This weekend we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday a designation which began in the 1930’s when Jesus chose a humble Polish nun, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, to receive revelations from Him pertaining to Divine Mercy that were recorded in her Diary. St. Faustina’s Diary records 14 different occasions when Jesus requested that a Feast of Mercy be observed: “My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. 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. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. … Let no soul fear to draw near to Me. … It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”

On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of St. Faustina. St. John Paul II decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. St. John Paul explains:

“This was precisely the time when those ideologies of evil, Nazism and communism, were taking shape. Sister Faustina became the herald of the one message capable of off-setting the evil of those ideologies, that fact that God is mercy—the truth of the merciful Christ. And for this reason, when I was called to the See of Peter, I felt impelled to pass on those experiences of a fellow Pole that deserve a place in the treasury of the universal Church.”

This century we have lost an understanding of the sanctity and dignity of the human person, thus it is no surprise that we are living in a world filled with sordid evil acts. We are in dire need of a message of mercy – but there is hope! God always meets evil with an abundance of mercy. This is why we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday! The truth is that God loves us and is waiting for us to approach Him in a childlike way. He wants to guide us on a path that will ensure our salvation and to work through us to bring comfort and consolation to those who are in need around us. Let us pray together for those who have left the Church, for our neighbors who have strayed off the path that leads to Christ, and for all of us gathered together today in His Holy Name as we proclaim; “Jesus, I trust in you!”