>Divine Mercy

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Painting, “Divine Mercy” Michael O’Brian
It is Divine Mercy Sunday.
I don’t know about you, but I need all the mercy I can get.  
For quite some time, I didn’t pay much attention to this devotion.  It seemed goofy, in a way. Sorry, but it did. I sometimes shy away from things that I haven’t fully looked into and/or fully understand. And also, frankly, the more sentimentalized  traditional imagery and ever more sentimentalized editions of this devotion didn’t set well with me, or my oddball aesthetic.  I know, shallow perhaps, but there it is.  My reality.
Anyhow, but as I learn more about this devotion, I am learning about the simple beauty of it.  And I think it is what we all crave.  Mercy.  Just that.  Just a little mercy. 
To that end, the Church recognized today,  the first Sunday after Easter, as Divine Mercy Sunday.  Because Easter is ALL about Mercy, Divine Mercy.  If it is not, there is no real reason to even get out of bed.  But it is.  I know it, heart and soul. 
So today, I join in the prayer:
“….for the sake of His sorrowful passion, 
Have Mercy on us, and on the whole world.”
Happy Easter…still easter….yay…..

5 thoughts on “>Divine Mercy

  1. >I just love the Divine Mercy devotion and especially love this day. Usually we all head to church for the prayer service together but today we are going in so many directions. We must sit and pray a chaplet together though at the very least. Thanks for the shout out and the reminder! Blessings to you and yours!

  2. >Wondering if you read the book we chatted about? The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul? Powerful, powerful…..I'm a believer:)!!! I love that Jesus chose Saint Maria Faustina to share His words of Mercy…she, quite honestly, did a fabulous job, made it super easy for someone like me to really understand! I am moved and humbled and wanting to shout to anyone who wants to hear me….TODAY is DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY:) If you or anyone else have not read this beautiful diary I humbly ask you, please do, you will be so thankful, I know I am….hope to wrap up the rest of the Diary by the time this school year is over…about 3/4's of the way through!! Wondering what your thoughts have been while reading?Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, pray for us!!!

  3. >I, just popped onto the picture you have shared….this is actually a request, per Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska that came to her from Jesus…He is the One who gave this Image to Saint Maria Faustina….makes me smile to know He has given us a Self portrait of His Divine Mercy…we have one sitting on the mantle in our family room…Jesus also asked for churches to have this picture displayed in them….I'm thinking you may find one somewhere in the church you attend, hope so:)!!

  4. >Dianne, I know I know. The image that has never struck me is the one from St. Faustina/the portrait. See how rotten am I? But there you have it…the image itself of course is wonderful. But the era it was painted in can tend toward sentimental…and you know I could go on and on. If it's a good reproduction of it, very well done, I DO like it. But many of the mass media reproductions do get overlaid w/ ever more halos and glowy lighting and it doesn't draw me in. YUp. You could totally point to my snippy snotty judgemental nature, picky picky. Sigh.See how VERY much I need that Mercy?I have started the books, very good, but very slow going especially considering that I've been pedaling as fast as I can of late and STILL dropping a basket of balls every day. Happily, I can continue to plod along and read as I find time. Much to look forward to there. And last, went to a beautiful Divine Mercy service at teh Fathers of Mercy in Union KY this afternoon. Really lovely. Wild kids (mine) but lovely nevertheless.

  5. >I do understand what you are saying regarding the different reproductions, and, honestly, I wasn't even aware there were different reproductions until I noticed the pictures that are in the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina….I started studying the pictures in the Diary and thought, hmmmm, that does not look exactly like the picture we have in church or on our mantle…so, I do understand what you are saying. AND…I understand what you are saying about finding the time to truly read, meditate and retain:) much of the diary…I picked up a little devotional that has daily readings…have enjoyed the devotional, and, that is also how I read the Diary…for about 20 minutes while waiting in car pool:) I find if I read more than that trying to absorb and contemplate and meditate just seems impossible…so much, sooooo much in the Diary!!! I hope you find many days filled with snippets of Peace as you journey along with Jesus and Saint Maria Faustina!!! Your blog is a JOY!! Thank you for all you share…

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