The feast of the Divine Mercy is celebrated on the first Sunday
after Easter Sunday. The upcoming season of Lent is a perfect time
to prepare ourselves for this great feast of Mercy, placing our
trust in the mercy of God and especially by practicing deeds of
mercy. "Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy,
but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of
love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere.
You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it."
(Diary 742). Sorrow
"I never reject a contrite heart" (1485). "Sooner would heaven and
earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting
soul" (1777). "On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened
wide by the lance for all souls — no one have I excluded! (1182).
The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is
that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize
that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon
Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to
others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering
Ask for His Mercy.
God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting
of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and
upon the whole world.
Be merciful. God wants us
to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.
He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just
as He does to us.
Completely trust in Jesus.
God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent
upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine
Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated
Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a
diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received
about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to
The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint
Faustina and set forth in this web site and other publications of
the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance
with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel
message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented,
they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.
Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust
in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is
merciful to you.
In His revelations
to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, Jesus made mention of His desires
concerning the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday) on 14 different
occasions. The most comprehensive revelation can be found in entry
699 of the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska:
In the 1930s,
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a young, uneducated nun, received extraordinary
revelations from our Lord Jesus regarding God's loving message of
My daughter, tell
the whole world about My inconceivable
mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter
for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the
very depths of My tender mercy are open.
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 graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near
to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great
that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it
throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from
the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity.
The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very
depths of tenderness. It is My desire that
it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind
will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.
of the Message and Devotion to Divine Mercy
The Message of the
Divine Mercy that Sr. Faustina received from the Lord was not only
directed toward her personal growth in faith but also toward the
good of the people. With the command of our Lord to paint an image according
to the pattern that Sr. Faustina had seen, came also a request to
have this image venerated, first in the Sisters' chapel, and then
throughout the world. The same is true with the revelations of the
Chaplet. The Lord requested that this Chaplet be said not only by
Sr. Faustina, but by others: "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet that I have given you."
The same is true of
the revelation of the Feast of Mercy. "The
Feast of Mercy emerged from my very depths of tenderness. It is
my desire that it solemnly be celebrated on the first Sunday after
Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the fount
of My Mercy."
These requests of
the Lord given to Sr. Faustina between 1931 and 1938 can be considered
the beginning of the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in the new
Through the efforts
of Sr. Faustina’s spiritual directors, Fr. Michael Sopocko,
and Fr. Joseph Andrasz, SJ, and others — including the Marians of the Immaculate
Conception — this message began to spread throughout the world.
However, it is important
to remember that this message of The Divine Mercy,
revealed to St. Faustina and to our present generation is not new.
It is a powerful reminder of who God is and has been from the very
beginning. This truth that God is in His very nature Love and Mercy
Itself, is given to us by our Judeo-Christian faith and God’s self-revelation.
The veil that has hidden the mystery of God from eternity was lifted
by God Himself. In His goodness and love God chose to reveal Himself
to us, His creatures, and to make known His eternal plan of salvation.
This He had done partly through the Old Testament Patriarchs, Moses
and the Prophets, and fully through His only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In the person
of Jesus Christ, conceived through power of the Holy Spirit and
born of the Virgin Mary, the unseen God was made visible.
reveals God as Merciful Father
The Old Testament
speaks frequently and with great tenderness about God’s mercy. Yet,
it was Jesus, who through His words and actions, revealed to us
in an extraordinary way, God as a loving Father, rich in mercy and
abounding in great kindness and love. In Jesus’ merciful love and
care for the poor, the oppressed, the sick and the sinful, and especially
in His freely choosing to take upon Himself the punishment for our
sins (a truly horrible suffering and death on the Cross), so that
all may be freed from destructive consequences and death, He manifested
in a superabundant and radical way the greatness of God’s love and
mercy for humanity. In His person as God-Man, one in being with
the Father, Jesus both reveals and is God’s Love and Mercy Itself.
message of God’s Love and Mercy is especially made known by the
The good news revealed
through Jesus Christ is that God’s love for each person knows no
bounds, and no sin or infidelity, no matter how horrible, will separate
us from God and His love when we turn to Him in confidence, and
seek his mercy. God’s will is our salvation. He has done all on
our behalf, but since He made us free, He invites us to choose Him
and partake of His divine life. We become partakers of His divine
life when we believe in His revealed truth and trust Him, when we
love Him and remain true to His word, when we honor Him and seek
His Kingdom, when we receive Him in Communion and turn away from
sin; when we are mutually caring and forgiving.
