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Divine Mercy

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St Pope John Paul II had a particular love for the revelations given to St Faustina regarding the inexhaustible mercy of God. In August 2002 when visiting the Divine Mercy Shrine near Krakow in Poland he said:

How much the world is in need of the mercy of God today! In every continent, from the depths of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise. In those places where hatred and the thirst for revenge are overwhelming, where war brings suffering and the death of innocents, one needs the grace of mercy to pacify the minds and the hearts and make peace spring forth. In those places where there is less respect for life and human dignity, one needs the merciful love of God, in whose light we see the ineffable value of every single human being. Mercy is needed to ensure that every injustice may find its solution in the splendour of truth….”

How true and how urgent these words are for us today….

As we continue to bask in the glory of the Resurrection, we must ask ourselves; are we quick to seek forgiveness, but slow to give it? If this is the case lets pray for the grace to allow the Risen Christ to bring about within us a greater aptitude for forgiveness. For we pray so often the words “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”

Fr John

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