Divine Mercy is the LIGHT
Divine Mercy gets to the heart of Sacred Scripture!
Divine Mercy is “Love’s second name.”
It is a particular mode of love that encounters brokenness. Divine Mercy is when God’s love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin. The Lord is always stepping out in compassion to help us: poor, weak, and broken sinners. Every good we receive is an expression of Divine Mercy.
Divine Mercy is a special gift of our time.
It is the special emphasis and promise of mercy that God is giving us during the present time of mercy, especially through the prophetic witness of
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. John Paul II,
St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Faustina Kowalska.
The History of Divine Mercy
The message of Divine Mercy is associated with a Polish nun who died in 1938, about a year before World War II. St. Maria Faustina Kowalska was a mystic, meaning she received extraordinary experiences of the Lord Jesus in prayer.
In fact, Jesus appeared to her and even spoke with her. Of course, Jesus didn't reveal some new Gospel when he appeared to St. Faustina- he already revealed everything he needed to say 2,000 years ago to the Apostles and Sacred Scripture. SO why did he appear to Faustina? Or any mystic for that matter?
God sometimes appears to mystics because he has a prophetic message for a particular time in history, and he uses particular men and women to share his message. Sometimes it's to remind us of something that's been forgotten. Sometime's it's a warning. At other times, it's a message of comfort- or it may simply be a call to conversion. Whatever the message is He sends, it doesn't change the Bible. Rather, it brings us back to it at a certain time in history.
In the message God gives to us through St. Faustina he wants to remind us of the heart of Sacred Scripture, namely, his mercy for us sinners. He is saying to us sinners, "Now is the time of extraordinary mercy! Now is a time when I want to give especially great graces to the human race. I want to pour out my mercy in a big way."
Why would God say this? Why would he want to give us great graces in our time? Some believe St. JPII said it best. First he pointed out something we all know: namely, that there are all kind of blessings in our contemporary society. For instance, modern technology has done so much to make life easier for us. Yet in the midst of the blessings technology bring, JP would say that evil has a reach and power in our day like never before. Indeed, our time, sadly, is marked by unprecedented evil.
Despite this John Paul would also say, "Be not afraid." Why should we not be afraid? Because of what St. Paul writes in Romans 5:20,
"Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."
GOD IS NOT OUTDONE BY EVIL.
SO IN A TIME OF GREAT EVIL, GOD WANTS TO GIVE US EVEN GREATER GRACES,
AND IN OUR TIME, THE GRACES ARE HUGE, PRECISELY, BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH SIN. THERE ARE A TON OF GRACES AVAILABLE TO US,
WHY NOT GATHER THEM IN?
ABC's of Divine Mercy
Parts of the Message
of divine mercy- F.I.N.C.H.
Feast of Divine Mercy
What Jesus said about the Feast of Divine Mercy:
"On that day (Divine Mercy Sunday), the very depths of My tender mercy are opened. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy... On that day, all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. " (Diary, n. 699).
The Feast of Divine Mercy aka Divine Mercy Sunday which falls on the Second Sunday of Easter! What's so great about Divine Mercy Sunday? Look at it this way: What's the most important Feast Day of the year? Easter, right? We celebrate Easter for eight full days, which is why we call it day the Octave of Easter. But the Last day is the greatest of all: the eight day! Divine Mercy Sunday is the eighth day of Easter, the pinnacle of pinnacles of Feast Days!
This day existed way before St. Faustina. In fact, it has its roots in the Easter celebrations of the early Church. This great feast of mercy had been forgotten and was almost completely unknown. So Jesus used St. Faustina to make this Feast known and celebrated again. Regarding Divine Mercy Sunday Jesus told St. Faustina, "The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (Diary, n. 699). Now, that's a big deal. It means that if we were to die right after receiving this grace, then we wouldn't, then we wouldn't have to go to Purgatory! In other words, our slate is wiped clean. St. JPII likened the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday to a second baptism. Of course, it's not the same as Baptism, but it is an extraordinary grace of being cleansed of sin and the punishment due to sin.
