The Feast of the Divine Mercy was established by the late Pope John Paul II (who coincidentally died on the vigil of the Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005) on April 30, 2000 on the occasion of Blessed Sister Faustina’s canonization. The Feast is dedicated to the Devotion to the Divine Mercy and is celebrated on the first Sunday following Easter. In the Philippines, there is a National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Bulacan which is a popular destination during Holy Week for people doing Bisita Iglesia, and for others fervently praying for personal intentions and healing.
The liturgical readings of the Second Sunday of Easter affirm the appropriateness of the Divine Mercy Sunday: “They speak of the blood and water that was poured out from the Savior’s heart and about the sacraments of Baptism and Confession and about His mercy.” The Gospel of the Day also speaks of the wonderful things that Jesus did on the day of His resurrection during His first public appearance.
Similar to all other celebrations in the Church’s calendar, certain preparations are to be made before the Feast of the Divine Mercy. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus willed the Divine Mercy Sunday to be preceded by a novena commencing on Good Friday. Each day of the novena will bring to His mercy a different group of souls and shall be prayed for penance and absolution. Aside from praying this novena, believers are also admonished to confess, receive the Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Pope in order to be granted plenary indulgence. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus encouraged believers: “Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind…will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.” (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 699)
It is our hope to have shared something to ponder upon – something that would enlighten our weary hearts. At a time of seeming uncertainty, reflection and appreciation of the Divine Mercy is a timely and flourishing source of Jesus’ redeeming grace.
Yesterday I attended a baby shower for Cris, it was held in her house and Sharon was the host of the said special event. Anyhow, as usual if Pinay's gathered together food are over-flowing and karaoke is the finale of it all. The weather was really good for the past 3 days Michigan was blessed with a warm weather which actually we need. We don't care about snow anymore we've seen a lot of it. Back to the baby shower, it is kind of surprise for the soon to be parents of what gender would the baby be because when Cris had her ultra sound the baby just curl up and didn't show it!! LOl! And so another Fil-Am baby is going to be born and that means nadagdagan na naman ang mga guapo at guapa na mga bata dito sa Amerika, of course mga nanay eh mga PINAY!! Here are some of the pics.