Sunday, April 7, 2013
Sunday for Divine Mercy
Our family likes to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, so today's feast day is most welcomed! Started by Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy Sunday occurs on the octave of Easter to remind us that Jesus' salvation of souls is his greatest act of mercy. Father Benjamin gave a great homily about the Titanic. Exactly 101 years ago, on the Sunday after Easter, a converted Englishman who was a priest said mass on board the ship with his portable altar and sacred vessels. When the ship later collided with an iceberg, he went down to the 3rd class cabins and began giving blessings on the foreheads of the children. He remained on deck throughout the ordeal, praying the Rosary with Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and all men alike. The meaning of bravery is most clearly understood with our eyes fixed on mercy.