Reflecting on the readings for the Divine Mercy Sunday, Rev. Fr. Dominic Amegashitsi admonished parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Kotobabi to keep firm their faith in God thus; they should not doubt but believe.

“Christ has risen but some are living in fear but your faith should be strong once you are focused on God”, he said.

As we celebrate the Divine Mercy Sunday he charged all to forgive because one of the qualities of giving is forgiveness. He added that all our sins have been forgiven by virtue of Christ laying down his life on the cross for us; likewise God has directed all to have mercy on one another.

“Whosoever sins we forgive ours will be forgiven and if we retain the sins of any, ours are retained, therefore forgive wholeheartedly”, he added.

He encouraged the rich in our various communities to extend a helping hand to the poor because it pays to share, “if you have got wealth through genuine means you should help others because it pays to share. There are people who have possessions secretly and hide it from their family and when they die it becomes waste.” He said.

The more you give he said your cup will run full and overflow in abundance. He charged all to have faith in the Eucharist being celebrated because there are miracles and testimonies attested to it.

Divine Mercy Sunday (also known as the Feast of the Divine Mercy) is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, which concludes the Octave of Easter. The feast day is observed by Roman Catholics as well as some Anglo-Catholics of the Church of England (it is not, however, an official Anglican feast). It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Catholic Church.

The feast of Divine Mercy, according to the diary of Kowalska, receives from Jesus the biggest promises of grace related to the Devotion of Divine Mercy, in particular that a person who goes to sacramental confession (the confession may take place some days before) and receives holy communion on that day, shall obtain the total expiation of all sins and punishment. That means each person would go immediately after death to heaven without suffering in purgatory. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence (observing the usual rules) with the recitation of some simple prayers

Source: DEPSOCOM Accra/E.S.D

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