Newsletter 11th April 2021 – Low Week
It’s interesting that just a little while ago, today was called Low Sunday. It received such a name because, after all the liturgies and devotionals of the Sacred Triduum, that reflected the tiredness of both priests and people.
The past week was spiritually beautiful, but after such a busy week, it seems everyone is ready for a Low Sunday! Except it’s not called Low Sunday anymore. Now, we have Divine Mercy Sunday and that brings along with it another whole set of expectations and devotionals.
In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And he wants us to recognise 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.
The Divine Mercy message is one 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.
Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.
Jesus himself revealed the chaplet of the divine mercy to St Faustina and asked her to pray the chaplet unceasingly. Jesus told her: say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. The chaplet of divine mercy is one of the most powerful prayers we could possibly pray. Jesus told St Faustina: even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy.
After the sad news this weekend, we pray for the repose of the soul of HRH Prince Philip and to echo the words of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster;
“At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.
“How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigour. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace.”
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