OF DIVINE MERCY
The Lord Jesus entrusted a great mission to this
Polish nun from the Congregation of Our Lady
of Mercy, Saint Faustina, who had complete trust in God - to
proclaim His message of mercy
to the whole world. Her mission was to introduce new prayers
and forms of devotion to the Divine Mercy, which are to remind us
of the forgotten truth of our faith - of Gods merciful love
for every person. In the message, Merciful God reveals Jesus Christ
the Savior, as the Father of love
and Divine Mercy, especially to the most unfortunate, faulted and
Saint sister Maria Faustina Kowalska
are the secretary of My mercy.
I have chosen you for that office in this life and the next
task is to write down everything that I
make known to you
My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading
these things will be comforted in their souls
and will have the courage to approach Me"
Today I am sending you with My mercy to the
people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but
I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart (...) before the
Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy (Diary, 1588).
The Savior desires, that the new forms of devotion
to the Divine Mercy and His promises will
be known by whole world. His promises will be fulfilled under the condition
of our trust in Gods goodness and our mercy towards our neighbors.
I have opened My Heart as a living fountain
of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it.
Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain
and the just will be strengthened in goodness (Diary, 1520).
Both the sinner and the righteous person
have need of My mercy. Conversion,
as well as perseverance, is a grace of My mercy (Diary, 1577).
The graces of My mercy are drawn by
means of one vessel only, and that is - trust.
The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive (Diary, 1578).
- Fr. Sopocko)
OF DEVOTION TO THE DIVINE MERCY
THE IMAGE OF MERCIFUL JESUS
The Lord Jesus expressed His desire to have an image
painted according to the pattern shown
in the vision Sister Faustina had on February 22, 1931, in her convent
cell in Plock (Poland).
an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus,
I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your
chapel, and then throughout the world. I
promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.
I also promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially
at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory. (...)
I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you
will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday
after Easter; That Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy. I desire that
priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners
means of this Image I shall be granting many graces,
so let every soul have access to it" (Diary, 570).
THE FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY
"I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge
and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners (...). I
pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount
of My mercy. The soul that will go to confession and receive Holy Communion
shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment; on
that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened.
Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet"
"Even if a soul were like a decaying corpse
so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration
and everything would already be lost - it is not so with God. The miracle
of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full" (Diary, 1448).
THE CHAPLET TO THE DIVINE MERCY
The Lord Jesus dictated the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy
to Sister Faustina in Vilnius (Lithuania)
on September 13-14, 1935, as a prayer for the appeasement of Divine wrath
for the atonement
of our sins and those of the whole world.
"Oh, what great graces I will grant
to souls who say this chaplet..." (Diary, 848).
the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible
with My will" (Diary, 1731).
the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive
great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners
as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened,
if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive the grace
of My infinite mercy" (Diary, 687).
"It pleases Me to grant everything
souls ask of Me by saying the chaplet. When hardened sinners say it,
I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will
be a happy one. Write this for the benefit of distressed souls; when
a soul sees and realizes the gravity of its sins, when the whole abyss
of the misery into which it immersed itself is displayed before its
eyes, let it not despair, but with trust let it throw itself into the
arms of My mercy, as a child into the arms of its beloved mother (...).
Tell them that no soul which has called upon My mercy has been disappointed
or brought to shame. I delight particularly in a soul that has placed
its trust in My goodness. Write that
when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand
between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as
the merciful Savior" (Diary, 1541).
"At the hour of their death, I defend every
soul that will say this chaplet as I do My own glory (...). When this
chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated
and his unfathomable mercy envelops the soul" (Diary, 811).
be said on the beads of a rosary.
"At first: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not
into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with
thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the
hour of our death. Amen.
I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator
of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of
the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died
and was buried. He descended into hell, the third day He arose again
from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living
and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church,
the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of
the body and life everlasting. Amen.
the large beads (once): Eternal Father, I offer You the Body
Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On the small beads (10 times): For
the sake of His sorrowful Passion
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
At the end
(3 times): Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us and on the whole world" (Diary, 476).
THE HOUR OF MERCY
In October 1937, in Cracow (Poland) the Lord Jesus
prescribed honoring the Hour of His death
by appealing through prayer to the value and the merits of His Passion,
at least for a short moment.
often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely
in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its om 00nipotence for
the whole world (...).
In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself
and for others simply by asking; it was
the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice
(...) try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided
that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations
of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore,
in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should
you be unable to step in to the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer wherever
you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. I
claim veneration for My mercy from every creature" (Diary, 1572).
"On the cross,
the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls
- no one have I excluded!" (Diary, 1182).
SPREADING DEVOTION TO THE DIVINE MERCY
"You are to show mercy to your
neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try
to excuse or absolve from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising
mercy toward your neighbor: the first - by deed, the second - by word,
the third - by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness
of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this
means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy" (Diary,
"...but write this for the
many souls who are often worried because they do not have the material
means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy,
which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious
and is within the grasp of every soul. If a
soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My
mercy on the day of judgment"
"...do whatever is within your power to
spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell
aching mankind to embrance My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with
peace (...) When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such
an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but
radiates them to other souls. Souls who spread
the honor of My mercy I shield throughout their entire lives as a tender
mother shields her infant..." (Diary, 1074-75).
"To priests who proclaim and extol My
mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch
the hearts of those to whom they speak" (Diary, 1521).
Saint Faustina prayed to recognize Gods
plan of beginning a new congregation. For this intention she offered to
God many prayers and suffering. In June 1935, in Vilnius Saint Faustina
"God demands that there be a Congregation which
will proclaim the mercy of God
to the world and, by its prayers, obtain it for the world" (Diary, 436).
"I desire that there be such a
Congregation" (Diary, 437).
I saw the convent of the new Congregation.
It was a large and spacious building. I went from room to room, observing
everything. I saw that Gods Providence had provided for all that
was necessary (...). During Mass, I received a clear and profound understanding
concerning this whole work, and not a shadow of a doubt remained in
my soul. The Lord gave me knowledge of His will under three aspects,
so to speak, but it all comes down to one.
The first is that souls separated
from the world will burn as an offering before Gods throne and
beg for mercy for the whole world... and through their efforts they
will obtain blessings for priests, and through their prayers prepare
the world for the final coming of Jesus.
The second is prayer together
with the act of mercy. In particular, they will defend the souls of
children against the spirit of evil. Prayer and merciful deeds are all
that will be required of these souls (...). And in this egoistic world
they will try to rouse up love - the mercy of Jesus.
The third is prayer and deeds
of mercy, without any obligation of taking vows. But by doing this,
these persons will have a share in all the merits and privileges of
the whole [congregation]. Everyone in the world can belong to this group.
A member of this group ought to perform at least one act of mercy a
day; at least one, but there can be many more, for such deeds can easily
be carried out by anyone, even the very poorest. For
there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: firstly, the merciful
word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no
word, then pray - that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And
when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis
we shall receive the eternal verdict (Diary, 1154-1158).
>> The Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko - spiritual director of Saint
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