From: Mary Zimmerman
God’s very nature is love; he loved us when he created us, when he redeemed us and when he sanctifies us; these are three of God’s greatest acts of mercy. We are to ask for God’s mercy. Be merciful to others and completely trust in God’s mercy. Jesus said, “If they will not ador my mercy, they will perish for all eternity.”
We will now dwell on the five elements of mercy given through St. Faustina. He named her the secretary of his mercy.
The Feast — The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday is always the Sunday after Easter. Jesus promises great graces on that day. “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, 699). Regarding the graces of 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,” (699).
The novena — Prayer for nine consecutive days, each day for a different group of souls, starting on Good Friday. “Jesus promised, ‘By this novena [of chaplets], I will grant every possible grace to souls,’ (Diary, 796). We can also pray nine consecutive days of chaplets at any time for any intention dear to our hearts.”
The hour of great mercy, Jesus says. “As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour [the hour of Christ’s death], immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners ... In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking,” (1,572).
The chaplet — It’s prayed on rosary beads. Jesus made several comforting promises to those who pray the chaplet: “Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive 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, 687; see also 1,541.)
“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death,” (Diary, 754).
“When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, he told her to have an image painted according to the pattern that she saw before her. ‘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, 48). He continued, ‘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 grant many graces to souls,’ (Diary, 327, 742).”
I could go on and on about this beautiful image; space keeps me from doing so. I have purchased, with the help of many others, a life-size image for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. God seems to be putting it on my heart to purchase another one for $200, perhaps for St. Casimir or Cotter School. If 40 people gave $5 toward it, it would mean many graces upon more people.
I hope this article won’t be in vain. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t take on all the elements of this great devotion at once.
Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
For more information on Divine Mercy material, contact Mary Zimmerman, 318 Orrin Street, Winona, or 507-452-2570.
P.S. Consider this just a mini explanation of God’s mercy. I haven’t touched on the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, in which she wrote down in notebooks extraordinary revelations from our Lord Jesus; he told St. Faustina “You will prepare the world for my final coming.”