Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday

whole ocean of graces on souls who approach the Fount of My mercy. And Jesus piles up expressions which describe the intensity of His desire to lavish graces on this day: On that day are open all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. These words end by a call to trust: Let no soul fear to draw near to me. This saying consists of a correlation between mercy and trust: for the only reasonable response to the generosity of Mercy is unlimited trust. The declarations of Jesus above: what practical direction do they have? It is necessary to interpret them in the context of the totality of the Devotion. We will notice first that Jesus did not say that the Feast is the only refuge and the only shelter. As we read in the 43rd revelation: I am giving mankind the last hope of salvation; that is, recourse to My mercy. There are, therefore, alongside the Feast, other ways of finding refuge in Mercy; these are the other forms of the Devotion, and above all, unwavering trust, which is the only means of drawing graces from the Fount of Mercy. [see Diary entry 1578: The graces of My Mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is – trust. The more a souls trusts, the more it will receive.] So, if the different forms of the Devotion are a recourse to Mercy, the declarations [of Jesus] above are able to have only one meaning: Jesus ardently desires that the Feast of Mercy be for all men without exception – and especially for sinners – the refuge “par excellence,” incomparably more efficacious than all the other forms of the Devotion. The supreme excellence of this refuge is shown in three ways: first, by the universality of the divine offer. All men – even those who up until now have not practiced the Devotion, even sinners who convert on the day of the Feast – are called to participate in all the graces, in all their extent, that Jesus “prepared” for this feast. Secondly, it is manifest in the fact that all kinds of graces are offered this day to men; spiritual as well as temporal blessings, as much to individuals as

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