Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday

the liturgy which are of ecclesiastical institution: ceremonies, sacramentals, prayers, and especially the divine office. The basic reason is the same: we know that all these liturgical rites of ecclesiastical origin have no other aim than divine worship in Christ and the sanctification of man in Christ. Moreover, both of these categories exist only as participation in the sacrifice of Golgotha and as derivations from it, a sacrifice which is continued sacramentally in the Mass. It is therefore only in the fact that they are dispositions, more or less immediate, to communion in the Eucharistic sacrifice, that all these rites have a significance. Finally, we should bear in mind that theological analysis of Divine Mercy Sunday, and the extraordinary graces available on that day, has only just begun. In the future, no doubt, new perspectives will arise, both to extend the insights of Fr. Michalenko and Fr. Rozycki, and to supplement their work. For example, there is a theological tradition in the Church which states that a complete renewal of baptismal grace is available to the soul at every sacramental confession, if the soul comes to the Lord with perfect contrition, i.e., perfect love of God. St. Catherine of Siena, for example, writes in The Dialogue (no. 75) of how martyrdom, baptism by desire, and sacramental confession undertaken with a pure heart, all wash the soul as clean as baptism itself. Our Lord said to her: By shedding both blood and water I showed you the holy baptism of water that you receive through the power of my blood. But I was also showing you the baptism of blood, and this in two ways. The first touches those who are baptized in their own blood poured out for me. Though they could not have the other baptism, their own blood has power because of mine. Others are baptized in fire when they lovingly desire baptism but cannot have it. ... There is a second way the soul receives this baptism of blood, figuratively speaking. This my divine charity provided because I know how people sin because of their weakness. Not that weakness or anything else can force them to sin if they do not want to, but being weak they do fall into deadly sin and lose the grace they had drawn from the power of the blood in holy baptism. So my divine charity had to leave them an ongoing baptism of blood accessible by heartfelt contrition and a holy confession as soon as they can confess to my ministers who hold the key to the blood. This blood the priest pours over the soul in absolution. But if they cannot confess, heartfelt contrition is enough for the hand of my

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