Today is Sunday, April 28th, 2019 which is Divine Mercy Sunday. The first video below is only 3 minutes and 29 seconds long. The second video brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it on EWTN BEFORE becoming Catholic. It's 21 minutes long.
NOTE: Around the 2 minute and 44 second mark is where the music and singing starts. It' BEAUTIFUL.
That's how I have the video cued up. Feel free to start it at the beginning if you'd like
I first saw the video above on EWTN before becoming Catholic. It brought tears to my eyes. The video above has had over 7.6 million views as of when I wrote this.
The image on on the left with "Jesus, I Trust in You" is the image associated with Divine Mercy Sunday and Sister Faustina's encounter with Jesus. To learn more about Divine Mercy Sunday ( also known as the Feast of Divine Mercy ), you can visit wikipedia.
I love the words "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." If you have never prayed those words using the Rosary, you can find more information . here on how to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Fr. Larry Richards has suggested many times on EWTN radio to pray for others using "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world" but inserting name of someone like this "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on John Doe and on the whole world." So if you have a friend, family member or even someone you may consider an enemy or you may have come across someone like a street preacher on YouTube that's less than kind to Catholics and/or the Catholic Church, you could pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet inserting their name.
Many non-Catholics may use scripture like "vain repetition" to argue against praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy like they would the Rosary. But they misunderstand what Jesus is saying in Matthew 6:7 about vain repetition. To learn more, just check out this article by Tim Staples.
Meditating on the Passion of Christ while asking Him to have mercy on us ( or a particular person ) and on the whole world is just one of many great ways to pray. It helps us when we focus on the Cross and God's mercy ( compassion / forgiveness ). It helps us when we use someone's name to focus on God's mercy for that person ( healing, salvation, compassion, forgiveness, etc. ). It also helps us think of others beyond ourself when we say and "on the whole world."
The way our world is today. People need God's mercy. Each of us need God's mercy. It's true that God may only need to hear at one time. But for us weak humans, we help lock things into our minds by meditating over and over on the same words. If you have ever tried to learn a new Bible verse, I'm sure you said it over and over and over trying to get it to stick in your mind.
Give this Bible verse a try if you don't already know it: Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Renew your mind by saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. As I said earlier, you can find more information . here on how to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
How's your relationship with Jesus?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a Virgin, died on the Cross of Calvary and shed His blood for the sins of the world. He rose again on the 3rd day and is seated at the right hand of God the father. Jesus said in John 14:6 "“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me."
Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you turned from sin and turned to Him? Christ loves you. His message is not a message of hate. It's a message of Love. But hell is real for those who reject Christ.
I Timothy 2:3-4 "....it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." Yes, God desires ALL MEN to be SAVED. However, God gives us free will and we each have to decide if we will accept God's free gift of Salvation through his Son Jesus Christ or reject Christ."
If you are a Catholic Christian, live the Catholic faith to the fullest. Put Christ first in your life. Don't be a box checker. It's more to having a relationship with Christ than showing up one hour per week to Church. I'm not saying that's you because I know a lot of Catholics who actively live their faith and have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you are "not" a Catholic Christian, I encourage you to consider the Catholic Christian faith. Start by visiting a local Catholic Church, reach out to the parish ( church ) office, find a Catholic who lives their faith, visit Catholic.com and listen to Called To Communion on EWTN. All of these ways are a great way to get started.
If you don't profess to be a Christian, repent of your sins, turn to Christ as Savior and see the paragraph above. The reality is that Christ knows your heart and knows if you are truly seeking Him. Although Hell is real, God is not out with the goal of sending you there. It's up to you. It doesn't take a bunch of fancy words to begin the journey. The key is to begin the journey with a sincere desire to let Christ be LORD OF YOUR LIFE.
BAPTISM: The Catholic Church teaches the necessity of Baptism as the Bible also clearly teaches. The Church will accept a valid Baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If you have never been baptized or do not have a valid Baptism, please reach out to the closest Catholic Church near you. The Church also teaches Baptism by blood and by desire. For example, Baptism by blood is dying ( being martyred ) for the faith before one was able to be Baptized by water. Baptism by desire is having the desire to be baptized but dying before one was able to be Baptized by water.
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