Sri Lanka Bombing & Divine Mercy – Apr 28 – Homily – Fr Ignatius (2019)

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Fr Ignatius gives the homily at Bloomington, IN on Apr 28 2019, Divine Mercy Sunday, on how God's mercy endures for ever, even when it is most difficult to see, when atrocious crimes are committed like in the Sri Lanka bombing. Father explains the origins of the feast of the Divine Mercy with the apparitions of Christ to Sr. Faustina Kowalska and how this relates to Christ's redemption and the image of divine mercy that depicts the flowing of mercy from the heart of Christ. He then explains how this is to be painted on our own hearts and actions, in deeds of mercy, always and everywhere. This includes when we are most inclined naturally to hatred and vengeance. He uses the example of Fr. Fernando, pastor of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka, who, after the terrorist bombings that killed scores of his own parishioners and friends and almost killed him said in response, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Let us all follow his example of mercy and forgiveness in difficult times and so display the supernatural action of grace that seems so rare in today's world.

Fr. Jude Fernando interview on EWTN Nightly News:

Ave Maria!

Mass: Divine Mercy Sunday - Solemnity
1st: act 5:12-16
Resp: psa 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd: rev 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19
Gsp: joh 20:19-31

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