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Old 9th April 2007, 08:14 PM
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Dear Ron,
Divine Mercy Sunday is next Sunday and true devotion to Jesus and His Divine Mercy on that day gives the devoted complete forgiveness of their sins and the temporal punishment due to them. Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, STD, author of "Essential Features of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy", explains in his book that as plenary indulgences consist only of the remission of temporal punishments for committed sins, the grace promised by Jesus for the Feast of Divine Mercy is something considerably greater, including the remission of sins itself. In other words, it is the complete forgiveness of all sins, which were not yet forgiven and of all punishment due for those sins, equal to that of Baptism. Therefore, reception of Holy Communion on the Feast of Divine Mercy is raised to the rank of a "second Baptism." I decided to explain this to a relative and encourage her to take advantage of these extraordinary graces. Now I find out she is adamantly Pro-Choice. Does this attachment prevent her from receiving the indulgences attached to the DM devotion?
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Old 9th April 2007, 08:50 PM
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Dear Ron,
Divine Mercy Sunday is next Sunday and true devotion to Jesus and His Divine Mercy on that day gives the devoted complete forgiveness of their sins and the temporal punishment due to them. Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, STD, author of "Essential Features of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy", explains in his book that as plenary indulgences consist only of the remission of temporal punishments for committed sins, the grace promised by Jesus for the Feast of Divine Mercy is something considerably greater, including the remission of sins itself. In other words, it is the complete forgiveness of all sins, which were not yet forgiven and of all punishment due for those sins, equal to that of Baptism. Therefore, reception of Holy Communion on the Feast of Divine Mercy is raised to the rank of a "second Baptism." I decided to explain this to a relative and encourage her to take advantage of these extraordinary graces. Now I find out she is adamantly Pro-Choice. Does this attachment prevent her from receiving the indulgences attached to the DM devotion?

It is a theological error to call Divine Mercy Sunday a 'second Baptism'. This is not at all a correct comparison.

One receives forgiveness for sin only if one receives the Sacrament of Confession with repentance for those sins. If there are any sins from which one is obstinately unrepentant, then such sins are not forgiven, even on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Likewise, the remission from temporal punishment is limited to those sins which have been repented and forgiven; without repentance, this gift would also be unavailable.

So the Sacrament of Confession does not change on Divine Mercy Sunday; but an additional gift is added, similar to a plenary indulgence, but easier to obtain.

Baptism confers the gift of sanctifying grace.
If one is in a state of actual mortal sin, then a proper confession at any time of the year will restore that gift of sanctifying grace.

But Divine Mercy Sunday is not a second Baptism; this is a very unwise and misleading comparison.


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Old 10th April 2007, 01:24 AM
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Thank you for this clarification. I will copy your message and send it on to the prayer group that's circulating the erroneous information if that's all right with you.
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Old 10th April 2007, 02:44 AM
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Ron,

Can you explain the specific differences between being absolved after going to confession, and the Divine Mercy effect of remission of temporal punishment?

I thought (incorrectly, it seems) that confession did the same thing.

Thanks.
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Old 10th April 2007, 03:22 AM
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Ron,

Can you explain the specific differences between being absolved after going to confession, and the Divine Mercy effect of remission of temporal punishment?

I thought (incorrectly, it seems) that confession did the same thing.

Thanks.

Confession forgives the sin.
Doing penance after confession removes the burden of the temporal punishment due for the sin, which would otherwise be paid in purgatory.

The benefit of Divine Mercy Sunday is that participation in this feast,
Confession and Communion received wholeheartedly and worthily,
is counted as a penance, since a devout reception of any Sacrament
benefits the mystical Body of Christ greatly.
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