Each year the Church dedicates time in the Easter season to celebrate Divine Mercy. Christ revealed himself as Divine Mercy to Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, in the beginning of the 20th century. In the year 2000—upon Saint Faustina’s canonization— Saint Pope John Paul II declared that the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Saint Faustina (1905-1938) was a religious sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy who received many visions and revelations from Our Lord and his mother, Mary. She kept a diary of ongoing visions and from it came The Devotion to Divine Mercy. Jesus instructed Saint Faustina to make known his infinite mercy to the world: to paint the image of Divine Mercy and to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on the Second Sunday of Easter . The Divine Mercy Chaplet comes from Saint Faustina’s diary and through her, Christ instructs us all to be beacons of His mercy to the world.
Divine Mercy Community Study This May
Amidst our personal failures and the struggles of daily life it can be easy to forget that Christ desires a relationship with us. He wants us to come to him with our shortcomings and open ourselves to his merciful heart. But this is a difficult task to learn.
When we let God work in us, we are fully alive! In times of sickness and injury Christ’s mercy is needed more than ever. CMF CURO, a Catholic health care organization, is striving to help each and every one of its members become fully alive through the infinite mercy of God. That’s why CMF CURO will be hosting a small group study this May to help our members grow in understanding of Divine Mercy. This a great opportunity for intentional fellowship and interior growth through the understanding of Christ’s deep desire for every soul!
For more information and to sign up, please click here.
Mariah Buzza has been a victim of the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church and uses her story to help others find healing through the teachings of the Church. Her writing reflects on why she is still Catholic despite the injustice she and others have suffered at the hands of priests and volunteers. She is employed by the Christ Medicus Foundation and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University and resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.