Praying For, But Not Practicing Divine Mercy

Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday of Divine Mercy

“…and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Jn 20:23



Social and Political Charity

Effective love

184. Charity is at the heart of every healthy and open society, yet today “it is easily dismissed as irrelevant for interpreting and giving direction to moral responsibility”.[175] Charity, when accompanied by a commitment to the truth, is much more than personal feeling, and consequently need not “fall prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions”.[176] Indeed its close relation to truth fosters its universality and preserves it from being “confined to a narrow field devoid of relationships”.[177] Otherwise, it would be “excluded from the plans and processes of promoting human development of universal range, in dialogue between knowledge and praxis”.[178] Without truth, emotion lacks relational and social content. Charity’s openness to truth thus protects it from “a fideism that deprives it of its human and universal breadth”.[179]

Thank you for supporting Msgr. Colwell and Fr Roy. They and all my brother priests have given their lives for the service of the Gospel and the mission of Christ as manifested through their ministry in the Church. They are not seeking wealth or fame and certainly not power or control.

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, A Reflection on Christian Life

His “brother priests” may not be seeking “power or control”, but is Bishop Zurek doing so in keeping his letter denouncing “the few” to the parishioners of St. Mary’s Cathedral posted on the diocesan website?

That decision seems to be derived more from personal feeling rather than charity accompanied by commitment to the truth, and consequently has “fallen prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions” and shows little concern for, “…building for the future…’”.

Therefore, today’s Divine Mercy Sunday activities at St. Mary’s Cathedral have been,  “confined to a narrow field devoid of relationships”, in which we demonstrate that we have a lot of  knowledge about Divine Mercy, but lack relational and social content  that, “deprives Divine Mercy of its human and universal breadth”.

It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In the various readings, the liturgy seems to indicate the path of mercy which, while re-establishing the relationship of each person with God, also creates new relations of fraternal solidarity among human beings. Christ has taught us that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practise mercy towards others:

From a sermon given by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sister Faustina Kowalska on 30 April 2000.

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