"Indeed, God's great patience with the human race in general and with each individual person shines out in a special way when sins and moral failures are forgiven by Almighty God Himself and the guilty are readmitted in a fatherlike way to his friendship, which they deservedly lost." (Vatican website)
I just want to give a loud shout out to God's infinite mercy! When you see the loving Catholic family life shining from the pages of this website, know that I'm proof of an ongoing "Mary Magdalene like" conversion. In my 20s I was horribly enmeshed in mortal sin, particularly the sin of unchastity. One tiny heartfelt Hail Mary said inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in the Paris changed all of that around.
How God loves to pour out his Mercy upon us sinners!
The Vatican's rules for a plenary on this day are explained here. As a note to myself, this Bishop's letter lists some great ideas for helping invite others to celebrate this wonderful feast in 2012.
Hurrah also for Pope John Paul II beatification! Anyone got any great ideas for special prayers and celebrations today?