A new bronze serpent

Divine MercyIn the great jubilee year of 2000 Blessed John Paul II canonized a polish nun who was known for some apparitions she had and for a diary she kept. As always happens, these private revelations were not easily accepted, and in her lifetime Sr Faustina was misunderstood at best and persecuted at worst. And yet there was something in the message of these private revelations, which could not be kept hidden or contained. The message shone so bright that all mist around it had to vanish. And vanish it did.

If you want to look at the story or get to know it, seek elsewhere. Very much like what happened in the origins of the feast of Corpus Christi, so now we have a gradual establishment of this new yet old devotion that takes universal dimensions in the year 2000. That holy year it was decided by the Supreme Authority of the Church that the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday, just as the wishes of Jesus reported by Sr Faustina, expressed.

Divine Mercy. Soiled by sin, oppressed by the dictatorship of relativism, pushed aside or outside by the agenda setters, ridiculed by the masses, persecuted heavily in some places, this title is the answer for all our woes and our only way forward.

From the hidden corners of our daily life to our most public action we can feel secure as we rely on the never ending and never failing mercy of God. We are forgiven because we are cherished and loved. We have dignity as children and heirs. What remains is that we join our Lord in having the same view of the world, of looking at it with mercy, of loving it and cherishing it. This is the way in which we replant the cross in our society for it to be seen, and loved and to bring healing to all who look at it.

Divine Mercy: love it; live it; spread it.

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