Saturday, April 30, 2011

Beatification of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Sunday

There's just no containing the excitement. Tomorrow is a special day. Pope John Paul II will officially become a "Blessed" in the Catholic Church. According to news reports, his body has been exhumed and the casket will be placed on display in front of the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica to be viewed and venerated until all have had a chance to do so.

How does one who cannot be in Rome honor this day of the popes beatification?

Perhaps, aside from watching on EWTN, you might offer this popular prayer for the intercession of John Paul II:

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore,
in the hope that he will soon be numbered among your saints.

Another way to honor the day, the Polish people and St. Faustina would be to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Chaplet 3pm. It is quite a day of grace and mercy, and so fitting that a Polish pope should be beatified on the day honoring a devotion to the mercy of God given to St. Faustina by Our Lord -- a woman religious  whom he canonized. 

However you choose to participate in this wonderful day (my family will be making a pilgrimage), the most important and grace-filled way to share in its wonder is to attend the Holy Mass. Pray for the intercession of John Paul II and St. Faustina and receive Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Then, go out and spread the Gospel.

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