By Fr. Joel de los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments
Our Lord Jesus not only revealed to St. Faustina the fundamental virtues of trust to God and mercy to others, but also taught her how to live our response to His mercy. We call these the devotion to The Divine Mercy. “Devotion” means fulfilling our vows. It is a commitment of our lives to the Lord who is Mercy itself.
Devoting ourselves to the Divine Mercy-Jesus Christ Himself, we become instruments of his mercy to our neighbor and so live out God’s commandment of mercy. “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” (Lk 6:35)
Jesus revealed to St. Faustina the especial means of drawing His mercy namely:
Image of Merciful Jesus
On Febr. 22, 1931, Jesus revealed himself in a vision to St. Faustina and said to her, “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, the signature, ‘Jesus I Trust In You.’ ” (Diary 41). I want this image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. (Diary 49).
Two rays are emanating from his breast, one red the other pale. Red rays symbolize blood, the white rays symbolize water; hence red for the Blood of Jesus — Eucharist, and white for water — Baptism. That means nourishing and cleansing Sacraments.
Feast of Divine Mercy
Jesus said to St. Faustina, “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.” (Diary 699). At the canonization of St. Faustina, St. John Paul II declared to the whole world that the First Sunday after Easter be named DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.
Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
“When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul. “(Diary 1541). The souls that will say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of death.” (Diary 7540).
The hour of Mercy
In Diary No. 1572, St. Faustina wrote Jesus words to her, “As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly, for poor sinners; for at that hour mercy was opened wide for every soul.”
Spreading the honor of the Divine Mercy
In Diary No. 1075, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “Souls who spread the honor of My mercy, I shield through their entire life as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a judge for them, but the Merciful Savior.”
The essence of The Divine Mercy devotion is found in the Christian attitude of trust in God and of an active love toward neighbor. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from it or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.” (Diary 742).
On the flip side, some said that it doesn’t matter who hurt you, or broke you down, what matters is who made you smile again. “To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and the poorest.” (Pope Francis). They say that there are two kinds of people in the world: Givers and Takers. The Takers may eat better, but the Givers sleep more. And if you keep God’s word, it will keep you. Amen on that folks!
Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
Join me in pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Brussels, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain, Paris, Vienna, and sites related to St. Therese of Lisseux, Divine Mercy, Our Lady of the Black Madonna and more July 1-24. Please call me at 483-9464, Lou Salas at 477-8079 or Ann Marie at 649-3221. Thank you.