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The Killing on Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday morning, May 1, we woke to the international coverage of the Vatican's beatification of John Paul II. What interested me about the event and how it added to the significance of the day was that the Vatican chose to beatify John Paul on Divine Mercy Sunday, a day which he extended to the entire Church in 2000 when he was Pope.

On this day, the Pope desired, "Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (Diary 300)

"On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity." (Diary 699)

The world watched as the faithful celebrated The Blessed John Paul II's beatification on the Sunday after Easter, which was set aside to extend God's mercy…