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May 21, 2018

MERCY OVERFLOWING

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The feast of Divine Mercy was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, at the canonization of Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, through whom the Lord requested that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to celebrate God’s mercy which is ever-flowing, notwithstanding our unfaithfulness. The Lord is perennially faithful and his mercy is always more than sufficient to cover our sins. As St Paul has it, “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Rom. 5:20).In one of her visions, Jesus said to Saint Faustina: “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and…

Divine Mercy Apostolate, Owerri Archdiocese, celebrates Year of Mercy

A cross section of the Divine Mercy members during Mass As Catholics world over celebrate an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which was launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015, members of the Divine Mercy Apostolate of Owerri Archdiocese were not left out, as they on Friday 22 July embarked on a Pilgrimage to Assumpta Cathedral to pass the symbolic Door of Mercy. Preaching during the benediction, Rev. Fr. Divine Ekebe who reflected on the story of the adulterous woman condemned by the Pharisees but forgiven by Christ, observed that if we were in the position of the Pharisees…

How to Observe the Year of Divine Mercy to reap the Spiritual Benefits

On 11th February, the Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy, 2015, His Holiness, Pope Francis, issued a Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy titled “The Face of Mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus in Latin). In this bull, the Pope declared that the will open on 8th December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and close on the Liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20th November 2016. According to the Pontiff, “We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking Him…

Celebrating THE YEAR OF DIVINE MERCY: The Incomprehensible Mystery

PIUSRALPH EFFIONG, SMMM (piusralphe@gmail.com) “When the last day comes, you shall be judged on this [Divine Mercy], and on this basis you shall receive the eternal verdict from God”. These are some of the final words of Helen Kowalska (St. Maria Faustina), a young girl from an isolated heartland of Poland; who is well described as apostle of Divine Mercy. Maria Faustina during her life time worked tirelessly in promoting the Divine Mercy of God through her simple life. Her diary attested to this fact. Her virtuous life was outstanding and exemplary to many who encountered her. Maria Faustina’s journey…