The Divine Mercy Awaits


Jesus is waiting for you right here, right now. He is all holy and He desires you to be in communion with Him. For that, you do not in this life need to be perfect; you need to be forgiven, to be healed and to be contrite and desire holiness. Give your life to Jesus today. Make that committment.


Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy by Kazimierowski

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

The Divine Mercy Awaits…

“And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:22-23).

Since 2005, through the efforts of St. John Paul II, the Second Sunday of Easter is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

And yet today, many of us who need forgiveness and healing do not truly grasp what is offered to us and who it is that offers it. Sin darkens the spiritual senses and harms the body and soul. The more we sin and the longer we put off reconciliation, the harder it becomes to truly know the Lord and His healing. Our struggles may have gone on so long that we are either no longer aware of them, don’t care about them or simply believe that we are broken beyond repair and even become frightened of seeking forgiveness.

So, it is important that we have a correct image of Jesus in our life. He does not stand above us wagging His finger and offering criticism as we sin; He stands before us with outstretched arms and healing hands desiring to embrace us and tell us that He is with us and that everything can be okay.

Jesus is waiting for you right here, right now. He is all holy and He desires you to be in communion with Him. For that, you do not, in this life, need to be perfect; you need to be forgiven, to be healed and to be contrite and desire holiness.

Give your life to Jesus today. Make that commitment… right now and go see Him in the Sacrament of Confession.

Into the deep…


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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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