Working at Catholic New York, I’ve learned about so many Catholic feast days, traditions, interesting tidbits and Catholic vocabulary words that I would otherwise not have known. For example, even though St. Anthony is loved by Italians (and others), he was actually born in Portugal; that C.C.D. stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; and that the holder for burning incense is called the censer.
This weekend, Catholics celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. This is a feast day that I was not familiar with. I thought I would share some interesting tidbits about this feast day with you, in case you are not as familiar with it either:
The idea for Divine Mercy Sunday comes from Jesus’ revelations to St. Faustina Kowalksa, a Polish nun who died in 1938. In those revelations, Jesus asked for the Sunday after Easter to be a feast day set aside to ask for God’s divine mercy. In other words, it’s a day to remember our sins and ask for forgiveness. What I also found intriguing about this feast day is that it is relatively new. It was declared a feast day by Pope John Paul II in 2000.
For more information on Divine Mercy Sunday visit: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/mercy/feast.htm