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8 April 1, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC DIVINE MERCY www.upcatholic.org GENERAL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES KIRKISH FURNITURE Largest stock in the U.P." Restonic Bedding Televisions - RCA - Hitachi - Toshiba Floor Covering Free Delivery in the U.P. 1-800-535-0258 1200 W. MEMORIAL HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN See our electronics department for more specials. Great Prices Great Food Lynn & Jack Ziminski, Owners (906) 341-8070 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Manistique (906) 341-5912 200 Deer Street Manistique TWO GREAT STORES TO SERVE YOU! BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Secretary of My most profound mys- tery the Lord Jesus said to Sister Faustina know that your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me. (Diary 1693). During the turmoil of the 1930s, between the First and Second World Wars, Jesus spoke of mercy and judgment to a young Polish nun, Sis- ter Faustina Kowalska. She wrote down these revelations in a diary, which she shared with her spiritual director. Jesus asked that she not only share his words, but bring about a feast of Divine Mercy in his Church on the Octave of Easter, one week after the celebration of his resurrection. She died in 1938 at the age of 33. The Feast of Divine Mercy was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Jesus told Sister Faustina My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceiv- able mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and 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 punish- ment. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me. 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. (Diary, no. 699) Msgr. Michael Ste- ber, pastor of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette said, Its just so clear from Faustinas diary, how deeply the Lord desires us to know his mercy, to receive it, to pass it on. The Lords heart is so merciful. Theres nothing that cant be forgiven. Some- times for people, the hardest person for them to forgive is themselves. To really believe theyre forgiven. The Lord con- veys that so strongly in Divine Mercy. Jesus taught Sister Faustina the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which is prayed using a rosary. He also asked for a new devotion to an image of his Divine Mercy. This image of Jesus features two rays of light pouring from his pierced heart representing blood and water of which Pope St. John Paul II spoke in his homily at St. Faustinas can- onization in 2000, Blood and water! We immediately think of the testimony given by the Evangelist John, who, when a solid- er on Calvary pierced Christs side with his spear, sees blood and water flowing from it (cf. Jn 19: 34). Moreover, if the blood Divine Mercy, not just for Sunday Divine Mercy is one of many devotions in the Catholic Church. The following is a Q&A with Bishop John Doerfler on devotions, Divine Mercy and the Jubilee Year of Mercy we are celebrating. Q: What does Divine Mercy and Divine Mercy Sunday mean to you? A: As St. John Paul II stated in his encyclical on Gods mercy, in light of our sinful condition Gods love is revealed to us as mercy. God is love, so we experience who he is by receiving his mercy. Q: How have you personally experienced Divine Mercy? A: I frequently experience Gods mercy through the sacrament of penance. The grace of the sacrament and Gods mercy are necessary for me to turn away from sin and open my heart more and more to God. That is why I go to confession frequently. Q: How do you share Divine Mercy with others? A: The best way we can share Divine Mercy with others is to for- five them when they have harmed us. Q: Would you like to see the Divine Mercy Sunday devotion grow in the Diocese of Marquette? A: The devotion to Divine Mercy is an important devotion for our times, so I would definitely like to see it grow. Many people do not have faith, and I desire that they turn to the Lord and receive his mercy. The devotion to Divine Mercy is a devotion of hope, because Gods mercy gives us hope. Q: How do you see devotions such as Divine Mercy, the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, and such as part of the life of the average parishioner and/or parish life? A: Devotions are an important part of a persons spiritual life. We have so many to choose from in the Catholic Church that we cannot do them all! I recommend that people choose the devotions that are most meaningful to them. Q: Do you have a particular devotion and what impact has it had on you? A: My favorite devotion is the rosary, and I pray it daily. Through the rosary, Mary draws me closer to her Son, Jesus. Q: What are your thoughts on Divine Mercy and the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Marquette? A: It is my hope that during this year of mercy, that God draw many people back to the practice of their faith. It does not matter what someone has done. Gods mercy forgives all if we are sorry for our sins and desire to turn away from sin and turn toward God. A Q&A on mercy with Bishop Doerfler St. Faustina Kowalska brought the needed message of the Divine Mercy of Jesus to the world. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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