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God of Tenderness

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. Let the house of Israel say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’” (Psalm 118:2-4)

Today is the Octave day of Easter and John Paul II deemed that it be called Divine Mercy Sunday. When I think of Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness, I am drawn to an icon which I wrote (painted) a couple years ago. It is of Mary holding Jesus, cheek to cheek, both looking outward toward us with the face of Divine Mercy. I titled it ‘Mother of Tenderness.’ 


During my time of adoration each day, I pray before it, holding in loving mercy those with whom I am having the most difficulty in my present relationships. Divine Mercy flowing from the Sacred Heart softens my heart to have compassion and forgiveness toward that person.


I believe that trusting in Jesus’ endless mercy and forgiveness and passing it on to others is the core meaning underneath the Image of The Divine Mercy St. Faustina saw.   When I connect my heart with the Heart of the Divine One and with someone in my present life that I experience as difficult to love, eventually I become graced with tenderness toward that person with whom I am journeying.

O Compassion Holy One,

Help us to be merciful and forgiving toward others

as You are toward us.

Amen! Alleluia!

Sr. Ruth Geraets
Presentation Convent,

Acts 5:12-16 ● Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 ● Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 ● John 20:19-31

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