The final day in the Octave of Easter is known in the Church as the Second Sunday of Easter, or Sunday of Divine Mercy. This has not always been the case—the observance of this day as Divine Mercy Sunday was not proclaimed until 2000. The proclamation at that time was a rare and special event for the Church.

Christ in Gethsemane

Christ in the Gethsemane Garden, Arkhip Kuindzhi

Visio divina, “divine seeing” in Latin, is a form of prayer in which we contemplate visual art. Like lectio divina, in which we contemplate the words of Scripture, visio divina can open us up to a personal encounter with God and help us to hear and respond to his voice.