: “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.”

In Saint Faustina’s Diary, she recorded how Jesus indicated that He, Himself, is there in the confessional: “When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I, Myself, act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity.” (1602)

Jesus knew that people would need to hear these words of re-assurance today, so He went on to say, “Come with faith to the feet of My representative…and make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyze what sort of a priest that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light.” (1725) “Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy.” (1602)

Many feel that their sins are unforgivable, but Jesus said, “Were a soul like a decaying corpse, so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. In the Tribunal of Mercy [the Sacrament of Confession], the greatest miracles take place and are incessantly repeated.” (1448) “Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy.” (1602)

“Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s mercy! You will call out in vain, but it will be too late.” (1448) “Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace.”  (1074) “There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy.” (1273)

Copyright 2015 Christine Watkins