Sunday, April 19, 2009

Feast of Divine Mercy

It's one week after Easter Sunday and for the Catholics today is the Feast of Jesus Divine Mercy to all of us HIS children.

This week, the whole of Christendom once again commemorates our Lord Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. It is a time to reflect over how we have lived our lives as Christians and how we have followed the example set by Jesus. It is likewise a perfect time to repent for our sins, return to the Lord, and be blessed with His overflowing love and eternal mercy. The Sunday following Easter Sunday is also a fitting time to recall how merciful the Lord Jesus is despite our sinfulness, as we celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy.

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.

Saturday: Cris Baby shower

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.

9 comments:

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

wow manang kim! ^_^ ang saya saya naman, daming filipino foods at talagang di nawawala ang videoke/karaoke sa ating mga pinoy pag okasyon ^_^ madadagdagan nanaman ng gwapos at gwapas dito sa US. ^_^

Ganyan din dito sa amin, kapag nag gather ang Fil-Am Assoc. umaapaw ang dami ng Fil foods at syempre may videoke din. =)

Anoanong handa dyan? I'm pretty sure may mga isda at dinuguan? ^_^ yumyum

Salamat pala sa comment manang kim. yep, share mo yun sa husband mo...very interesting anoh ^_^ nakakatuwa tong husband ko kc mahilig syang magsolve ng mga nakaka challenge ^_^ halos lahat nga ng mga challenges na binibigay ko sa kanya nasosolve nya ^_^

Manang Kim said...

Hi Mer, masayahin kasi tayong mga pinoy at saka marunong tayong kumanta. Ang handa ko dito is yong binalot ko galing sa party hehe. Umulan dito ngayon gusto ko nga lang manood nang movie kasi makulimlim ang panahon kaya lang may labahin kaya laba muna ako. Thanks for dropping by.

Anney said...

Madalas talaga ang karaoke pag ganyang may okasyon no? Mahilig kasi tayong mga pinoy kumanta kahit sintunado. hehehe!

Manang Kim said...

Hi Ann, naku totoo ka kahit sintunado hala bira walang tayong paki. Thanks for dropping by.

Wilma said...

wow ang daming filipino food, nakakamis. magtulo man pod ato laway ani manang kim.. daghan jud diay kaayo pinay diha sa US no? kumusta man mo tanan diha hehe.
Dri dili daghan kaayo, in my town ma ihap ra.tagsa rapod ka meet kay mga bc ang tanan, when paga ni mahimong president hehe.
sus kung diha ko nambok lagig samot ah bahala na. hehe

Clarissa said...

Ang daming Pinay dyan!!Buti ka pa ang dami mong mga amiga dyan!Dumarami ang mga batang half pinoy half kano dyan sa US!weeee!!\(^0^)/

Manang Kim said...

Hi Weng, yes daghan gyud kaayo pinay dire sa US na. Daghan pa gani ko wala na meet mga doul pa nako. Good thing lang ug magkakita or naa party daghan kaayo pinoy foods, sus diha gyud mi makabira ug kaon ug filipino foods hehe. Kasagara mga party dire e-held gyud ug saturday or sunday bust mostly gyud saturday kay ang uban naa man work pod. Na labi na karon kay spring ug summer na left and right ang mga party hehe. Thanks for dropping by God bless!

Manang Kim said...

Hi clair, marami na talaga kami dito kaya marami ding mga baby shower at lalong na dagdagan ang mga guapo at guapa na mga fil-am hehe. Marami pa nga akong hinde pa na meet na mga pinay. Thanks for dropping by God bless!

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