The mission of Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic religious community with a prophetic charism. The Divine Mercy is an extraordinary power given a Christian by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church. We feel that God has called all of us to spread His mercy throughout the world. We humble ourselves before God, in order to act through faith and spread His Word. From the diary of St. Faustina: The Lord’s Promise: “ the souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.”
Saint Faustina: Who Is She and what is her message?
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament lived in Poland during the early 20th century. She was born on August 25, 1905. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925. There she performed the humblest of tasks (cook, gardener, and doorkeeper) but she performed all of her tasks out of love for Jesus (a lesson for all of us). She wrote a Diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul. What is remarkable about this diary is that Saint Faustina did not have much schooling (less than three years) and yet she wrote a masterpiece describing and conveying to the world the awesomeness, the fullness, and the depth of Jesus’ mercy and love. She was a nun for 13 years. She died of tuberculosis, at the age of 33, on October 5, 1938.
Pope John Paul II beatified her on April 18, 1993. Pope John Paul II canonized her Saint Faustina on April 30, 2000 – the First Sunday after Easter. Her feast day is October 5th.
Jesus entrusted to her care the task of spreading the message of His Divine Mercy with the world. Jesus ordered Saint Faustina to paint an image of what she saw and with the inscription “Jesus, I trust in You”. This image (see above) is known as the Divine Mercy image (two rays, red and pale, coming from Jesus’ breast).
The Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. carry on the work of spreading St. Faustina’s Diary (Divine Mercy In My Soul), the message of Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy Novena, and devotion to the Divine Mercy Image. The Diary is available in many formats (book, ebook, and audiobook) and languages.
According to John Paul, Divine Mercy is the limit imposed by God on evil. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy offers atonement and implores mercy for our sins and those of the whole world. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-410S9wP0s to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. To hear the prayer in song, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSVvBQtSqFM
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. This day is also the last day of the Octave of Easter (the eighth day of the feast of Easter).
The feast of Divine Mercy is “a day of extraordinary graces – a complete outpouring of His mercy upon all who approach Him with great trust and expectant faith” (How to Prepare for Mercy Sunday by Fr. George Kosicki, CSB and Vinny Flynn).
“To receive the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday, you need to go to Confession before or on the day of the feast – sometime during Lent suffices; be in the state of grace (no mortal sin); and receive Holy Communion with the intention of obtaining the promised grace”
(The Devotion To The Divine Mercy Just remember F.I.N.C.H. by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.).
Another beautiful element of Divine Mercy Sunday is that the Church also gives us the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence attached to act of worship of the Divine Mercy or participation in a Divine Mercy service on the same day (under normal conditions) that we can offer for ourselves or for a Holy Soul in Purgatory (The Devotion to The Divine Mercy Just remember F. I. N. C. H. by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.).
To Learn More About Divine Mercy
~ visit the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. website:
~ visit EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song occurs at 3:00 pm every day on EWTN (television, computer, and radio).