Merciful Jesus, I Trust in You!
God bless Pope John Paul II, of happy memory, for granting the Universal Church the celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy in A.D. 2000!
I know the Divine Mercy is special to many. For those of us of Polish ancestry the devotion predates the year 2000, so it is an immense joy to us Poles that a Polish sister and a Polish Pope brought the devotion from Christ to the world.
Looking back, I'm convinced that Divine Mercy played a large role in my reversion. I recall how a few years before I came back, a dissident priest that I know was moved to tears reading the Gospel of this day "Blessed are those who have not seen yet believe" I wondered why Father was so moved.
There is a lot of indescribable power in this day.
We have the Indulgence for those who meet the conditions attached, the culmination of the Novena and the Chaplet
I highly recommend the Chaplet. I pray the Chaplet daily. It's simple, it's basic, quick and easy to learn. Saying that, don't make the mistake of confusing those adjectives for meaningless. It's packed with meaning. It was one of the first devotions I started as I was coming back-along with the Rosary. Paired together it's miraculous.
Today's Gospel is one of my favorite readings from my favorite Gospel (my absolutely favorite is the Last Gospel). See here the reference to the power of the Sacrament of Confession, the closing statement of who Jesus is, as well as one of the most beautiful ejaculations of Faith we have: "My Lord and My God!" Like the Divine Mercy Chaplet it's so simple, so profound, so revolutionary. I recite St. Thomas' declaration silently during the elevation and after I've returned to my pew from receiving Communion. Actually, I find myself saying it a lot: at Adoration, Communion, and the Consecration. Remember, it is the Lord.
Yet, sometimes, we, like St. Thomas, doubt don't we? This is the day to remove all doubt.
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."
Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing."
Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.--John 20:19-31
There is a list of Divine Mercy devotions in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis here