Carol is a Mary Queen church parishioner, and she tells of our Lord's great mercy and the great Divine Mercy Feast Day and Devotion. After the loss of her son, Mark, at age 26, her family's hearts were broken, however all had an inner peace that they couldn't fathom.
Because Mark died on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 22nd, 1990, this date became important to Carol. She learned God's mercy is especially great on this feast day. Carol began to read St. Maria Faustina Kowalska's diary, and the 3 o'clock hour of Great Mercy became part of Carol's everyday life. One day, while praying during the 3 o'clock hour, she heard a voice in her head, as clear as day, saying, “You will begin now to prepare for next year.” Carol immediately went over to the church and asked for assistance, and that day Carol and the priest began to make plans for next year to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Francis Cabrini.
Now, 20 years later, Carol told about this devotion and God's great mercy. We are told that God's love is unlimited and available to everyone, especially the greatest sinners. Jesus said to St. Faustina, “The greater the sinner, the greater the right to My mercy," (Diary, page 723).
This message of mercy St Faustina received from Our Lord can be remembered by simply remembering ABC. Ask for His mercy, Be merciful to others, Complete trust in Jesus.
Mercy is love that seeks to relieve the misery of others. It is an active love, poured out upon others to heal, comfort, console, to remove pain. It is the love God offers us, and it is the love He demands from us for each other.
Jesus requested that the Sunday after Easter be officially established in the church as the Feast of Mercy. He said to St. Faustina, “On this 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,” (Diary, page 699). “I delight particularly in a soul that has placed its trust in My goodness,” (Diary, page 699). “Souls that make an appeal to my Mercy delight Me," (Diary, page 1146).
“You always console me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered. Oh what graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet; the very depths of My Tender Mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the Chaplet. Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death, (Diary, page 1520).
Go to http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php for instructions on how to say the Chaplet.
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