What a beautiful concept--our God is truly a just judge, but at the same time, His heart overflows with loving mercy for us. As the novena prayers say, all we need do is ask and we will be "immersed in the abyss of [His] mercy." Matt and I managed to pray the novena prayers and chaplet together all through the novena, despite the fact that we always forgot until the last minute. I'm so glad: we've prayed the novena together four years now, and it would have been a shame to be unable to do so this time. I think it was the first prayer we said together; I have fond memories of our last spring semester in college, saying the chaplet together as Matt walked me back to my dorm in the evenings.
Not everyone includes it, but I really like this prayer for after the chaplet is completed:
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but submit ourselves to your holy will, which is love and mercy itself. Amen.
When I worked in the college's public relations office, every afternoon at 3 pm someone would ring a bell and everyone who was able to break away would gather in the conference room--outside in nice weather--and we would pray the Divine Mercy chaplet, concluding with this prayer.
Today, in honor of the feast day, I had a fun supper of strawberry-rhubarb stuffed French toast planned; the jam and whipped cream cheese were going to look like the divine mercy rays. But then we got home and realized that we were out of bread and yeast. Sigh. I'll try to come up with something else.
I did manage to wear red and blue today, though! Looking at the photos, I'm having a hard time understanding why I thought this was a good outfit... it was another five-minute Sunday morning. But really, trust me when I say it looked better in person. Also with boots on.
Chocolate microsuede skirt: Sears
Red tank: thrifted
Cropped jacket: old! belongs with a non-nursing-friendly dress... I think the dress/jacket have been closet staples since early high school.
Hair clip: A Girl and Her Bow.
Charlotte of Chartreuth hosted a giveaway a couple weeks ago featuring this fun hair clip from her sister's Etsy shop, A Girl and Her Bow, and I won! She has a variety of cute and whimsical clips and classic bowties, with some great summer fabrics. They're very reasonably priced, too!
I'm trying (unsuccessfully, but I'm optimistic) to convince Matt that he and Little Bear want matching bowties, and may wind up getting some more hair clips to give as gifts.
For more fun outfits as we move into spring (did I mention it's been snowing since we woke up?), hop over to Fine Linen and Purple's What I Wore Sunday linkup!