From the Pastor's Desk

April 23rd

The Background of the Divine Mercy Novena*

     From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.
     The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
     The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us — no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.  
     A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.  
     B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.  
     C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.    

Please join us
today at 3:00PM
for our Parish Celebration of
the  Divine Mercy Devotions 
led by Fr. Zach. 

 *Taken from EWTN website

     On this Easter Day, we hear once again of the joy of the Apostles and Our Lady when they learn that Jesus is risen. Have we ever stopped to consider the emotions the Risen Jesus experienced as He returned to those He loved?
     Today, the Church invites us to hear the good news of Christ’s resurrection not as an event that happened long ago and far away. It is happening now within us. That is why, 2000 years later, we still exclaim, “This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”
 St. Paul tells us that we “were raised in Christ.” This was not an isolated event from long ago and far away. The resurrection of Jesus Christ in our own flesh took place on the day of our Baptism! This means that the resurrection is ours, as well. In a truly mysterious way, we already share in the resurrection.
     St. Paul also says, “Your life is hidden with Christ in God.” This does not point to the past or to some future event. The resurrection of Jesus means that our life is in and with His liferight now. Nothing can take this away from us. This is our treasure: Christ is Risen and He has raised us with Him.  

“Let us proclaim the Mystery of Faith…”

     One of the popular acclamations in the previous translation of the Mass was a response to the words given above, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!” Contained in those words is the very Mystery of our Faith. And ready or not, we plunge into the Mystery with Holy Week.
     On Palm Sunday, we not only receive blessed palms, we hear once again, the Passion of our Lord. As the Palms come home with us, they not only bless our homes, they remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice each time we see them.
     On Monday morning, the world returns to normal. Business takes place. Homes and vehicles are bought and sold. People are born and people die. Some will fall in love and others will finally realize the lack of love. It is life.

It is life without Jesus.
Unless you stop.

Why must I confess my sins to a priest? Why can’t I go directly to God?