The VMA Parents Association held its third and final prayer service of the year on Thursday, April 19. Parents gathered in the chapel for a program focused on the Divine Mercy, a message and devotion based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who recorded her revelations about God’s mercy in her diary.
VMAPA president Karen D’Ascenzo led the attendees in prayer, including the Divine Mercy chaplet. D’Ascenzo explained that Divine Mercy is celebrated the Sunday after Easter, and recognizes that God’s mercy is greater than man’s sins.
The Divine Mercy message is can be remembered using ABC:
A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
The service opened and closed with a song. Parents then adjourned to the cafeteria to enjoy cake, fresh fruit, and conversation.