The good news about the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday is that to receive it you simply need to:
1) Go to Confession within 8 days before, on, or after the Feast
2) Be in the state of grace (have no mortal sin on your soul)
3) Receive Holy Communion with the intention of obtaining the promised grace
Of course, we should also do acts of mercy such as forgiving people, praying for others, and having the intention to be more merciful to our neighbor.
Image of Divine Mercy
What Jesus said about the Image of Divine Mercy: "I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces ... that vessel is this image with the signature, 'Jesus, I trust in you.' By means of this image, I shall be granting many graces to souls." (Diary, n. 327, 742). Jesus told St. Faustina to have an image painted just as he looked when he appeared to her. She obeyed and had it painted just as he looked when he appeared to her. She obeyed and had it painted by a Polish artist, Eugene Kazimirowski. It took him more than 12 tries before Faustina accepted it as satisfactory. Many people have experienced special graces through the image. On grace that comes through the image is this: It heals the way people often mistakenly view God. Here's what I mean. People too often have a false image of God. They're afraid of him and see him as some mean ogre just out to ruin their fun. Well, the Image of Divine Mercy help to change that. In it, we discover our Merciful Savior who surely calls us to conversion but who also blesses us, loves us, and is deserving of all of our trust.
Novena to Divine Mercy
What Jesus says about the Novena: "By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls." (Diary, n. 796).
The Novena to Divine Mercy. A novena is basically nine days of prayer in a row. Jesus taught St. Faustina a novena that he wanted her to pray and that we can all pray. Each day, he asked that a different group of people be entrusted to him (for example "all sinners" on day one and "all priests and religious on day two). The novena can be prayed at any time, but a special time to pray it is in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday. The starting date for the novena, combined with praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, is Good Friday, and it ends on the Saturday after Easter Sunday, the day before Divine Mercy Sunday. While you don't have to pray this novena to obtain the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday, it is a good way to prepare for the Feast!
What Jesus says about the Chaplet:
"Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will recieve great mercy at the hour of death.... Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy." (Diary, n. 687).
"Oh what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet." (Diary, n. 848). The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a prayer that is prayed on ordinary rosary beads, and can be prayed in about seven minutes! The Chaplet is an incredibly powerful prayer that draws its strength from the holiest and mightiest prayer there is: the Mass. The Chaplet is an extension of Jesus' own sacrifice of love in our hands, held up to the Father, and the Father can't resist such a perfect sacrifice of love. It really is the perfect prayer. The Chaplet is a bold prayer for the whole world. And it can be bold, because it relies on infinite merits: Christ's infinite sacrifice of love on the Cross. On each "Hail Mary" bead, we pray, "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." In other words, as we're holding up to the Father his Son's infinite sacrifice of love, we keep repeating: "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." More specifically we keep praying, "Have mercy on us and on the whole world." Look under the devotional tab for how to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
What Jesus says about the Hour of Mercy: "This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world.. I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion." (Diary, n. 1320). Because Jesus died on the Cross for us at 3p.m. everyday between 3-4 in the afternoon is known as the Hour of Great Mercy. During this hour, Jesus asked St. Faustina to pray the Stations of the Cross, provided her duties permitted to it. But he went on to say, "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 into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there you happen to be.. and if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony." (Diary, n. 1572, 1320). What Jesus wants above all through this devotion is that we recall his sacrifice of love. He wants us to think about what he did for us on the Cross. He simply wants our love. So let's get to the "three o' clock habit" and remember Jesus' sacrifice of love for us, even if only for a moment. THIS HOUR IS A HUGE TIME OF GRACE. It's a great time to pray for our loved ones, especially the conversion of unrepentant sinners, and to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Look at devotional prayer tab under "formation" for some recommended 3'o clock hour prayers.
The Image of Divine Mercy
1. Jesus right hand is raised in blessing
2. He’s taking a step toward us, and two rays of light issue from his Heart: a red ray and a pale ray, representing the blood and water that gushed forth from his pierced side on the Cross.
3. At the bottom of the image, Jesus wanted a prayer to be written, “Jesus I trust in you.”
4. He promised to give great graces through it!
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