Greetings to all my Catholic Brothers and Sisters, I purposely am not addressing the many splinter groups with names for they have been hurt enough. I see this trend to label within the Church as a Divide and Conquer strategy of Satan that on the whole has been quite successful and has made many Catholics feel as if they were aliens in another country speaking another language. The Pope of any particular era is entrusted with Jewel of Great Price, "Us!" No exceptions or, acceptable, non acceptable, categories. I have been an active promoter of The Divine Mercy Devotion for now around 26 years. Throughout these years I have met with strong resistance against the devotion, sad to say. I would think that anything that promised so much for so little effort would be snatched up. Satan again has used the tactic of using mankind’s tendency to pride of intellect, which comes down to a defective or a conscience not in harmony with the Church’s teachings. Which for us is the Will of God. When St Peter was given the Keys of leadership, the Lord empowered him with great authority, with surety in matters of Faith and Morals to never be in error. This guarantee was to be our Spiritual Compass in living out our role in God's plan for us, it also is a protection to use in assessing if something is of God or Satan. Conscience has been the devils main weapon, which he excised from Vatican11 and twisted it’s interpretation for his own sinister purposes. It was Pride that brought him down. So if it worked to undo him then how could puny Humanity resist such a clever setup?? A tactic again based on Pride. Spiritual Pride is a killer, a killer of souls that we have often been warned about.
Now back to the topic at hand, Divine Mercy devotion. Pope John Paul 11 was asked once "What was it that he thought defined his Papacy?" He replied that it was to put in place the Divine Mercy Devotion and promulgating Divine Mercy Sunday to be observed on the Second Sunday of Easter. Now Sundays are seen as memorial of the Resurrection of the Lord and nothing is to be celebrated in its' place, like a Funeral etc. Occasionally there are Feasts in relation to Mary, Christ's mother and the other that comes to mind is St John the Baptist. No one can just arbitrarily decide a new theme for the Sunday Mass. Now for a Sunday in the Easter Octave to be assigned a new role is even more a “no go” zone, As it is a part of a group of Sundays liturgically assigned the name of the Easter Octave. These particular Sundays of the Easter Octave rate higher than the Sundays that make up the rest of the Liturgical calendar. Pope John Paul used his Papal Authority, Ex Cathedra (Infallible proclamation) in relation to the Divine Mercy Devotion and the then Sister Helen Faustina's cause for canonisation. So why the indifference to this Wondrous devotion? This, on the Sunday called Divine Mercy Sunday, offers something so wondrous from the Hand and Heart of God. The Grace offered is the total remission and removal of all punishment due to sin. The persons soul is returned to the state which it possessed at Baptism. A Pope has solemnly declared this to be so. So no armchair Theologians or Smirking Modernists have any right to mock or criticize. The Devotion is under the umbrella of an Infallible pronouncement, which calls us to Obedience. Another virtue that society sees as a weakness.
If we take a look back through time and see God's pattern of dealing with the sins of mankind nothing comes close to this Divine Mercy gift in revealed efficacy other than the Birth and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. With things of great benefit to man, as given by God, there is usually some great evil that it combats and defeats. Take the Sacraments as the main example, and the things done by Man throughout history against them. The Sacraments return order to our chaotic beings that have been ravaged by Sin. There's an unpopular word, Sin. Society has changed the name "Sin" to "Indulge" it's not Sin now! It's doing something a little bit naughty, a bit of a giggle! If it feels good, how could it be wrong?? Another clever cliché from Hell’s kitchen! Society follows a handsome Pied Piper and dances to the tune of Spiritual Death and Alienation, all the way into Eternal Death in Hell!
The Divine Mercy Gift has been given to us in our life time for us to use and take benefit from. It is a gift of love from the Lord, The Father and The Holy Spirit. With such a great gift on offer what is it that it is designed to defeat. Something is coming that warrants this preparation. I do not know what this is, but as night follows day it has been demonstrated throughout Church History to be the pattern of Divine intervention . So why the resistance? Why the Indifference? Why the Opposition to a Papal declared devotion, free from error of any kind?? Have Catholic individuals taken the power of infallibility to be their own?? When God gave this authority to one, also to the bishops in union with the Pope. Even Bishops don't have access to this authority without the Popes involvement and participation.
Where do you stand?? Are you Sheep or Goat? A thing to remember, it was the blood of a lamb painted over the doorways of the Israelites that indicated to the Angel of Death to pass over that home and do no harm, as the sign of Covenant was over their doorway. What special protective benefits are yet to be revealed by God for complying with His stated wishes in regard to this Devotion? It comes down to this, are you a Catholic that lives by what the Church declares morally and spiritually good for us? Even though you don't like it?? Or are you in the camp of The Cafeteria Catholic, taking that which appeals and rejecting that which doesn't, which is the sign of a defective conscience, out of balance with our loving God.
This Sunday may be, for some of us, the last chance to avail our selves of this Pearl of Great Price. It may even turn out to be the World's last opportunity; only God knows the answer to that question. I hope you take this opportunity to paint the Lamb’s Blood over the doorway to your Heart!
I wish you Love, I wish you Grace and I wish you wisdom in considering your response, ultimately, to God the one that created you to be with and in Him.