By, Mike. Today not only marks the beatification of Blessed John Paul II. It is also Divine Mercy Sunday. Many Catholics know little about this special day (I had never heard of it until Allison mentioned it to me this morning), perhaps because it achieved official recognition by the Church only recently. Divine Mercy Sunday is rooted in the writings of the Polish Saint Faustina, who experienced a vision in which Jesus encouraged her to spread the word of God’s […]
Especially on this day, on the occasion of his beatification, we pray for the intercession of Blessed John Paul II. We pray for strength, courage, and healing for all those who suffer. We also pray in thanksgiving for the gifts the Great Pope so emphasized during his life: the love of family, the joy of friendship, and the eternal grace of our God.