Divine Mercy Sunday
Sacrament of Confession
The Indulgence Connection
At Baptism all stain of original sin, all eternal punishment for actual sins committed and all temporal punishment for those sins is removed. During the Sacrament of Confession only the eternal punishment for sin is removed. The Catholic doctrine and practices of indulgences are closely linked to the effects of this sacrament. “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.” (CCC 1471)
In other words you can be forgiven of your sin through a sacramental confession but not be off the hook as far as the temporal punishment goes. In order to remit or pay the temporal punishment due to sin, we must do penance. We may also remit for our sins by gaining indulgences. At the time of our death if we have not paid for all of the temporal punishment due us because of our sin and we die in a state of grace we will do this in purgatory.
How does this apply to Divine Mercy Sunday?
Return of the Prodigal Son - Rembrant
Communion of Saints Icon
Our Lady of the Rosary