Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday

to communities and to all humanity which “will not find peace until it turns to the fount of my Mercy.” Third, all degrees of graces are this day within the reach of all, provided that with great trust they ask for great graces. Such an extraordinary abundance of graces are not attached to any other form of the Devotion. And since Mercy rejoices when it is able to give much, the heart of Jesus also delights in this feast. The extraordinary generosity that the Savior wants to show is also the reason why the practice of mercy is not necessarily required on this day itself in order to receive the special grace and the other promises. The Feast of Mercy will become for everyone truly the refuge “par excellence,” if we fulfill three conditions. 1. If we will bear in mind the extraordinary fervor with which Jesus wants to fill us with an abundance of graces on this day. 2. If we have the courage to bring to the Mercy of Jesus all our needs – known and unknown, temporal and spiritual, individual and communal – in all their real extent (which often lies beyond our knowledge). 3. If we will present [our needs] with a trust that is not only unwavering, but also boundless, because it is trust that opens up to us the treasures of Mercy. In 1981, at a symposium in Cracow celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revelations given to Sr. Faustina, Fr. Rozycki delivered a lecture entitled The Essential Features of the Devotion to The Divine Mercy in which he summarized his analysis of the extraordinary graces of Divine Mercy Sunday. As the phrasing of this passage has given rise to misunderstanding on occasion, we will quote the passage below, and then provide clarification: The most exceptional grace promised by Jesus for the Feast of the Divine Mercy is something considerably greater than a plenary indulgence. The latter consists only of the remission of temporal punishments for committed sins, but is never the remission of sins itself. The exceptional grace of [the Communion on] Divine Mercy Sunday is also greater than the graces of the other sacraments, with the exception of the Sacrament of Baptism, for the remission of all sins and punishment is found only in the sacramental grace of Baptism. In the promises cited, Christ tied the remission of all sins and punishment to the reception of Holy

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