April 25, 2022
Divine Mercy Sunday
Many blessings to you during this Easter Season. At this unique time, with the political, economic, and social challenges throughout the world, it is even more important to recount the memory, life, and words of St. Faustina Kawalska. It is because of St. Faustina’s work that Pope St. John Paul II proclaimed the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. St. Faustina worked throughout her life to make everyone aware of the merciful love of God. Through her contemplative life, Faustina drew upon the Mercy of God to develop a childlike trust in God and a deep love for her neighbor.
In his homily at Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis focused on the three times Jesus spoke the words, “Peace be with you” to the disciples after his death and resurrection. Again, with Faustina’s own message to draw upon, the Pope offered that those words of God’s mercy “give joy, then grant forgiveness, and finally offer comfort in every difficulty.” Let us continue to pray for peace in our lives and in our world.
St. Catherine of Siena Spirit Week
This week is our final Spirit Week of the year. We are celebrating our namesake, St. Catherine of Siena. Through St. Catherine we are reminded that virtue stems from knowledge of self and knowledge of God – We say this as “From knowledge follows love” and continue to provide time and space for our students to grow in knowledge and in love of self and of God. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of St. Catherine by participating in St. Cate trivia! The week is rounded out with daily spirit-building activities, themed-attire days, and the highly anticipated Pep Rally on Friday.
St. Catherine of Siena also spoke about Divine Mercy. As we kick off our spirit week in her honor, take a moment to reflect on this summary from Unleash the Gospel.
“How great is the eternal mercy with which You cover the sins of Your creatures!” St. Catherine of Siena, while in a state of ecstasy, dictated this profound dialogue on mercy over 550 years before the devotion to Divine Mercy was promulgated to the world.