Today the skies open and mercies of God rain down upon all of humanity. It is the calm and even rain of God’s love for us. There are no thunderbolts. Listen to the words of Christ to Saint Faustina:
In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy. (1588)
Jesus Christ wants to heal “aching mankind.” I still have a difficult time comprehending the Divine Mercy of God. How could a God so holy desire to press sinners to His merciful heart? Yet He does and this reveals how little we know of God.
If you have read any of Saint Faustina’s Diary and the messages that Christ gives her, one thing stands out: Hell is real and Christ doesn’t want us to go there.
Here are the words of Saint Faustina on this matter:
But I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell. When I came to, I could hardly recover from the fright. How terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them. O my Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, than offend You by the least sin. (741)
Unlike sappy and sentimental versions of Christianity, her Diary doesn’t teach that God is tolerant of evil and will receive everyone into Heaven regardless of whether they died with faith, hope, and charity toward God and neighbor. No, Hell is a constant reality for those who live on earth. Yet, the Divine Mercy of Christ is always ready to rescue and redeem souls. One can therefore say that the Divine Mercy is about Christ’s powerful mediation – it’s not about universalism.
If someone doesn’t believe in Hell, then the Divine Mercy devotion means nothing to them. Yet, if you believe in the fires of Gehenna and the fires of Purgatory, the promise of Divine Mercy is the greatest consolation. In particular, today’s feast on the Octave of Easter, is especially consoling.
Today the rain of God’s mercy falls down in torrents upon the earth. Like children, let’s play in the rain and drink it in. All spiritual life comes from the reality that we glorify today.
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