Jesus said the following about the Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday:
Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of
sins and punishment. (Diary 300)
I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated
publicly so that every soul may know about it. (Diary 341)
This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of
my tender mercies. (Diary 420)
On one occasion, I heard these words: 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.*[our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow
are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is
so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.
Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul
in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of
Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. 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. (Diary 699)
Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy,
which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and
everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it. (Diary 742)
I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy
Communion on the Feast of My mercy. (Diary 1109)
On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to
draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of
man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come
forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will
contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very
depths of tenderness. 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. (Diary of Divine
This message, spoken by Jesus to Saint Faustina in 1931, has now come true. What was spoken
in the solitude of a cloistered convent in Płock Poland, now is celebrated by the Universal
Church throughout the whole world!
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament was known to very few people during
her lifetime. But through her, God has spoken the message of His abundant mercy to the entire
Church and world. What is this message? Though its content is endless and unfathomable, here
are five key ways that Jesus desires this new devotion to be lived:
The first way is through meditation on the sacred image of The Divine Mercy. Saint Faustina
was asked by Jesus to have an image of His merciful love painted for all to see. It’s an image of
Jesus with two rays shining forth from His Heart. The first ray is blue, indicating the font of
Mercy coming forth through Baptism; and the second ray is red, indicating the font of Mercy
poured forth through the Blood of the Holy Eucharist.
The second way is through the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus told Saint Faustina
that He desired an annual solemn Feast of Mercy. This Solemnity of Divine Mercy was
established as a universal celebration on the Eighth day of the Octave of Easter. On that day the
floodgates of Mercy are opened and many souls are made holy.
The third way is through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The chaplet is a treasured gift. It’s a gift
that we should seek to pray each and every day.
The fourth way is by honoring the hour of Jesus’ death every day. “ It was at 3 o’clock that Jesus
took His last breath and died upon the Cross. It was Friday. For this reason, Friday should always
be seen as a special day to honor His Passion and ultimate Sacrifice. But since it took place at 3
o’clock, it is also important to honor that hour each and every day. This is the ideal time to pray
the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. If the Chaplet is not possible, it’s at least important to pause and
give thanks to our Lord every day at that time.
The fifth way is through the Apostolic Movement of The Divine Mercy. This movement is a call
from our Lord to actively engage in the work of spreading His Divine Mercy. This is done by
spreading the message and by living Mercy toward others.
On this, the Eighth Day of the Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, ponder the above desires
of the heart of Jesus. Do you believe that the message of Divine Mercy is meant not only for you
but also for the whole world? Do you seek to understand and incorporate this message and
devotion into your life? Do you seek to become an instrument of mercy to others? Become a
disciple of The Divine Mercy and seek to spread this Mercy in the ways given to you by God.
My merciful Lord, I trust in You and in Your abundant Mercy! Help me, this day, to deepen my
devotion to Your merciful heart and to open my soul to the treasures that pour forth from this
font of Heavenly riches. May I trust You, Love You and become an instrument of You and Your
Mercy to the whole world.
Jesus, I trust in You!