As we do every year, we will have a service at St. Mary Church on Divine Mercy Sunday, 12 April, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. This column explains why we should participate. To do so,we go back to the 1930s in Poland, where Jesus appeared in visions to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Sister of Our Lady of Mercy. He communicated to her His desire to pour out His mercy and promote greater trust in Him.
The gifts Jesus gave to help us receive His Divine Mercy include the image He asked St. Faustina to have painted according to His design, a copy of which hangs in St. Mary Church between the pulpit and the tabernacle. The image shows Jesus’ hand touching His chest, from which two rays shine forth—one white, one red—to remind us of the water and blood which flowed from His side on the Cross after a soldier’s lance pierced His dead body. The Church has always seen this as a sign that Christ was pouring out His grace on the world through the Sacraments of Baptism (water) and Eucharist (the Precious Blood).