25 April 2017

The Feast of Divine Mercy in Jerusalem

On Sunday, April 23, the religious communities and the pilgrims of the Holy Land celebrated the Feast of Divine Mercy in the Basilica of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.

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Honoring the visions of Sr. Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun canonized by Pope Wojtyla in 2000, the Feast of the Divine Mercy was officially established in the Church by St. John Paul II in 1992, to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, the so-called "Sunday in albis”.

Fr. KAROL KULPA, sbd
Salesians of Don Bosco - Jerusalem
"Jesus especially told Santa Sister Faustina, and she wrote it in her diary, that trusting in God is the only essential thing to do, without making calculations and without reasoning. We need to trust that God is good, that He is merciful, so that no one is afraid to approach Him."

In 2016, a year dedicated to Mercy, one of the holy doors was opened in the Basilica of Gethsemane, in Jerusalem. On Sunday, April 23, on the Octave of Easter, representatives of the various religious communities of the Holy Land, along with many pilgrims, commemorated this festival.

Fr. KAROL KULPA, sbd
Salesians of Don Bosco - Jerusalem
"Today, just like Thomas, we can truly touch the merciful heart of God, we can place our hand in His heart: He is hurt.
We experience it when we go to confession and when we receive the Eucharist. These are the most intimate moments, when we can totally unite ourselves with God."

On this day, when the deep bond between the Easter mystery of Redemption and the celebration of mercy is revealed, the icon of merciful Jesus is the depiction of the Word of God.

Fr. KAROL KULPA, sbd
Salesians of Don Bosco - Jerusalem
"In the image of the Divine Mercy, Jesus demanded the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You”. Our trust in Him is all God wants from us. God just wishes us to express our desire to be with Him, our trust in Him: God will do the rest.”