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People place lighted candles before the image of the Merciful Jesus during Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Family Church in St. Albert April 5.
The message of Divine Mercy is that God loves us and wants us to see that his mercy is greater than our sins, says Sister Katrina Le.
"God want us to call upon him with trust, receive his mercy and let it flow through us to others," said Le, a member of the Congregation of Merciful Jesus from Hobbema.
"The Divine Mercy is God trying to reach to us, telling us that he is merciful and loving no matter who we are or what we have done," Le said after her two-hour presentation at Holy Family Church April 5.
"He wants to embrace us and forgive us because he is all love and mercy."
Through us, the sister added, God wants to let others know he is merciful so that people are not afraid to come back to him. "He is all love and forgiveness," she said. "Everything exists because of his mercy. His mercy is his greatest attribute."
Le interlaced her presentation – Divine Mercy as a Way of Life – with songs, prayers and a skit illustrating sin performed by volunteers.
Participants also partook in Eucharistic Adoration, with each person silently carrying a lighted candle from the back of the sanctuary to the feet of the Divine Mercy image in front of the altar.
Sr. Katrina Le
There was also an opportunity for Confession at the event, which was in preparation for the feast of Divine Mercy, Sunday April 7.
Le encouraged participants to go to Confession before the feast so they were prepared to receive Holy Communion.
She said people can achieve God's mercy "by trusting in him and by being merciful" to others. "We are called to practise mercy."
When the last day comes we will be judged by our actions, words and intentions. "In other words, we are going to be judged by love, by how loving and merciful we are to others."
Peace, she insisted, does not exist without forgiveness. "To have peace we must forgive. So don't tell me you have peace and you haven't forgiven your neighbours or your family members. It's not true.
"And if you can't forgive, ask God to forgive that person because if we want peace, we must forgive others."
Sin is an offence against God, Le said. When we sin, we separate ourselves from God. Fortunately at Baptism God gave us a lifeboat called Confession.
To those who don't believe they should confess before a priest, the sister said, "The power of the priest comes from God. When the priest forgives you, it's Jesus forgiving you."
One of our most important activities is prayer because in prayer we converse with God. "Prayer changes us. Prayer makes us experience the transcendent."
Through prayer, the sister pointed out, we can achieve wisdom, "which is the ability to see life as God sees it."
The message and devotion to Jesus as the Divine Mercy is based on the writings of St. Faustina, a Polish nun who wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy.
"St. Faustina is the secretary of Divine Mercy; so it is through her that we have the image of Divine Mercy," Le explained after her presentation.
"Jesus appeared in person to her and asked her to paint an image (of him) according to the pattern she saw. She didn't know how to paint, so she had a painter paint the image for her."
Le also called on her audience to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a prayer of intercession that Jesus gave to St. Faustina asking the Lord to pour out his mercy upon the world.
She said it's customary to say the chaplet at the hour of great mercy, which is 3 p.m., hour at which Jesus died on the cross.