Sunday, May 1, 2011

Oh, Mercy Me

Divine Mercy

Painting, "Divine Mercy" Michael O'Brian

It is Divine Mercy Sunday.
I don't know about you, but I need all the mercy I can get.  
For quite some time, I didn't pay much attention to this devotion.  It seemed goofy, in a way. Sorry, but it did. I sometimes shy away from things that I haven't fully looked into and/or fully understand. And also, frankly, the more sentimentalized  traditional imagery and ever more sentimentalized editions of this devotion didn't set well with me, or my oddball aesthetic.  I know, shallow perhaps, but there it is.  My reality.

Anyhow, but as I learn more about this devotion, I am learning about the simple beauty of it.  And I think it is what we all crave.  Mercy.  Just that.  Just a little mercy. 
To that end, the Church recognized today,  the first Sunday after Easter, as Divine Mercy Sunday.  Because Easter is ALL about Mercy, Divine Mercy.  If it is not about mercy, really, there is no real reason to even get out of bed.  But it is.  I know it, heart and soul. 

So today, I join in the prayer:

"....for the sake of His sorrowful passion, 
Have Mercy on us, and on the whole world."

Happy Easter...still easter....yay.....
**reposted from last year, because this says it for me**

5 comments:

Jen said...

Oh I cold definitely use some divine mercy:)

Hattie Heaton (Mom of an Addict) said...

A wonderful tradition to help us embark upon this Easter season with appreciation for our "it's" meaning....I love it, too!

Diane said...

Posted this last year, too....please, please, please read the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.....please:-)

You will never be sorry you did!!

coffeemom said...

Diane, its on my stack of books to read...it's just slow going getting to it! Thanks for the nudging! M

Diane and family:-) said...

Coffeemom:-)

I was lead to the Diary...being a stay at home Mom, who, honestly does not seem like I'm home much, I decided I was SUPPOSED to read this book. I hunkered down, very little bites of it, 20 minutes each day in carpool....was way more than enough each day, because you will have to, HAVE to:-) reread and rethink much of what is written!! You will begin this book, and, look forward with JOY to picking it up, again, and, again! It also, just made me BEAM this past Sunday, while knowing our Parish honored Jesus' request with confession, Mass, His Divine Mercy portrait on the Altar...while singing, during Communion, the Divine Mercy Chaplet....I, having read the entire book...in my daily 20 minute time...just smiled and thought of Jesus and Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska...and Blessed John Paul II...I thought well done....Jesus, Saint Faustina and Blessed John Paul, YOU did it, your Mercy will be known world wide!! It will be, it is!!!