This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:
The Canonization Mass of Saint Faustina on April 30th, 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy. St. Faustina related in her diary that the Lord spoke, saying “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation, that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” We are all sinners. Our salvation requires us to reject sins and embrace Christ. We must allow our old self to be nailed to the cross if we are to rise with Him. The good thief acknowledged that divine justice demanded punishment for his sins. So must we. Yet, if we like the good thief ask for the Lord’s mercy, we too will share in the promise to be with Him in paradise for all eternity.
May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.