Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!
Our Lord Jesus promised extraordinary graces would be poured out on this Feast of Mercy –graces which amount to a renewal of baptism. Ordinarily, we would need to have perfect contrition for our sins –contrition based on perfect love of God –in order to receive a plenary indulgence, the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sins that have been confessed and forgiven.But on Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus promises that He will give this same grace of complete forgiveness of all of our sins and the punishments due to them, if we will: (a.) Receive Holy Communion in the state of grace; (b.) do so with “complete trust” in His Mercy; and (c.) perform some act of mercy toward our neighbor.Of course, we normally should go to the Sacrament of Confession beforehand, to ensure that we are in the state of grace.So, during this very strange year of the coronavirus pandemic, can we receive the same graces?I can’t say definitively, but, since most of us are prevented from receiving Holy Communion through no fault of our own (because the bishops have limited it due to the pandemic) –I wouldsay: Put complete Trust in the Divine Mercy, and trust that your Spiritual Communion on this Sunday will suffice to receive this grace which is akin to a “Second Baptism.”Fr. Ben