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INTRODUCTION TO DIVINE MERCY
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. Our Lord Jesus gave Saint Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena.
In her diary, Saint Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
"On each day of the Novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."
The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:
- 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 those who do not yet know Him
- DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) - The 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.
In her Diary, Saint Faustina recorded a number of promises which Jesus made to those devoted to His Divine Mercy. We selected a few of the most powerful of these promises for this article, with a special focus on praying The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It is worth reading these promises a number of times to fully understand them.
Promises for Praying the Chaplet
"Oh what great graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet. Write down these words, my daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the blood and water which gushed forth for them" (Diary 848)
"Say unceasingly 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 grace from My infinite mercy" (Diary 687)
The Promise Of The Grace Of Mercy For The Dying
"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 realises 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 no soul that 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 Saviour" (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)
"I desire that this mercy flow out upon the whole world through your heart. Let no one who approaches you go away without that trust in My mercy, which I so ardently desire for souls. Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least" (Diary, 1777)
Example of the Chaplet Saving a Soul
"My daughter, help me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the Chaplet that I have taught you for him. When I began to say the Chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul’s misery. But while I was saying the Chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the Image. The rays that issued from Jesus’ heart enveloped the sick man and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last." (diary, 1565)
Elements of Divine Mercy
- Diary of Saint Faustina
- Miracles of Divine Mercy
- Divine Mercy Novena
- Trust in The Divine Mercy
- 3 O'Clock Prayer
- Feast of Mercy
- Chaplet of Divine Mercy
- Image of Divine Mercy