Divine Providence, Divine Justice and Divine Mercy are intimately linked. And in that great providence, the Lord gives us exactly what we need, at precisely the time we need it most. The devotion to Jesus as Divine Mercy is the perfect example of this truth.
Our world tends to concern itself with ‘me’ – the individual. All things are relative – to ‘me’. The individual is the focus of self-perception, the centre of the universe, as it were, with everything else swirling around on the periphery like so many stars.
And yet, our Christian faith teaches us something quite different to this – community and the communion of love, a reflection of the very love of the Most Holy Trinity. The Our Father puts it very simply and perfectly succinctly – ‘our’ Father, not ‘my’ Father.
Into this era of the ‘self’, the Lord enters once more into our human story, to remind us that He is the centre of all things, not us; all things are relative to Him, Who holds all things in existence. Consequently, we are enabled to see ourselves illuminated in His own light – and in that divine light, we finally see our true self, our true nature; we are sinners before the One Who is all holy. And as such, we are deserving of His Justice.
The Lord, however, tempers His Justice with His Mercy. He encourages us to really TRUST in Him, to establish – or re-establish – an intimate relationship with Him, to return to Him, turning away from our sinfulness and begging His Mercy, confident as children than in asking, we will receive. He promises us that our sinfulness can never exhaust His Mercy.
The manual of this devotion is the Diary of Saint Faustina, entitled ‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’, and our Saint models for us the living-out of the devotion. The heart of the devotion is the Image of Divine Mercy and all that accompanies it – the Chaplet, the Feast and so forth. In practising the devotion in an authentic manner, we come to realise that all things are not about ‘me’, but about others – returning to the demand of the Gospel that we love our neighbour as ourself, and that we forgive if we wish to be forgiven. Mercy demands mercy.
Of course, this is only a brief description of a very deep (yet simple) devotion – and one which is perfectly suited to the present time and to all the people of this age.
There is a lot of information on this website relating to the Divine Mercy devotion – why not have a look around, particularly at the menu list at the top of the page.
In this day, the Church – in Her wisdom – points out to us this particular devotion in a special way, and raises up Saint Faustina as a model of faith in our time, and with very good reason.
May these pages do a little good for a soul somewhere in need.
Jesus, we TRUST in You!