Have you ever watched an adult being baptized and wished that could be you? Think about that. Their souls are completely clean. All of their sins were washed away by the waters of Baptism. They get to start completely over with God, a fresh start, their past completely erased. Wouldn’t you want your past sins completely erased and forgotten, no punishment, just start over, all the years away from the Church, all your sins wiped out and a totally clean slate?
The good news is that it is possible. It is what Jesus wants for you. He wants to wipe out all your sins and punishment. In the 1930’s He appeared to St. Faustina and requested the establishment of the Feast of Divine Mercy to be held the first Sunday after Easter, this year on April 12, 2015 Instead of reading my words let’s look at the words of Jesus to Faustina.
“My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a 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 are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My mercy.”
“Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful Soul…be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon and lavish His graces on you. How dear your soul is to Me! I have inscribed your name upon my hand; you are engraved as a deep wound in My Heart.”
”My Child, Do you fear the God of Mercy? My holiness does not prevent Me from being merciful….You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and grant you grace. My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of my goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart.”
No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My mercy, and this is why the first Sunday after Easter is to be the Feast of Mercy. On that day, priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable mercy. ”
Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.
I desire that My mercy be worshiped, and I am giving mankind the last hope of salvation; that is, recourse to My mercy. My Heart rejoices in this feast.
I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy
Say, My daughter, that the Feast of My Mercy has issued forth from My very depths for the consolation of the whole world.
To sum up the feast, in order to receive the graces being poured out on that day one should: sincerely repent of all our sins; place our complete trust in Jesus; go to confession, preferably before that Sunday; receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast; venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy; and be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.
Don’t worry about confession. Priests are used to hearing the confessions of fallen away Catholics before the feast. For most it is a delight and privilege to help people come back to the Church. It is why many became priests. Hearing your confession after many years is a joy to them. Don’t let fear keep you away.