The nine-day devotion, share with the world by St. Faustina Kowalska, will end on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter.
Pope Francis has called God’s mercy “an abyss beyond our comprehension.”
“God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones ( Ezekiel 37:1-14),” the Holy Father said in his very first Easter message and blessing urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and to the World) in 2013.
“Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too,” he continued, “and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation, and make justice and peace flourish.”
One special way to bring about this transformation in our lives is to undertake the Divine Mercy Novena, which begins each year on Good Friday.
This popular, nine-day devotion was shared with the world by St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), a simple, uneducated nun from Poland chosen by Our Lord to be an apostle and secretary of his mercy.
Our Lord told St. Faustina, “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of my mercy, that they may draw … strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.”
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