In 1931, our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in a vision.
She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in
blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the Heart,
from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. She
gazed intently at the Lord in silence, her soul filled with awe, but also
with great joy. Jesus said to her:
Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus,
I trust in You. 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 (Diary, 47, 48). I am offering people a vessel with
which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That
vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You (327).
I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then]
throughout the world (47)
The Image of
The Divine Mercy
At the request of her spiritual director,
St. Faustina asked the Lord about the meaning of the rays in the image.
She heard these words in reply:
The two rays denote Blood and Water.
The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red
ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued
forth from the depths of My tender mercy when
My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. Happy is the one
who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay
hold of him (299). By means of this image I shall grant many graces
to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even
the strongest faith is of no avail without works (742).
indicate that the Image represents the graces of Divine Mercy poured out
upon the world, especially through Baptism and the Eucharist.
versions of this image have been painted, but our Lord made it clear that
itself is not what is important. When St. Faustina first saw the original
image that was being painted under her direction, she wept in disappointment
and complained to Jesus: "Who will paint You as beautiful as You
answer, she heard these words: "Not in the beauty of the color, nor
of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace" (313).
no matter which version of the image we prefer, we can be assured that
it is a vehicle of God’s grace if it is revered with trust in His mercy.
To observe Divine Mercy Sunday properly, one thing
we must do is go to confession, preferably before that Sunday. Think of
this confession as the big annual "spring cleaning" time for
your soul. Once your inner house is all cleaned up, you will be ready
to receive the Lord Himself in Holy Communion and enthrone Him in the
center of your heart as your King!
Prepare Yourself Properly
Going to Confession is not the only way we should
prepare ourselves for Divine Mercy Sunday. As Cardinal Francis Macharski,
then Archbishop of Cracow, Poland, explains in a 1985 pastoral letter,
we are not simply called to ask for God's mercy with trust. We are also
called to be merciful:
Our own merciful attitude is likewise a preparation.
Without deeds of mercy, our devotion would not be real. For Christ does
not only reveal the mercy of God, but at the same time He places before
people the demand that they conduct themselves in life with love and mercy.
Pope John Paul II states that this requirement constitutes the very heart
of the Gospel ethos (Rich in Mercy, 3) — it is the commandment
of love and the promise: 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain
mercy' (Mt 5:7). Let it be a mercy that is forgiving and true, and universal,
with good words, deeds, and prayer for others!"
Our Lord's words to St. Faustina about this requirement
to be merciful are very strong and leave no room for misinterpretation:
Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast
of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy. … I demand from you deeds
of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me.
You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must
not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it
(Diary of St. Faustina, 742).
Thus, to fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy, we should:
Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter;
Sincerely repent of all our sins;
Place our complete trust in Jesus;
Go to confession, preferably before that Sunday;
Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;
Venerate* the Image of The Divine Mercy;
Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their
*To venerate a sacred image or statue simply means to perform some
act or make some gesture of deep religious respect toward it because of
the person whom it represents — in this case, our Most Merciful Savior.
“O my Jesus, each of Your saints reflects
one of Your virtues; I desire to reflect Your compassionate heart, full of mercy;
I want to glorify it. Let Your mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart and
soul like a seal, and this will be my badge in this and the future life.”
Maria Faustina Kowalska
Biography of St. Maria Faustina
(August 25, 1905 – October 5, 1938)
An excerpt from Apostle of Divine Mercy, a biography
published by the Vatican.
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, an apostle of Divine Mercy,
belongs today to the group of the most popular and well-known saints of the
Through her the Lord Jesus communicates to the world the great
message of God's mercy and reveals the pattern of Christian perfection based
on trust in God and on the attitude of mercy toward one's neighbors.
Sr. Faustina was born on August 25, 1905 in Glogowiec in Poland
of a poor and religious family of peasants, the third of ten children. She
was baptized with the name Helena in the parish church of Swinice Warckie.
From a very tender age she stood out because of her love of prayer, work, obedience,
and also her sensitivity to the poor. At the age of seven she had already
felt the first stirrings of a religious vocation. Helen made her first Holy
Communion at the age of nine, which was very profound moment in her awareness
of the presence of the Divine Guest within her soul. She attended school for
three years. After finishing school, she wanted to enter the convent but her
parents would not give her permission. Being of age at sixteen, Helen left
home and went to work as a housekeeper in Aleksandrów, Lodi, and Ostrówek
in order to find the means of supporting herself and of helping her parents.
