Divine Mercy Sunday: double canonization

Divine Mercy Sunday, 27 April 2014

Do the promises attached to Divine Mercy Sunday (first Sunday after Easter) exceed or equal the benefits from a plenary indulgence or how do they differ?

My answer: Opinions vary on this question. My position is that the benefits of Divine Mercy Sunday are those of Confession — forgiveness of all sins — and a plenary indulgence — forgiveness of all temporal punishment due — but without any additional requirements, such as lacking attachment to even venial sin, or saying certain prayers. So it is simply an easier to obtain plenary indulgence.

To obtain the Divine Mercy Sunday benefit, make a good confession within 8 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter), go to Mass and receive Communion. The benefit it the forgiveness of all sins and all temporal punishment due for all past sins. (Some persons say that the Confession could be made as long as 20 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.)

You should have the intention to receive the Divine Mercy Sunday benefit (which is essentially a special form of plenary indulgence). You don’t need to meet other requirements, but you should do the penance assigned by your confessor.

This year, Divine Mercy Sunday is also the occasion for the canonization of two Popes. Do not be remiss in taking advantage of the blessings that God will pour out on the faithful at this time. Go to confession, Mass, Communion. And pray for Popes Francis and Benedict. God will forgive your sins and any punishment due for past sins. And He might give you additional blessings for your life. So don’t be negligent in praying for all that you and other persons in your life need at this time.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to Divine Mercy Sunday: double canonization

  1. Evan Brown says:

    Our priest says that the benefit of the Divine Mercy chaplet is equal to that of baptism. Is that true?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Baptism of an adult forgives all personal sins and all temporal punishment due for those sins, as well as taking away original sin. The soul is in the same state after receiving the Divine Mercy Sunday devotion because all sins and punishment are forgiven. However, there are obviously many differences between the two.

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