“And from his fullness have we all received grace upon grace.”
We just walked the Way of the Cross this past Holy Week, and made our way to the empty tomb, and yet, as John 1:16 proclaims, God is never done with showing us just how big, bold, beautiful, and inexhaustible that love truly is. He is just that kind of God. He keeps pouring Himself out for us, as so powerfully and graphically shown in the film “The Passion of the Christ.” Now, right after Easter, as we move this weekend into the feast of Divine Mercy Sunday, He is proving that love all over again.
Maybe you’re familiar with the message of Divine Mercy Jesus gave to St. Faustina Kowalska, a humble nun in Poland during the 20th century. You might even be devoted to reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy regularly. Or maybe you have seen that stunning image of Jesus with bold rays of red and white coming from His heart, and although you’re moved by the depiction, you’re not quite sure what it represents. It could be that you’re struggling spiritually and just need some encouragement. Whatever your situation, who among us couldn’t use a faith lift?
And this Sunday, we’re going to get a double, even a triple dose of that grace upon grace, as St. John reminds us, and you don’t have to even leave the comfort of your home. First, there will be prayer services and the beautiful Mass broadcast live on EWTN from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The broadcast will give you an opportunity to pray along with thousands of pilgrims from across the country gathering together for the Feast Day celebration. Then, that same evening, hop on to that laptop, tablet, or cell phone, and get ready to be wowed by two powerful speakers who will do with words something else The Passion of the Christ did with film: show the depth of God’s love through the incredible and unbreakable bond of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and how it relates to us as we prepare for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.
From 7pm to 8:45pm ET, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and Anthony Mullen, founder of MyConsecration.org, will be livestreaming from Stockbridge discussing the Divine Mercy message and providing practical insights and guidance. How do we go forward in this Easter season? How do we more effectively bring our faith into our everyday lives? What does the Divine Mercy message mean to me in my life right now? And how can that be developed more fully through Marian devotion? If you have questions, Fr. Chris and Anthony will have answers. All you need to do is pull up a chair, open your heart, and grab on to grace upon grace beginning this Divine Mercy Sunday.
- For more information on the Divine Mercy Devotion, visit TheDivineMercy.org
- Read Patti Maguire Armstrong’s article “Weapons for Our Time: The Divine Mercy and Our Blessed Mother”
- View EWTN on Divine Mercy Sunday – View program schedule here.
- Tune in live to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy’s livestream broadcast at 7pmET by clicking HERE.
- View and share the recordings of these talks which will be available after the evening talks at MyConsecration.org’s Divine Mercy page.