Helen joins Sister of Our Lady of Mercy
Helen never lost her desire for a religious vocation. After being
called during a vision of the Suffering Christ, she entered the Congregation
of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925, and took the name Sr.
Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. She lived in the Congregation
for thirteen years in several religious houses. She spent time at Krakow,
Plock and Vilnius, where she worked as a cook, gardener, and porter.
Externally nothing revealed her rich mystical interior life.
She zealously performed her tasks and faithfully observed the rule of religious
life. She was recollected and at the same time very natural, serene, and full
of kindness and disinterested love for her neighbor. Although her life was
apparently insignificant, monotonous and dull, she hid within herself an extraordinary
union with God.
It is the mystery of the Mercy of God which she contemplated
in the word of God as well as in the everyday activities of her life that
forms the basis of her spirituality. The process of contemplating and getting
to know the mystery of God's mercy helped develop within Sr. Maria Faustina
the attitude of child-like trust in God as well as mercy toward her neighbors.
Sister Faustina was a faithful daughter of the Church which
she loved like a Mother and the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
Conscious of her role in the Church, she cooperated with God's mercy in the
task of saving lost souls. At the specific request of and following the example
of the Lord Jesus, she made a sacrifice of her own life for this very goal.
In her spiritual life she also distinguished herself with a love of the Eucharist
and a deep devotion to the Mother of Mercy.
The Secretary of God's Mercy
The Lord Jesus chose Sr. Maria Faustina as the Apostle and
"Secretary" of His Mercy, so that she could tell the world about
His great message, which Sr. Faustina recorded in a diary she titled Divine
Mercy in My Soul. In the Old Covenant He said to her:
"I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. 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." (Diary 1588)
In an extraordinary way, Sr. Maria Faustina's work sheds light
on the mystery of the Divine Mercy. It delights not only the simple and uneducated
people, but also scholars who look upon it as an additional source of theological
research. The Diary has been translated into many languages, among
others, English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian,
Hungarian, Czech, and Slovak.
Sr. Maria Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and by innumerable
sufferings which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died in
Krakow at the age of just 33 on October 5, 1938, with a reputation for spiritual
maturity and a mystical union with God. The reputation of the holiness of
her life grew as did the cult to the Divine Mercy and the graces she obtained
from God through her intercession. In the years 1965-67, the Investigative
Process into her life and heroic virtues was undertaken in Krakow and in the
year 1968, the Beatification Process was initiated in Rome. The latter came
to an end in December 1992.
On April 18, 1993 our Holy Father, John Paul II raised St.
Faustina to the glory of the altars. She was canonized on April 30, 2000.
St. Maria Faustina's remains rest at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in
The Sunday after Easter Sunday, might be the greatest day of the year due
to the immense amount of mercy that Christ pours out upon the earth. Below
is the exact wording of the Divine Mercy promise given by Christ to Saint
and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and
punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow
are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be
as scarlet...Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of
- Saint Faustina, Diary, 699. -
Some say that Our Lord's Divine Mercy Promise is even greater
and more generous than a plenary indulgence. Why? With a plenary indulgence
the usual conditions are:
1) Receive Holy Communion
2) Make a good Confession within 20 or so days
3) Pray for the Pope
The last one;
(4) is the most difficult and most subjective.
No one knows if they have attained full detachment from all sins. Hence,
plenary indulgences are difficult and uncertain.
The amazing thing about Christ's promise to us on Divine Mercy Sunday is
that the condition for detachment of sin is absent. This means that if you
make a good confession and receive Holy Communion devoutly, you will receive
full remission of all temporal punishment. If then you went to Confession
and died after receiving Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday you would not
spend one single moment in purgatory!!!
Saint Faustina's vision was originally doubted by the Holy Office and her
writings were censured because it was assumed that such a merciful and generous
promise would be impossible. This doubt was later overcome and the Catholic
Church universally embraces this promise of mercy. Christ's promise essentially
offers all the graces of a second baptism! Of course, it should not surprise
us that Our Lord is so merciful and loving toward us. Saint Paul wrote that:
“The Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written:
Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles and will sing
to thy name.” (Romans 15:9, D-R)
The nations of the earth shall be greater glory to God for His divine mercy.
That's a promise.
If you want to learn more about Divine Mercy Sunday…
The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads
of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary
of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
2. Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for
souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life,
unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out
(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain
of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
3. Our Father
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.
