John XXIII and John Paul II are now recognized as Saints.
Being that we have just been praying the Divine Mercy and that John Paul II was a great devotee, believer, and promoter of the Divine Mercy, I thought it appropriate to include this blurb from Catholic.org.
“History records it was central to his spirituality and the pattern of his merciful Christian service. He established it as a special devotional practice in the Catholic Church. At the Liturgy of Canonization for Sister Mary Faustina Kowalski, St. John Paul II proclaimed:
Before speaking these words, Jesus shows his hands and his side. He points, that is, to the wounds of the Passion, especially the wound in his heart, the source from which flows the great wave of mercy poured out on humanity. From that heart Sr Faustina Kowalska, the blessed whom from now on we will call a saint, will see two rays of light shining from that heart and illuminating the world: “The two rays”, Jesus himself explained to her one day, “represent blood and water” Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified and Risen.
“My daughter, say that I am love and mercy personified”, Jesus asked of Sr Faustina. Christ pours out this mercy on humanity though the sending of the Spirit who, in the Trinity, is the Person-Love. And is not mercy love’s “second name” understood in its deepest and most tender aspect, in its ability to take upon itself the burden of any need and, especially, in its immense capacity for forgiveness? Jesus told St. Faustina: “Humanity will not find peace until it turns trustfully to divine mercy” “
Jesus, Our Love!! HE IS LOVE!!
Being in love, do you remember? Those first days, months, years of being in love? When you were so blind to the faults of your sweetheart? When you could forgive anything? Imagine the Love of Christ, how much more forgiving is HE?
Jesus, in Your Love, for Your Love, because of Your Love; we come to you in our miserably sinful humanity knowing YOU will forgive us and welcome us into your embrace. May we not be afraid to come to you in our worst sins.