Easter Tuesday, Divine Mercy Novena Day 5

“Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Today, we turn to those who have separated themselves because of sin or just stopped going. This is a serious problem that the Church is facing as many young adult are just not showing up, they get confirmed and then leave the church when they go to high school or college, until perhaps they get married. Then there are those Cultural Catholics who show up at Christmas and Easter and that’s it. Sure it is a problem but it can and will only be fixed with better priests and bishops leading the church. I know that Pope Francis has emphasized that a shepherd should smell like his sheep, but I don’t know how his Bishop appointments are and it seems too early to say anything for certain about priests. I know Pope John Paul II inspired many young men to become priests, but they are just now at the beginning of their ministry.

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