According to both Blessed John Paul
II and Saint Faustina Maria Kowlasksa, the virtue of mercy is the greatest
attribute in the Heart of Jesus. This being the case we should strive to
understand this virtue and even more important try to live it out to the full!
MERCY could be defined as God loving
and forgiving the sinner. Most clearly can this be seen in the Parable of the
Prodigal Son or if you like the merciful Father—founded in Luke 15. The son sinned seriously but the loving
Father forgave him fully by hugging him, kissing him, placing a ring on his
finger, giving him new sandals and a new cloak; and if that were not enough the
father threw a huge banquet for the wayward son by killing the fatted calf amidst song and
Every time we renounce and repudiate
our sin and our attachment to that sin and make a good confession, God the
Father showers us with many of the same graces. God becomes our loving Father,
Jesus our best of brothers, the Holy Spirit our best friend and sweet guest of
our soul and many more choice blessings!
Praise God for His mercy!
Pope John Paul and Saint Faustina
SAINT FAUSTINA AND THE DIARY OF MERCY
IN MY SOUL. The past few years there has
been a growing knowledge, devotion and love for Divine mercy as communicated to
us through the inspired writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska. Actually Jesus
gave her as title, “The Secretary of Divine Mercy”.
To give even greater weight to this
modern saint and her writings, Blessed Pope John Paul II’s first canonization
in the new millennium—on Divine Mercy Sunday—was SAINT FAUSTINA KOWALSKA!
Nothing happens by chance!
WE would like to encourage all to
embrace the beautiful and inspiring doctrine of mercy by striving to become
familiar with Saint Faustina and the Diary of mercy…. Following will be a brief
summary of the major tenets of this doctrine!
Jesus forgives the repentant thief!
GOD IS RICH IN MERCY. God’s greatest attribute/virtue is His
mercy. No matter how grave and numerous our sins, God is always ready and
willing to forgive us if we simply say: “Jesus
I am sorry and forgive me!” In a heartbeat Jesus is ready to forgive even the
worst of sinners. St. Paul reminds us with these words: “Where sin abounds the mercy of God abounds all
the more.” Pope Francis teaches us on mercy the following: “God never tires in forgiving us, but we
become tired of asking for forgiveness!”
The first canonized saint was the Good thief who pleaded for the mercy
of Jesus and the merciful Savior responded: “Amen
I say to you, today you will be with me in heaven.” Fulton Sheen wryly rejoins: “And the thief died a thief because he stole
WE MUST BE MERCIFUL! If we want to receive the mercy of God, then
this is a two-way street, we in turn must be willing to forgive those who have
hurt us and be merciful. Jesus once
again teaches us: “Be merciful as your
heavenly Father is merciful.” The
most renowned prayer in the world also reminds us (The Our Father). “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who trespass against us…” To
receive God’s mercy, we must be merciful! Not just seven times, but seventy
times seven times! Meaning: always!!!
Jesus forgives through the priest!
CONFESSION! God’s mercy is manifested most abundantly upon
our soul when we have recourse to the Sacrament of Confession which can also be
called the Sacrament of God’s mercy.
Jesus expresses mercy in the person of the priest! If you have not been
to confession in years, return! Jesus the merciful Savior is gently and
patiently waiting for you!
HOUR OF MERCY! The Hour of Mercy is 3:00 p.m. The reason is
crystal clear: Jesus died at 3:00 p.m.
If possible try to remember this moment every day and offer the dying
Savior in His last agony to the Father for the salvation of the whole world,
but especially those who in that hour or that day are in their last agony. God
the Father will never deny His dying Son and His agony nothing, or those who
unite themselves to His agony!
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY! A beautiful prayer! It is short- can be prayed in a few minutes!
In this we offer to the Father His beloved Son--- Body, Blood, Soul and
Divinity. Also we beg for the salvation of all the souls spread throughout the
entire world! We should love what God loves; God has a burning thirst and
hunger for the salvation of souls. Remember the motto of the great Saint John
Bosco: “Give me souls and take all the rest away.”
NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY! This nine day prayer starts on Good Friday
and terminates on Divine Mercy Sunday. The prayer intentions are a model for
anybody who sincerely desires to learn the prayer of intercession. Even though
this novena properly speaking is done in this span of nine days, it can be done
at any time and any place. With respect to prayer—communicating with God—we can
do it any time, any place and in any condition of soul that we find ourselves!
DAILY ACT OF MERCY! In the Diary Jesus encourages all of us to
understand mercy, but also to put it into practice every day, even if it were
in a very small way. Jesus told Saint
Faustina that there are three specific ways that mercy can be practiced.
PRAYER! By simply praying for the well-being of
another person, you are already practicing mercy!
WORDS! KINDNESS IN WORDS! We should all get into the habit of speaking
to others using kind words, using a kind tone of voice, and with kind gestures.
What we do to others we are really doing to Jesus. He Himself said: “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me…” A kind word can lift a soul in deep desolation
into peace and consolation! Why not start today!
DEEDS! Words of kindness are key.
However, our words should be supported by deeds of loving kindness. An easy way to make a check-list would be to
study the Corporal works of mercy that can be found in the Gospel of Matthew
chapter 25…. “I was hungry, thirsty,
naked, in prison, a stranger, and sick…. When? Whenever we did it to the
least of our brothers, we did it to Jesus Himself!
IMAGE OF DIVINE MERCY. Jesus commanded Saint Faustina to have an
image or painting of Him done! After
being approved by her Superior and Spiritual Director, the painting was
accomplished! At first, the nun was displeased because she complained that Jesus Himself was much more beautiful! But
Jesus returned and told her that His grace would still flow through the
image! Why not purchase an image of
Divine Mercy and enthrone it in your home as an exterior sign that you desire
that Jesus the King of mercy reign completely in your home!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY! This Sunday falls the Sunday after Easter
and Jesus ardently desired that this Feast be celebrated with special solemnity
and that on that day the image should be exposed publically, honored and venerated!
Pope John Paul II was instrumental in instituting this Solemnity. It is not
accidental nor by chance that Pope John
Paul II will be canonized on Mercy Sunday, 2014 along with Blessed Pope John
XXIII! Pope John Paul II taught Divine Mercy especially in his encyclical “Dives Misericordia”—(God is rich in
mercy). Equally important this great modern saint lived mercy by forgiving the
man “Agca” who tried to kill him on May 13, 1981!
10. PROMISE! One of the most exalted promises of Divine
Mercy is the following! A good and heartfelt
and contrite confession is made and then on mercy Sunday upon receiving the
Holy Eucharist all of one’s sins are forgiven as well as the temporal
punishment due to those sins! In other words, one’s soul returns to the state
of baptismal innocence. And if he were to die in that moment, his soul would
fly directly to heaven! How sublime is
the mercy of God!
11.APOSTLE OF DIVINE
MERCY! Become an apostle of Divine Mercy. How? Read the Diary to become
familiar with the message! Live out mercy in your life by forgiving immediately
and from your heart! Buy a box of Divine
Mercy cards of 1000 and give them out as many and as often as you can! Especially try to pray the Divine Mercy
chaplet at the deathbed of somebody who is in his/her last agony. In some mysterious
way, Jesus promises to have mercy on that soul, despite how evil a life he lived!
God’s mercy goes way beyond our understanding!
12.MARY AND MERCY! Love Mary!
Saint Alphonsus Liguori states that in God there is both mercy and
justice. However in Mary, she is the essence and the embodiment of mercy. That is why we pray as such, “Hail Holy Queen, mother of mercy, our
life our sweetness and our hope…
CONCLUSION! If we understand mercy, strive to live out
mercy, promote mercy in all times and circumstances, and die trusting in God’s
mercy, then the merciful Savior Jesus the Lord, when we die will say: “Well done faithful servant enter into the
home of your heavenly Father!”