Divine Mercy Sunday

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Marc Chagall's "White Crucifixion"

Pope Francis’ favorite painting is Marc Chagall’s “White Crucifixion” (above). Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. I have two kids whose names mean mercy so I love this feast. Pope Francis says, “God’s justice is mercy.”

Divine Mercy Sunday began with the visions of a Polish nun, Sr. Faustina Kowalski, who felt that God was calling her to spread the message of His unfathomable mercy. If you didn’t make it to Confession today, consider praying an Our Father and an Apostle’s Creed before an image of Jesus and concluding your prayer with, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You.”  Or pray a chaplet of Divine Mercy.

We cannot comprehend God’s mercy, as Fr. James Martin SJ writes in Jesus: A Pilgrimage, ‘Imagine all the good that would never have gotten done if [Servant of God] Dorothy Day had said: ‘What could God do with me? I had an abortion.’ Feelings of inadequacy are human, as Peter shows us, but we are invited to see them in the light of God’s love.” Prayers and much more in our Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up the Catholic Life.

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.