Divine Mercy, Post Birth Abortion, Morning After Pills for Little Girls, Gay Marriage, Polyamory, Sequesters, Unending Undeclared Wars and Us

Divine mercySunday is Divine Mercy Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday is based on the visions of St Faustina and was instituted by Pope John Paul II.

There is a Divine Mercy Novena which you can pray in the week and a half before the feast. Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday all come during the busy time of the year for me, which is what I blame for the fact that I have forgotten to start this Novena in time every. single. year. It might be due to the fact that I am, as one commenter accused me of being, “a lukewarm Catholic.” But I kinda doubt it. I think I forget it because I’m an absent-minded Catholic with a lot on her plate.

My excuses don’t change the fact that Divine Mercy is an opportunity for a spiritual deep-cleaning that no one should miss. I’m not going to try to explain Divine Mercy Sunday because I couldn’t find anything I could link to that was simple, clear-cut and authoritative. I’ve read the Apostolic Decree establishing the feast, as well as clarifications from the Vatican to the United States Conference of Bishops, but I don’t feel comfortable laying down a 1-2-3 list for other people to follow.

Here is what I do feel I can say. The fount of Jesus’ mercy is opened to us in a more thorough way if we will got to confession (I’ve read that going to confession during Lent suffices) and then take communion on Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus promised through his saints that we would receive a total remission of our sins on this day, something akin to what we received at our baptism. The important things (to me at least) are a willingness to face our own sinfulness and seek forgiveness in confession and then to unite ourselves with the risen Christ in the eucharist.

I am not speaking for anyone else but myself here. I am certainly not quoting Church authorities, but I don’t think Christ gave us this great gift of Divine Mercy just to save ourselves. I think it is also a way of equipping us spiritually to go forth and proclaim the Good News by how we live, what we say and to whomever we meet. 

We are, all of us, as God told Abraham, “blessed to be a blessing.”

So what does this have to do with post birth abortion, morning after pills for little girls, gay marriage, polyamory, sequesters, unending undeclared wars and us? For that matter, what do we have to do with anything on that list?

William Butler Yeats wrote in The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.Falconer2withPeregirne

The falcon cannot hear the falconer.

We are the falcon and Christ is the falconer. We live in a world whose center cannot hold. Our job — our seemingly impossible job — is to be light in a world that loves the darkness, craves death and hates the truth. We cannot be the light if we are ourselves part of the darkness. No matter how talented, sincere or dedicated we are, we can not be the light of Christ in a blackened world if we are still in love with our own sins. We delude ourselves if we think that.

Divine Mercy Sunday is a day when the sacrifice of Calvary and the reality of the Resurrection unite in one great gift of complete forgiveness for those who are willing to seek and accept it. It is a gift to us. It is also a way of blessing us, so that we can become a blessing.

  • http://theshepherdspresence.wordpress.com Karyl

    That second to last paragraph is packed full of truth! Our job is a big one, daunting. Without the power of Christ, we cannot do it, and we cannot do it without Him.

  • Bill S

    “We live in a world whose center cannot hold. Our job — our seemingly impossible job — is to be light in a world that loves the darkness, craves death and hates the truth.”

    How does this modern world love the darkness? How does it crave death? What makes you think it hates the truth?

    I don’t see any of those things when I look at the modern world. I see a world that is rising above the darkness of ignorance and superstition. I see a world that combats death from diseases like cancer, AIDS, heart conditions, etc. I see a world searching for the truth.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Bill, I edited your comment rather than delete it because I think you raise something worth discussing in this first part. I deleted the second part because it was just another tired restatement of your disdain for religion which you’ve said to over and over and over already. If you object to the editing rather than the deleting, I won’t do it again.

    • Theodore Seeber

      “How does this modern world love the darkness? How does it crave death? What makes you think it hates the truth?”

      Your posts in favor of euthanasia, abortion, and gay marriage have, more than anything I have ever read, proved to me that atheism and nihilism come from a place of hate, darkness, and truth avoidance. Even more so than reading Dawkins and Ayn Rand did- for they never knew the truth, and you’ve rejected the truth.

