A Holy Hour for Divine Mercy
"Who can say that he is free from sin and does not need God's mercy? As people of this restless time of ours, wavering between the emptiness of self-exaltation and the humiliation of despair, we have a greater need than ever for a regenerating experience of mercy."
- Bl. Pope John Paul II
As we continue to enter more deeply into Holy Week through meditating on Christ's cross and Resurrection we are reminded of the need to offer our prayers and sacrifices to God for the sake of life, marriage, and religious liberty.
Sunday, April 7th is celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. On this day we are reminded of God's abundant love and mercy. Cathedrals and parishes throughout the country are encouraged to join together in prayer and adoration seeking God's mercy for ourselves and for our nation for offenses against life, marriage, and religious liberty. The following Holy Hour for Divine Mercy is a basic model with suggested readings and prayers for this time. Other suitable prayers may be used by the presiding minister.
Notes and quotes for reflection on Divine Mercy are available in English and Spanish.
Respect Life Program
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By Susan E. Wills
The secular media are still grappling with the challenge of fitting Pope Francis into an ideological box. Liberal, conservative, traditional, progressive, compassionate, doctrinaire?
Clearly "authentic Catholic" is not a category with which they are familiar.
What to make of a man who immerses himself in the lives and suffering of those whom some regard as "discardables"-slum-dwellers, street children, AIDs patients, the neglected elderly-bringing them faith, hope, companionship, wisdom and a sense of their human dignity, and who, at the same time, forcefully condemns today's "solutions" to the "problem" of discardables- contraception, abortion and euthanasia? READ MORE