Hobart Archbishop Promotes Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Gifts

The Archbishop of Hobart (Tasmania), Julian Porteous – who was recently notified by Tasmania’s Anti-discrimination Commissioner that a complaint had been laid against him in relation to the distribution, to the families of students in the Catholic schools, of the pro-traditional marriage booklet Don’t Mess With Marriage – has been tireless in his promotion of the devotion of the Divine Mercy. According to a Tasmanian Catholic (letter 30 Mar, 2016): “The Archbishop … has really been ‘plugging’ Divine Mercy, he couldn’t do any more”.

For Lent, Archbishop Porteous issued a magnificent small formatted 28-page booklet, entitled:

 

The Time of Mercy:

A Spiritual Reflection For The Year of Mercy

 

which we would recommend every reader to try to get hold of.

The address given at the back of the pamphlet is: www.hobart.catholic.org.au

If one were to look for a ‘theory of everything’ (as referred to in the ‘Modern Physics’ article above), then one need go no further than this booklet. Its Contents are:

 

Preface

Introduction

This is the time of mercy

Why is this the time of mercy?

Receiving Mercy

Have Mercy on us and on the whole world

Merciful like the Father

Pope’s Prayer for Year of Mercy

Parables and Psalms on Mercy

Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

A guide to Confession

 

This booklet leaves nothing unsaid!

{For a sample of the Archbishop’s earlier work on Divine Mercy, see his 2014 Talking Point: “The world needs the mercy of God”, on p. 9}.

 

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A correspondent has also strongly recommended a “wonderful new book” by Fr. Michael Gaitley, “The Second Greatest Story Ever Told”.

 

 

“It is incredible because Father ties all of history together – Bible – Polish History – Fatima – before that, Sacred Heart devotion – Divine Mercy – True Devotion”.

 

The world needs the mercy of God

 

April 25, 2014

 

Talking Point by Archbishop Julian Porteous

 

IN the year 2000, as a new millennium was being ushered in, Pope John Paul II instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy, a feast to be celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter.

Clearly in the mind of the pope was the particular relevance of this feast and the devotion to the Divine Mercy for our times.

In fact Pope John Paul had commented, “Right from the beginning of my ministry in St Peter’s See in Rome I consider this message my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world.”

 

The apparitions to St Faustina emphasised the mercy of God and urged people to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion today.

The Diary of Saint Faustina tells of the message concerning this day:

 

“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (Diary 699)

 

At a time when the practice of confession has fallen off among so many Catholics this call of Christ to discover grace of the sacrament is important.

Of course, the call to approach the Sacrament of Mercy on this feast day, should be an encouragement to use the sacrament regularly, at least monthly.

Devotion to the Divine Mercy may also be a providential act of God to help the Catholic people to return to this sacrament. The Lord wanted to link going to Confession with acts of mercy.

Just as the Lord taught his disciples that once receiving mercy we should show mercy ourselves, and as we pray in the Lord’s Prayer – forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us – so the mercy we taste in the confessional should move our hearts to express a generous mercy to others.

 

One expression of this desire to show mercy is to pray in intercession for the needs of the whole world. In the chaplet we pray,

“Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a powerful prayer.

Again we can refer to the words received by St Faustina,

 

“Whoever will recite it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I want the whole world to know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My Mercy …” (Diary 687)

 

The world needs mercy.

Firstly the world needs the mercy of God.

Through the revelations to St Faustina the Lord Jesus is calling upon us to intercede for the world, crying out for mercy.

 

Secondly we need mercy.

We are sinners.

We cannot remain in our sins. We need to approach the Sacrament of Mercy, the confessional, and to do so regularly.

 

Thirdly, we need to be instruments of mercy to others. The injunction of the Lord in the Our Father must be our constant inspiration: we will forgive others, as we seek forgiveness ourselves.

 

Archbishop Julian Porteous is the Archbishop of Hobart.

 

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Pope Francis Makes Surprise Announcement at Divine Mercy Prayer Vigil

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has made a surprise announcement to dioceses around the world, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.

Addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square at a Saturday evening prayer vigil for the Jubilee of Divine Mercy — 11 years to the day after the death of St. John Paul II — the pope announced his wish that, in every diocese, “a hospital, a home for the elderly, for abandoned children, a school where none exists, a home for the recovery of addicts,” or some similar structure be established as “a living memory” of the Year of Mercy.

The Pope said the idea came to him recently during a meeting with directors of a charitable agency. But he thought to himself: “I will share it in the square on Saturday.”

“There are so many things that could be done,” he said. “It would be very good for each diocese to consider: what can we leave as a living memory, as a work of living mercy, as a wound of the living Jesus for this Year of Mercy? Let us reflect on this and speak to the bishops about it.”

The surprise announcement came after Pope Francis told pilgrims at the prayer vigil that “a faith that cannot be merciful, as the Lord’s wounds were a sign of mercy, is not faith: it is an idea, an ideology.”

In Jesus, he said, “we are able not only to touch the mercy of God with our hands, but we are inspired to become instruments of his mercy.”

“A faith that is not able to touch the Lord’s wounds, is not faith!” he continued in impassioned and unscripted remarks. “Our faith is incarnated in a God who was made man, who became sin (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21), who was wounded for us. But if we really want to believe and have faith, we must draw near and touch those wounds, caress those wounds and even lower our head and allow others to sooth our wounds.”

The Divine Mercy prayer vigil also featured readings from Scripture, sacred music, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Here below we publish the official English text of Pope Francis’ address.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Good evening! With joy and thanksgiving we come together to share this time of prayer that begins Mercy Sunday. It is a liturgical feast which Saint John Paul II ardently desired, and a response to the request of Sister Faustina. The testimonies offered – for which we are grateful – and the readings we have just heard provide us the light and hope needed to enter the great ocean of God’s mercy. How many are the expressions of mercy with which God encounters us? They are numerous and it is impossible to describe them all, for the mercy of God continually increases. God never tires of showing us mercy and we should never take for granted the opportunity to receive, seek and desire this mercy. It is something always new, which inspires awe and wonder as we see God’s immense creativity in the ways he comes to meet us.

God has revealed himself, on many occasions, through his name which is “mercy” (cf. Ex 34:6). How great and infinite is the nature of God, so great and infinite his mercy, to the point that it is greatly challenging to describe it in all its entirety. Through Sacred Scriptures, we find that mercy is above all the closeness of God to his people. It is a closeness expressed essentially through help and protection. It is the closeness of a father or mother reflected in the beautiful words of the prophet Isaiah: “I led them with cords of compassion, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them” (11:4). This image is extremely evocative: God picks each one of us up and holds us to his cheek. How much tenderness and love is expressed here! I had these words of the prophet in mind when I saw the image for the Jubilee. Jesus not only carries humanity on his shoulders, but his face is so closely joined to Adam’s face that it gives the impression they are one.

We do not have a God who is incapable of understanding and sharing our weaknesses (cf. Heb 4:15). Quite the contrary! Precisely because of his mercy God became one of us: “For by his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every man. He worked with human hands, he thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, he has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin” (Gaudium et Spes, 22). In Jesus, therefore, we are able not only to touch the mercy of God with our hands, but we are inspired to become instruments of his mercy. It is easy to speak of mercy, yet more difficult to become its witness. This is a path that is lifelong and which should not be interrupted. Jesus has said to us that we must be “merciful as the Father” (cf. Lk 6:36). It is a lifelong endeavour.

How many expressions there are, therefore, of God’s mercy! This mercy comes to us as closeness and tenderness, and because of this, comes also as compassion and solidarity, as consolation and forgiveness. The more we receive, the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves. It is something which burns within our hearts, driving us to love, thus recognizing the face of Jesus Christ, above all in those who are most distant, weak, alone, confused and marginalized. Mercy seeks out the lost sheep, and when one is found, a contagious joy overflows. Mercy knows how to look into the eyes of every person; each one is precious, for each one is unique. How painful it is when we hear it said: “These people… these people, these poor people, let’s throw them out, let’s let them sleep on the street…” Is this of Jesus?

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