Divine Mercy Sunday
Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday! Today we thank God for His abundant mercy. So many people went to Confession during Holy Week. It was incredibly humbling to witness the outpouring of God’s mercy. I’m so proud of you for taking advantage of this incredible Sacrament. May each of us be filled with God’s mercy. Thank you for experiencing God’s Mercy.
Today (Sunday April 16) we have our Divine Mercy Celebration at 3pm at Immaculate Conception. We gather to thank God for His forgiveness and kindness.
On top of this, the Church in the United States, today, marks the promulgation of a new translation of the Order of Penance. The Order of Penance is the structure and the official ritual for Confession. There is nothing that will change for you in Confession, so don’t fret. We priests have a slight change in the words of absolution. Fr. Willig and I have diligently worked to memorize this new prayer.
I flipped through the new book and found numerous Acts of Contrition. Whichever Act of Contrition that you normally use is fine, including one you memorized in second grade. However, I want to share a couple of the other Acts of Contrition in this new book. They are quite lovely. Feel free to use one of these or any other Act of Contrition:
Remember, Lord, the compassion and mercy you showed long ago. Do not recall my sins and failings. In your mercy remember me, Lord. Because of your goodness.
Father, I have sinned against you and I am not worthy to be called your son/daughter. Be merciful to me, a sinner.
O God, most merciful Father, like the Prodigal son, I turn to you and say: I have sinned against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your child. O Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, like the thief to whom you opened the gates of paradise, I beg you: Lord, remember me in your kingdom. O holy Spirit, fount of love, with trust I call upon you: Purify me; make me walk as a child of the light.
Lord Jesus, who opened the eyes of the blind, healed the sick, forgave the sinful woman, and, after his denial, confirmed Peter in your love, hear my plea: forgive all my sins, renew me in your love, and grant that I may live in perfect communion with my brothers and sisters and so proclaim your salvation to all.
Happy Feast of Divine Mercy!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sean Wilson