One person lost a much wanted baby, another is waiting to get pregnant, many are out of work or in jobs they dislike, a few have lost or are on the verge of losing their homes, and several are suffering from crippling illnesses.
Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated this year on April 15, 2012. The feast’s key messages are about God’s mercy for us, a reminder to be merciful toward others, and to trust everything to God.
The image associated with this feast is shown above. It is how Jesus appeared to Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) with the instruction to make it known and celebrated particularly on the Sunday after Easter. The red rays represent blood that Jesus shed for us and the white rays represent the forgiveness of sin through baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
As I’ve written before, Saint Theodora’s main teaching was much like the message of Divine Mercy: to Trust in Providence. Saint Theodora believed it to be a key to surviving this world and professed it repeatedly to her sisters and students.
When things are seemingly difficult, trusting that all will be good is challenging. It would help if we knew that everything truly will work out just fine in the near future, but we rarely get that insight. Yet that is exactly what Jesus tells us to do. He said to trust in God’s mercy and love.
I wish you peace while you wait, recover, and recoup.
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The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
(To be prayed on traditional rosary beads.)
- Begin with the Sign of the Cross and pray: One Our Father, One Hail Mary, and The Apostles Creed
- On the Our Father beads say: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, 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 10 Hail Mary beads say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world
Repeat 2 and 3 for all five decades
4. Conclude by saying three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy can be said once, everyday, or as a novena – nine days in a row – for a special intention. Jesus asked through Saint Faustina that it especially be prayed as a novena beginning with Good Friday for souls who are indifferent to him noting these particular intentions:
Day 1 (Good Friday) – All mankind, especially sinners
Day 2 (Holy Saturday) – The souls of priests and religious
Day 3 (Easter Sunday) – All devout and faithful souls
Day 4 (Easter Monday) – Those who do not believe in Jesus and who do not yet know Him
Day 5 (Easter Tuesday) – Souls of separated brethren
Day 6 (Easter Wednesday) – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
Day 7 (Easter Thursday) – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
Day 8 (Easter Friday) – The souls who are detained in purgatory
Day 9 ( Easter Saturday) – The souls who have become lukewarm to Jesus
©Mary K. Doyle