Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday: Day of Mercy

Good Friday

The day Our Lord suffered and died for us.

Suffering unimaginably, willingly, even gladly... until death. All because he loves you.

The greatest victory world will ever know.

How can we ever thank Him enough?

A few suggestions...

Obey His Father's commandments.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Pray, fast and pray some more.

Love and honor His Mother and Foster Father.

Pick up your cross and follow Jesus.

and finally

tell everyone you can about His mercy!

Which brings me to the fact that one of the Church's most powerful novenas begins today

The Divine Mercy Novena.

Please join in this magnificent prayer!

Background ( courtesy

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.

He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

Prayer for Today, Good Friday

"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,
and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.


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