"He breathed on them, and He said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."--Gospel, Dominica in Albis
"We beg Thee, O Lord our God, that these sacred and holy mysteries which Thou hast given us to safeguard our rebirth, may be for us a remedy both now and in the future."--Post Communion, Dominica in Albis
The greatest act of Divine Mercy is the Redemption, a fourfold marvel: gaining nothing for God, but costing Him everything; saving us from damnation, to win us Heaven. The Divine Mercy image shows the water and blood which gushed from Jesus' Sacred Heart pierced as He hung on the Cross. This reveals the source of eternal life given in Baptism & the Holy Eucharist. In a third Sacrament, Confession--the Sacrament of Mercy--instituted by Jesus in today's Gospel, our souls are bathed in His Most Precious Blood, washing them from every stain of sin. Thus the Sacraments are God's design for working our Redemption, for pouring out His Divine Mercy for all who come to Him as sinners in need of forgiveness.