Divine Mercy

Feast of the Divine Mercy

The Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Divine Mercy this past Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter. As part of our Singapore Camino efforts, we made a couple of runs to the Church of the Divine Mercy to contemplate the occasion.

While we were in the neighbourhood, we popped into one of our favourite green spaces, Pasir Ris Park, as part of our ParkTour endeavours.

We passed several stacks of logs and a sign that read “Why are these logs here?” The sign said not to climb on them or disturb them as they were left for air-drying so that they can be repurposed elsewhere. Just as well they said; I was tempted to clamber over them.

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As I pray this prayer of the Divine Mercy, I remember particularly one from our Marriage Encounter community: he was only 46 and suffered a massive heart-attack, suddenly leaving his wife and 2 school-aged children. There is a hole in my heart.

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Opening prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

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  1. Love this. Hubs and I do the Divine Mercy novena, starting Good Friday, every year. We finally got wise to the fact that we should introduce our daughters to this devotion too, so we do the chaplet with them as our nighttime prayers every Friday now.

    So sorry for your friend who lost her husband. That happened to a college friend of mine. He died at 50. Three sons in middle or elementary school. It’s been more than two years. She still mourns heavily. Your friend will need lots of support. It’s such a blessing for people in that situation just to know that people care and that they’re not forgotten. God bless her and her children.

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    1. What a wonderful way to share Friday devotion with your children. A family who pray together …

      My heart aches for all those who have lost spouses; it is tough no matter the age, no matter how much we think we might be ready. As a Marriage Encounter apostolate, we have written several “death” letters to each other, so we have an inkling of the sorrow. And yet …

      The only thing for it is to treasure each day, each moment we have together.

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  2. “. . . envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.” Such a beautiful image and prayer. I appreciate the mystery of the fallen log: providing habitat, teaching self-restraint (I would have clambered too!), eventually resurrected for new ways to be in the world.

    Thank you for sharing the story of your Marriage Encounter friend. May Divine Mercy envelope his family and all who knew him.

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  3. Singapore has so much greenery, and it’s so lovely. Looking at the logs, I agree that they look tempting to clamber over. It is great they are being repurposed elsewhere. A little bit of conservation goes a long way. Hope you are well, Ju-Lyn.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you, Mabel! Indeed we are very fortunate to have such a green city – I think Singapore does work very hard to reclaim green spaces for public use . And yes, a little bit of conservation will encourage more.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. He was indeed too young to leave so suddenly. It really is a loss for our community.

      Appreciate your delighting in the park and in particular, the chickens – I find them extremely entertaining!

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