4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art
thou amongst 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.
5. The Apostle's Creed
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; on the third day He rose again
from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of
God the Father almighty; from there He will 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
6. The Eternal Father
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.
7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and
on the whole world.
8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our
Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion"
(7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.
9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on
us and on the whole world.
10. Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion
— inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in
difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great
confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of
a celebration of a feast day. At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy,
the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena is recited perpetually at the Hour of
Great Mercy — the three o'clock hour.
The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it
be recited as a novena. He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets),
I will grant every possible grace to souls."
For each of the nine days, our Lord
gave Saint Faustina a different intention:
All mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious;
all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those
who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from
the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children;
the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained
in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm.
"I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain
of My mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and
whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life, and especially
at the hour of death."
Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and
immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the
bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and
to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place
in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of
You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially
upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy,
that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for
ever and ever. Amen.
Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse
them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter
Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace
in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy
works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy
who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones
in Your vineyard—upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them
with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son
in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they
may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing
praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.
*In the original text, St. Faustina uses the pronoun "us"
since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated
religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer
suitable for universal use.
Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse
then in the ocean of My mercy. The souls brought Me consolation on the Way
of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us
into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape
from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wonderous love for
the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the
inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your
blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they
never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with
all the hosts of Angels
and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD* AND THOSE
WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion,
and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode
of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in
God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace
enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful
mercy; and do not let them escape from the
abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not
believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed
in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the
Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You.
Grant that they,
too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
*Our Lord's original words here were "the pagans."
Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace
this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.
Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES
FROM MY CHURCH,* and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter
Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return
to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness
Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into
the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated
themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the
Church, and do not let them escape from the
abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too,
come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have
separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings
and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting
in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your
own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake,
since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it
about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
*Our Lord's original words here were "heretics and schismatics,"
since He spoke to Saint Faustina within the context of her times. As of
the Second Vatican Council, Church authorities have seen fit not to use
those designations in accordance with the explanation given in the Council's
Decree on Ecumenism (n.3). Every pope since the Council has reaffirmed that
usage. Saint Faustina herself, her heart always in harmony with the mind
of the Church, most certainly would have agreed. When at one time, because
of the decisions of her superiors and Father confessor, she was not able
to execute Our Lord's inspirations and orders, she declared: "I will
follow Your will insofar as You will permit me to do so through Your representative.
O my Jesus, I give priority to the voice of the Church over the voice with
which You speak to me"
(Diary, 497). The Lord confirmed her action and praised her for it.
Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF
LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy.
These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during
My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My
altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul
is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself
have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart."
Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble
souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven
into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling
bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance.
These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus,
and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek
souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the
abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the
closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance
rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of
all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these
souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all
souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages.
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY
MY MERCY,* and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over
my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images
of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness
in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall
particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.
Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode
of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol
and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the
very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities
they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they
carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely,
but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the
souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless
mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These
souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their
hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High!
I beg You O God:
Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in
You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to
them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls
who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend
as His glory. Amen.
*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed
to Jesus, Who is
the Redeemer, it is "victim" souls and contemplatives that are
being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves
to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This
explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy
that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed
to the Father from whom comes "every worthwhile gift and every genuine
benefit," we recommend the "active" souls, who promote devotion
to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it
all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting
of their brethren.
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY,
and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood
cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me.
They are making retribution to My justice. It is
in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury
of My Church and offer them on
their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually
offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I
bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory,
souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your
justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your
Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your
mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory,
who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by
the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with
which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls
who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only
through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe
that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,* and immerse
them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully.
My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because
of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this
cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them,
the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls
into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure
love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep
loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very
ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy
love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless
enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg
You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour
agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.
*To understand who are the souls designated for this day, and
who in the Diary are called 'lukewarm,' but are also compared to ice and
to corpses, we would do well to take note of the definition that the Savior
Himself gave to them when speaking to St. Faustina about them on one occasion:
There are souls who thwart My efforts (1682). Souls without love or devotion,
souls full of egoism and selfishness, proud and arrogant souls full of deceit
and hypocrisy, lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep themselves
alive: My Heart cannot bear this. All the graces that I pour out upon them
flow off them
as off the face of a rock. I cannot stand them because they are neither
good nor bad (1702).