Divine Mercy Sunday 2020

Are you discouraged that you will not be able to receive the special graces of Divine Mercy Sunday promised directly by our Lord through Saint Faustina in the 1930's? Don't be.

Even though churches are closed and you cannot go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, you can receive these special graces this Sunday, April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday. And here’s how.

Let’s begin by reading what is arguably the most important passage in Saint Faustina’s Diary, when Jesus tells Saint Faustina:

 

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 graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet (699).

There it is: Jesus promises that the soul that’s been to Confession and receives Holy Communion will be completely wiped away of the two stains that are on our soul. Those stains are sin and the punishment due to sin. The special grace promised by our Lord for Divine Mercy Sunday is nothing less than the equivalent of a complete renewal of baptismal grace in the soul.

But how can you receive this complete forgiveness of sins and remission of all punishment? After all, churches are closed and Confession and Communion are not available.

There is, however, still a way to receive this grace.

Do these two things on Divine Mercy Sunday with the intention to turn away from sin in your life:

  1. Make an Act of Contrition

Since you are unable to get to Confession, make an Act of Contrition, instead. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Among the penitent’s acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is ‘sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again'” (1451).

You thereby will be completely forgiven of all sins, even “mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (Catechism, 1452).

  1. Make a Spiritual Communion

Since churches are closed and you cannot receive Holy Communion, make a Spiritual Communion instead, asking God to come into your heart as if you received Him sacramentally — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. For instance, you can say this:

 

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament. 
I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. 
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
As though You were already there, 
I embrace You and unite myself to You; 
permit not that I should ever be separated from You. 
Amen. 

Again, do this act of trust with the intent to return to the sacrament of Holy Communion as soon as possible.

Optional prayer :

‘Lord Jesus Christ, You promised Saint Faustina that the soul that has been to Confession [I’m unable, but I made an Act of Contrition] and the soul that receives Holy Communion [I’m unable, but I made a Spiritual Communion] will receive the complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Lord Jesus in virtue of Your Passion, grant me this grace.’

 

Unlike the church’s plenary indulgence, there is no requirement of having perfect detachment from sin. So long as you have the desire to receive this great grace this Sunday and the intention to amend your life, you will be completely cleansed with grace (actual grace) similar to our original Baptism (sacramental grace). It is important to note that when saying the Act of Contrition, you do so with Great Trust in God’s infinite Mercy and with the intention to return to the Sacrament of Holy Communion when the churches reopen. All God asks is that we come to Him with trust: “The graces of My mercy are drawn by the means of one vessel only, and that is – trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive” (Diary entry 1578).