Second Sunday of Easter

“Jesus, I trust in you.”

In the 1930s, Jesus chose a humble Polish nun, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, to receive private revelations concerning Divine Mercy that were recorded in her Diary. St. Faustina’s Diary records 14 occasions when Jesus requested that a Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday) be observed. 

On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of St. Faustina, the Vatican decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. 

Jesus appeared to St. Faustina in a vision, with his right hand raised in a blessing and his left touching his garment above his heart. Red and white rays emanate from his heart, symbolizing the blood and water that was poured out for our salvation and our sanctification. The Lord requested that “Jesus, I trust in You” be inscribed under his image. Jesus asked that his image be painted and venerated throughout the world: “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish” 

(Diary, no. 48) and “By means of this image I will grant many graces to souls” (Diary, no.742). 

Alleluia, alleluia. 

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; 
Blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe! 

Alleluia, alleluia. 

U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine 

Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has judged that ‘when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available….it is morally acceptable for receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.’ [1] 

However, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson. 

While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good. 

Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic School 

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

A Prayer for Healing

Victims of Abuse God of endless love, 
ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: 
You gave your only Son to save us by his blood on the cross. 
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, 
join to your own suffering 
the pain of all who have been hurt 
in body, mind, and spirit 
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them. 
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters 
who have been gravely harmed, 
and the cries of those who love them. 
Soothe their restless hearts with hope, 
steady their shaken spirits with faith. 
Grant them justice for their cause, 
enlightened by your truth. 
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, 
heal your people’s wounds 
and transform brokenness into wholeness. 
Grant us the courage and wisdom, 
humility and grace, to act with justice. 
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors. 
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice. 
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

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