Divine Mercy Sunday with Saint Faustina
Spazio Spadoni is accompanying the confraternities of Mercy. Mercy is the driving force behind Faustina’s spirituality
The devotion of this saint is so strong and proclaimed throughout the world that it almost seems to need no other presentation.
Why did Pope John Paul II think of instituting Divine Mercy Sunday, with the particular intention of Faustina’s holy example?
Let us see it together.
Divine Mercy Sunday inspired with Faustina was Sunday in albis
The eighth day after the great event of the Lord’s Passover was celebrated in a particularly solemn manner.
It was customary for Catholics to wear their baptismal robes, a symbol of the washing.
Unfortunately, when customs become too common, a great risk looms on the horizon: that of losing the value of the symbolic gesture.
The Lord in an apparition to St Faustina Kowalska, who is also much venerated by Catholic charismatic groups, asked her to request the establishment of a Divine Mercy Day.
St John Paul II, the pope of the young, the good Karol Wojtyla, warmly accepted this invitation after recognising the virtues of holiness of the said Saint.
There was, as far as he explained, a need to bring to light the meaning of purity, of Mercy understood more and more as a feeling of gratuitousness of per-donation.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet with Faustina
“Have mercy on us and on the whole world” is the cry of laconic hope that casts glimpses of light on the world.
The Lord’s passion is meditated upon, juncture by juncture, with particular reference to the pains experienced on the cross.
This is because Mercy is precisely this feeling of fusion and symbiotic contact between hearts.
How often do we feel our heart close to God’s?
And how often do we ask for it to be as close to God’s as possible?
The Misericordia uniform and the colours of Faustina’s Merciful Jesus
The proper name of Mercy, which is the culmination of the revelations received from St Faustina, matches the cyan that the Misericordie have chosen for their uniform.
The blue of the Merciful Jesus is in fact to be referred to humanity as the water that ebbs and flows towards the people of God, the baptismal people.
Water is a symbol of washing, purification.
Then there is white, which is like a luminous yellow full of light, the sun that watches over our steps.
And finally, there is red, symbol of the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Saint Faustina Kowalska intercede for us who believe in the remission of sins and pray that God may have mercy on us all.
Sister Ines Carlone Daughters of Mary Missionaries