Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday

research were written in French: a massive tome of 500 pages which was presented to the Vatican as part of the official investigation into Sr. Faustina’s life and virtues by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. We have provided below a translation of the entire section of Fr. Rozycki’s work relating directly to the extraordinary graces of Divine Mercy Sunday (pp. 428-432): In this matter four points are beyond all doubt: (a) The “special grace” was promised in the context of the Feast of Mercy. (b) It was directly attached to receiving Holy Communion on this day. (c) It consists in the total remission of sins and punishment. (d) It is theologically possible. In the first place, Jesus promised the “special grace” because the purpose of the Feast is realized by this grace in an especially clear and striking manner. Immediately preceding the promulgation of this promise, Jesus declared: I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and 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 fount of My mercy ... On that day are open all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. His intention seems clear from the words cited above: in order that the Feast truly be a refuge for all souls, the depths of the generosity of Jesus are entirely open on this day to pour out – without any reserve – graces of every kind and every degree, even the most extraordinary. Now, the promise of this extraordinary grace is a promise for all souls that the generosity of Jesus is really without any limit on this day. At the same time, it is for all souls a motivation for them to ask on this day of The Divine Mercy, with great and limitless trust, for all the graces that the Lord wants to lavish on this Sunday. Secondly, the obtaining of the “special grace” is, according to the 13th revelation, dependent upon the reception of Holy Communion on the first Sunday after Easter: “to approach the Fount of Life” in this context can only mean “to receive Communion.” Of course, the 33rd revelation enumerates two conditions: Confession and Holy Communion as the proper norm, the stipulation for acquiring the full pardon. But Jesus surely desired that the greatest possible

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