Every year, the Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday. This feast day, which will be on April 16th this year, was established bySt. John Paul II in 2000, when he canonized St. Faustina — it may be no coincidence that St. John Paul II also passed away on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005. This feast is a time for the Church to increase its devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, contemplate God’s mercy, andgrow in forgiveness.
The message that St Faustina received from Christ is central to this feast day:
“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. 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” (St. Faustina’s Diary, 699).
As you bring the Feast of Divine Mercy to your prayer, here are five saint quotes that teach us about the infinite mercy of God.
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