“My daughter tell the whole world about my inconceivable mercy. I desire that the feast of MERCY be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the font of my mercy”,
St. John Paul II established the first Sunday after Easter as the Feast of Divine Mercy, the same day as he canonised St. Faustina.
Divine Mercy Sunday is a day when many Catholics go to confession. Because of the Corona Virus pandemic, however, the sacrament is currently unavailable.
Please remember that you are encouraged to make acts of “perfect contrition” as suggested by Pope Francis and our Bishops when you are unable to go to confession.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, contrition is called “PERFECT” when it “arises from a love by which God is loved above all else”. Such contrition remits venial sins and obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it “includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” according to the Catechism.
Pope Francis said the message is “VERY CLEAR”.
“If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your Father, and tell Him the truth”, the Pope explained. “SAY, LORD, I DID THIS, THIS, THIS, FORGIVE ME, and ask for pardon with all your heart.”
Make an act of contrition, the Pope said and promise God “I will go to confession afterward but forgive me now” and immediately you will return to a state of grace with God. “As the catechism teaches” Pope Francis said, you can draw near to God’s forgiveness without having a priest at hand. Think about it. This is the moment.
Seek that moment, seek that offer of Mercy and forgiveness. Your soul needs it. Your soul desires it. But remember when life returns to normal in the Church, seek Absolution.
Hear the priest say to you: “God the Father of Mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the World to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”.