God’s gift to our time

In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), the young Polish nun whose visions of Jesus Christ revealed to the world the boundless love and mercy of Our Lord. “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy,” Jesus said to St. Faustina. In his sermon at the canonization Mass, Pope John Paul declared that the message of Divine Mercy is “God’s gift to our time.” In a world filled with suffering, violence, and confusion, the pope urged us to take refuge in the Divine Mercy. And to encourage this devotion, which he considered so important to the spiritual life of all Catholics, he proclaimed that the Sunday after Easter would henceforth be the feast of Divine Mercy, thereby fulfilling one of the requests Christ made through St. Faustina.

Blessed John Paul II recognized that the choice of the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday was not random, but drew attention to the intimate connection between the Paschal Mystery and the infinite mercy of God. Filled with loving compassion for all of fallen, sinful humanity, Christ suffered a terrible death on the cross to reconcile the world with the Father. “In this way,” Pope John Paul wrote in his 1980 encyclical, Dives in Misericordia (on the mercy of God), “redemption involves the revelation of mercy in its fullness.” Five years after canonizing Sister Faustina, as he faced the last hours of his life, Blessed John Paul II made two final requests: to have the Bible read to him, and to celebrate the vigil Mass for the feast of Divine Mercy. He would die on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), the young Polish nun whose visions of Jesus Christ revealed to the world the boundless love and mercy of Our Lord. Divine Mercy Sunday is now celebrated the First Sunday after Easter. (From the OSV pamphlet, 'Blessed John Paul II, the Pope of Divine Mercy.')

Faustina: Apostle of Divine Mercy

An ordinary Polish nun, during the time between the world wars, was granted extraordinary visions of God’s mercy. At times ridiculed and even persecuted, St. Faustina never wavered in her faith in that revelation. Read an excerpt from her biography. 

Her biography, "Faustina, Apostle of Divine Mercy," by Catherine M. Odell is illustrated with photographs and includes a chapter of St. Faustina’s own words and prayers. Order here.

Pope John Paul II's Homily

Given on the first universal celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, 2001, the homily is titled, "Divine Mercy: The Easter Gift." Read more.

Pope John Paul II's Ways of Divine Mercy

Here's how to incorporate the way of Divine Mercy into your life --by speaking, practicing, praying. Read more.

Divine Mercy Sunday web site

For more information on this feast and how you can celebrate it in your life, visit the official Divine Mercy site.