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Divine Mercy Resources

The Lord always knows our needs. And in times of need, He reminds us of the call of the Gospel, the call to penance and conversion for ourselves and for others, for our faith tells us that we do not make this journey alone. When trials are upon us, the Lord reminds us of His Mercy, which has been described as ‘the bridge between God and man’.

And in dark days, He raises up great Saints in the Church who shine like beacons, their light and example showing all of us what is expected of us in living out the Gospels. In the first half of the 20th Century, such a Saint was raised up by the Lord. Her name was Faustina Kowalska.

 

Essential Elements of the Divine Mercy Devotion

Divine Mercy is not a new idea. It is an ancient one, but one which we have perhaps forgotten in large part. But it is very much a devotion which is pertinent to our times, when evil seems to have such great power in the world.

In His revelations to St Faustina (which have received the full approval of the Church), Jesus proposed a form of devotion to Divine Mercy with particular characteristics and features.

Undertaking a scholarly and theological analysis of the writings of St Faustina and the devotion she puts forward, Father Ignacy Rozycki wrote ‘Devotion To The Divine Mercy’. Speaking of this work and quoting it, the critical edition of the Diary of St Faustina (Marian Press, 2014) lists the essentials of the Divine Mercy devotion, as revealed to St Faustina, as follows –

The Image of the Merciful Jesus – the visible reminder of the demands of the Merciful Jesus

The feast of Divine Mercy – the heart or central core of the devotion

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy – the means of entreating mercy for the whole world

The Hour of Great Mercy – the memorial of the hour of the Crucifixion

Spreading devotion to the Divine Mercy – in deed, word and prayer

 

To each of these essential elements, the Most Merciful Jesus attached particular demands and particular promises.

In short, the Divine Mercy devotion reminds us that God is infinitely merciful – He loves each one of us despite our human frailty and sinfulness, and He wants all of us to trust in that mercy. And in receiving His mercy, we are then obliged to be merciful to others.

To help us in this, we have the elements listed above, the greatest of which is the Feast of Divine Mercy, which the Church now celebrates as Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter.

The core concepts underpinning the devotion and providing it’s theological basis are reflected in St John Paul II’s beautiful encyclical ‘Dives In Misericordiae’ (Rich In Mercy), which complements the Diary of St Faustina very well.

Read more about each of these essential elements by clicking on the links below.

 

 

Apostles of Mercy

Apostles of Mercy

"The souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy.. are living images of My Compassionate Heart."- Diary of Saint Faustina, para. 1224. Every...

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The Time of Mercy

The Time of Mercy

"Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee (of Mercy)– because this is the time for mercy.” – Pope Francis,  homily for first vespers of Divine...

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Image of Divine Mercy

Image of Divine Mercy

“I promise that the soul that will venerate this Image will not perish.” “I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for...

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Feast of Divine Mercy

Feast of Divine Mercy

Pope St John Paul II was directly responsible for the final establishment of the Divine Mercy devotion by removing the final obstacles which had...

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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

“Say unceasingly the Chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it...

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Novena of Divine Mercy

Novena of Divine Mercy

“By means of this Novena,I will grant every possible grace to souls”  (Diary, para.796)   In her Diary, Saint Faustina writes that the Merciful...

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St Faustina Kowalska

St Faustina Kowalska

“You are the Secretary of My Mercy;I have chosen you for this office, in this life and in the next” – the Merciful Lord speaking to Saint...

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Blessed Fr Sopocko

Blessed Fr Sopocko

“He will help you to carry out My will on earth” (Diary of Saint Faustina, para.53). Those familiar with the Divine Mercy devotion are aware that...

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A Gaze Upon Sinners

A Gaze Upon Sinners

“My gaze from this Image is like My gaze from the Cross” - Diary of Saint Faustina In the Diary of Saint Faustina, the Lord tells us through the...

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20 Years of Divine Mercy

20 Years of Divine Mercy

“Today, bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy.. These souls sorrowed most over My Passion and entered most deeply into...

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The Eternal Father

The Eternal Father

"Jesus revealed that God is Father in an unheard-of sense: He is Father not only in being Creator; He is eternally Father in relation to His only...

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Tribunal of Mercy

Tribunal of Mercy

"Do not be afraid of Confession!"- Pope Francis The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession - is one of the most beautiful Sacraments of the...

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A Personal Signature

A Personal Signature

"Paint an Image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.." - Diary, para. 47 I desire that this Image be...

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This Work Of Mercy

This Work Of Mercy

"With souls that have recourse to My mercy and with those that glorify and proclaim My great mercy to others, I will deal according to My infinite...

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A Timely Devotion

A Timely Devotion

Divine Providence, Divine Justice and Divine Mercy are intimately linked. And in that great providence, the Lord gives us exactly what we need, at...

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The Passion and Mercy

The Passion and Mercy

"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us.."(Chaplet of Divine Mercy)   The Passion of Christ features centrally in the Divine...

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The Gaze Of Mercy

The Gaze Of Mercy

"My gaze from this Image is like My gaze from the Cross"  (Diary, para.326)   Sometimes we look at something so often that we no longer see what...

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The Merciful God

The Merciful God

One of the most beautiful sections of the Diary of Saint Faustina is to be found in Notebook V, written around January 1938, the final year of her...

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Divine Peace at Death

Divine Peace at Death

“I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust....

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Faustina and the Eucharist

Faustina and the Eucharist

"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.." - prayer from the Chaplet of...

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Divine Mercy and the Dying

Divine Mercy and the Dying

Not so very long ago, Catholics were taught to remember the Four Last Things - death, judgement, Heaven and hell. We are certain to experience the...

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