    • Barbara

      In terms of the last question, the modern world denies the very existence of truth. It rejects truth as the imposition of the powerful upon the weak, rather than the center of gravity around which everything turns. The reason why it does this is the same reason it loves the darkness and craves death, because it has placed the pursuit of pleasure at the center of all things. Pleasure has become and idol, and as with all idols, they are dictators, accepting nothing that would mitigate their influence over our lives. If you question a dictator or undermine his power, he has you killed. If a child is conceived that would require a putting aside of pleasure for self-sacrifice, it is killed. If a terminal illness would reduce a person’s capacity for pleasure, then they should kill themselves. If the truth reveals a terrible cost of that pleasure, the truth must be suppressed, and if its hard to suppress it must be neutered and relativized. No one is relativist about truth except turning on matters of sexual morality. Only a madman would be a relativist about gravity, ( if not, one slip down the stairs would disabuse him of the notion). Only a psychopath would be relativist about rape and murder (well and maybe Whoopi Goldberg, who seems to think there are separate criteria for “rape” and “rape rape”) No, relativism only applies to sex. So that the modern world can have its sexual pleasure without “stigma” it is selling the entire metaphysical metanarrative down the river, leaving us little more than rutting animals with enough excercise of reason and will to kill ourselves, but not enough to seek the good, the true of the beautiful

      • Bill S

        “It rejects truth as the imposition of the powerful upon the weak, rather than the center of gravity around which everything turns.”

        Barbara,

        The “truth” you are referring to involves the existence of God, the resurrection of Jesus, the elevation of Jesus to the Son of God, the Holy Trinity, etc. This is not the truth to the “World” as you would define the World as being different from the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant.

        I don’t believe in that truth. I believe in the truth that science seeks out and defines a little bit better every day.

        • savvy

          There is a difference between revelation and natural reasoning. You seem to be dismissing an argument put forth by a theist, simply based on the fact that the person is a theist, even if the arguments might be the same as that of a non-theist?

        • Theodore Seeber

          The truth that science is seeking, is God. He is The Way, the Truth, and The Life.

          The mechanical universe is a logical fallacy.

  • Helen

    Thank you for this message. Very well thought out.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    So true on the falcon not hearing the falconer. I love that poem and many times I think of it when I see how we are spiraling downward. And the poem was written if I recall around 1920. Can you imagine what Yeats would say about today?

    We are all in such need of Divine Mercy because we are all responsible for the state of things in some way. God help us. If you want to hear an absolutely beautiful song about Divine Mercy, sung by Annie Karto, I posted it on my blog here:
    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2013/04/faith-filled-friday-divine-mercy-flood.html

  • http://sbkidde.blogspot.com Steve Kidde

    Did that vulture scare away the falcon? If I were the falconer I believe that I would flee. Run. Get away from the big bird with the large talons! Quickly. :-)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      You’re right! It does look like a vulture. It’s supposed to be a falcon. It said so on photo bucket. But then, what does photobucket know? I’ll look and see if I can find a falcon falcon and falconer. If not, we may be stuck with a vulture falcon and falconer. :-)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I changed it. The photo isn’t nearly as dramatic, but I think it is a falcon.

    • Ted Seeber

      Looks like a falcon now. Yes

  • FW Ken

    Add to the list Washington state’s flirtation with a bill that would require insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion. Apparently, the bill died in one of the houses but the governor is firmly in support, so it will come back again next session. Clearly, the game plan is to force us all to pay for, and become morally complicit in abortion.

    • Ted Seeber

      Here’s the sad part- the CATHOLIC governor is in support….mechanistic atheism has made great inroads into destroying morality.

  • http://backoftheworld.com Ryan M.

    This year, Divine Mercy Sunday is especially special for me: our infant daughter will be baptized during the morning Mass. We couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate Divine Mercy’s role in our lives than to bring our beautiful girl to the very Sacrament of mercy and forgiveness!

    Thanks for the great post. Anytime you can work a Yeats poem into an already-good post, you’re going to impress me :)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Congratulations! You have a wonderful Divine Mercy Sunday ahead of you — one in a lifetime. Treasure it.

  • Bill S

    I’m OK with my comments being edited. I just have a real problem with Catholicism being dubbed “the Truth”. Catholics are the ones who have set up the dichotomy between the Church Militant and the World. The World never said “it’s us against them”. That is all the doing of religions like Islam and Catholicism. In doing so, they dismiss all of the good in the World. Then, when they are losing the battle they cry “persecution”. As if they don’t try to persecute others when they get the chance.

    • savvy

      Nobody is dismissing the good in the world. It’s your definition of good that is problematic. Nobody is crying persecution. It’s coming. The priest at the Newman Centre is being attacked for being a Catholic priest at a Catholic centre. How will my marriage affect you is what I often here. This is how.


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