I have always had a love for divine mercy Sunday. Maybe it is my Polish heritage. Maybe it the fact that my priest friend was the miracle that the Vatican used for the canonization of Saint Faustina. I remember hearing the priest, who was the advocate for saint Faustina, saying that the grace of divine mercy Sunday was the grace of a second baptism. Last year I went to where saint Faustina is buried, and there written in the stone it says, ‘The grace of divine mercy Sunday is the grace of a second baptism.’
Q. What extraordinary graces are available on Divine Mercy Sunday?
A. Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina His desire to literally flood us with His graces on that day. He told her: On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. The soul that will go to Confession [beforehand] and receive Holy Communion [on that day] shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (Diary 699).
The theologian who examined St. Faustina’s writings for the Holy See, Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, explained that this is the promise of a complete renewal of baptismal grace, and in that sense like a “second Baptism” (in much the same way that St. Catherine of Siena called sacramental Confession, undertaken out of true love of God, an “ongoing Baptism”) (The Dialogue, no. 75).
The extraordinary graces promised to the faithful by our Lord Himself through St. Faustina should not be confused with the plenary indulgence granted by Pope John Paul II for the devout observance of the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday). The Decree of the Holy See offers:
“A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!)…”
May we receive this great grace given to us on divine mercy Sunday. May we always be merciful in our thoughts, words and actions.