Tuesday, April 4, 2017

From USCCB: Pray for Life: Divine Mercy

April 2017

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Intercession May we find forgiveness, healing, and peace in God’s Divine Mercy.
PrayersOur Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

As we prepare to enter Holy Week, we can reflect upon the Divine Mercy Christ shows us in His suffering, death, and Resurrection. By our sin, we distance or cut ourselves off from the life of God’s grace within us. But rather than leave us among the dead, our God wants to wipe away our sins and welcome us in friendship. 

His forgiveness, which brings us to life in Him, is possible in the Sacrament of Reconciliation because He first offered Himself for our sake. Trusting in God’s mercy and the power of the Resurrection, let us ask His forgiveness for the times we have failed to respect one another or to cherish His gift of life. 

Jesus’s Passion and death are not the end; they point to the joy of the Resurrection. 

“By His wounds, we were healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

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Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)
  • On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23rd this year), take some time to learn about St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy. Then pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all who suffer after abortion. 
  • Reflect on one of the Mass readings for Holy Week. How is God speaking to you?
  • Encounter Christ’s ready forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and then continue to place your trust in God’s mercy with this short prayer.
One Step Further
Read “Bridges of Mercy for Post-Abortion Healing” to learn how to extend God’s mercy to those who suffer after abortion. 
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