Divine Mercy Sunday

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday.  Since mercy is kind of my thing, I figure I should write about it.  Only, all I can think of are answers to the question, how did mercy become my thing? Mid-life crisis?  PTSD? Thought it sounded cool?

I have other things I am passionate about including cats, plants, and color-stay lipstick.  Unlike mercy, those things make sense to me.

For most of my life, mercy felt above me like one of those words at the top of the hierarchy that I could never reach.  It was like the incense used during Holy Days that rose to meet the cherubs at the top of cathedrals.  It was an enigma because I never took the time to contemplate what it meant, how it’s shown, and its source from which salvation hinges.

Now I understand that mercy isn’t just my thing, it’s all of ours.  It never rose to the spires of churches, it descended from the heavens reaching down to each of us.  It’s forgiveness, do-overs, compassion, and kindness.  I have been on the giving and receiving ends of these things my entire life, but I didn’t always recognize it as mercy.

I knew the relief from the burden of sorrow when shown forgiveness. I knew the hope of having another chance.  I knew the tenderness of comfort and the warmth of simple kindness.  I knew giving these kindnesses to others always made me feel better, taught me more about who I am, and had significance unlike anything on my to-do list.

Mercy is like the golden ticket from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  It gets you access to the most magical place if you choose to redeem it, practice it, and share it.

Saint Faustina had a special devotion to divine mercy and joined the convent of Our Lady of Mercy in Crackow, Poland.  She came from a poor farming family in Poland who struggled terribly during World War I.  In her diary, Saint Faustina wrote the words that Jesus spoke to her, “This Feast emerged from the very depths of my mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies.  Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it” (420).

I believe and trust in God’s mercy because at some point my eyes were opened to it.  That has been a game-changer for me beyond my recognition of the genius of color-stay lipstick.  It became my thing not because it was suddenly available to me, but because I finally recognized it as having always been there, rescuing, comforting, and offering me redemption despite my unworthiness.

Saint Faustina also acknowledges the importance of works of mercy in her diary.  “Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for me.  You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere” (742). So maybe you’ve never considered mercy your thing before. Consider it now.  As Saint Faustina wrote, consider it “always and everywhere.”

Hi all~ I hope you had a joyful Easter Sunday. It was so nice to celebrate with family again and it made me realize how much all of us are beginning to come out of the tomb after such a challenging year. I feel so much hope for the renewal of our faith and as always, so much gratitude to be on this journey with you. God bless. ~ Love, Lara

Read more about Saint Faustina at  https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=510 and Divine Mercy Sunday  http://www.divinemercysunday.com/



One thought on “Divine Mercy Sunday

  • April 8, 2021 at 11:44 am

    I’m glad mercy is your thing because your posts help me become more merciful. Thank you.

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