Filthy liberal priests hate Divine Mercy Sunday. They won’t have anything to do with it, rebelling against Holy Hours, devotions, Confessions. “Why do that?” they ask. “There’s no such thing as sin anyway,” they say. I have personally witnessed this around the world.
But then, unexpectedly (though opposites attract), ultra-tradition-al-ism-ists get into the attack mercy game as they want to be “tough” and “heroes” over against all that wimpy and way too saccharine and sugary mercy rubbish, which, because it is mercy, must necessarily manipulate and reject justice, which is what they stand for, you know, being “tough” and “heroes” and all that. And gullible multitudes follow them.
This latter crowd ever so condescendingly and with such aloof finesse and sophistication attack canonized saints and particular devotions. Surely you’ve heard, for instance, the rejection of the saccharine Divine Mercy Chaplet with all of its sugary prayers. Ever sooo sweet and therefore ever sooo to be rejected by those who are serious in their spiritual lives. But let’s just look at that for a moment:
The Sign of the Cross: Let’s see: the Most Holy Trinity; the ultra violent instrument of torture and death, the cross. Bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine, I guess.
The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Apostles Creed: All of these, bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine, I guess.
Decade prayer: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. — So, this description of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, of sin and redemption, of our Lord’s obedience to the Father, is to be damned as bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.
On the 10 Small Beads: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. “For the sake of” is an explication of… wait for it… JUSTICE. The same for the Decade prayer above. Mercy is founded on justice. So, all this talk of justice is bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.
Conclusion: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. For those who don’t know, this prayer recalls a part of the ferocious reproaches (the Improperia) on Good Friday during the Veneration of the Cross. That part reaches back to time immemorial and is called the Trisagion:
- Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us!
- Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis.
- Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός, Ἅγιος ἰσχυρός, Ἅγιος ἀθάνατος, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς
All these prayers go to the very heart of all that is Catholic, all that is Christian, all that is of Tradition. It all slams us to our knees in the reality that we are sinners directly on our way to hell if not for Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God. But that’s all bad and evil for being way too sugary and saccharine? I don’t get it.