by Guest Contributor
April 19th, the first Sunday after Easter, is Divine Mercy, a devotion to Jesus Christ associated with the apparitions of Jesus to Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska. Jesus told St. Faustina, Divine Mercy is mankind’s last hope of salvation and promised that the soul which has been to confession and receives Eucharistic communion will be wiped clean. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic and with lockdown enforced in so many countries across the world, many of us will be wondering how we will receive the graces of Divine Mercy Sunday this year when we can’t go to church to have our confession heard and to receive Holy Communion. Fortunately, the catechism states that if we are unable to get to confession, we can make an act of contrition confessing our sins and promising to sin no more. Providing we intend to receive the sacrament as soon as possible, we can be forgiven of all our sin. Similarly, those of us unable to receive communion, can make a spiritual communion asking to receive the grace of God as if we had received Holy Communion sacramentally, so long as we intend to receive the sacrament as soon as possible once our churches reopen. Let us pray…   Lord Jesus Christ, You promised St. Faustina that the soul that has been to confession, (I’m unable but I made an act of contrition),  and the soul that receives Holy Communion, (I’m unable, but I made a spiritual communion), will receive the complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Please Lord Jesus Christ give me this grace. Amen   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btiU8-JeOag&feature=youtu.be[/embed]