Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy devotion is based on the writings of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), a Polish nun who wrote a diary recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. She writes:

“Jesus looked at me and said, Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” (Diary, 965)

“My daughter, know that My Heart is mercy itself. From this sea of mercy, graces flow out upon the whole world. No soul that has approached Me has ever gone away unconsoled. All misery gets buried in the depths of My mercy, and every saving and sanctifying grace flows from this fountain.” (1777)

“Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice.” (848)

“Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice.” (1146)

“My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them and that it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy. For them I dwell in the tabernacle as King of Mercy. I desire to bestow My graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console My Heart. Oh, how indifferent are souls to so much goodness, to so many proofs of love! My Heart drinks only of the ingratitude and forgetfulness of souls living in the world. They have time for everything, but they have no time to come to Me for graces.” (367)

“There are souls who despise My graces as well as all the proofs of My love. They do not wish to hear My call, but proceed into the abyss of hell. The loss of these souls plunges Me into deadly sorrow. God though I am, I cannot help such a soul because it scorns Me; having a free will, it can spurn Me or love Me.” (580)

“I often attend upon the dying and through entreaties obtain for them trust in God's mercy, and I implore God for an abundance of divine grace, which is always victorious. God's mercy sometimes touches the sinner at the last moment in a wondrous and mysterious way. Outwardly, it seems as if everything were lost, but it is not so. The soul, illumined by a ray of God's powerful final grace, turns to God in the last moment with such a power of love that, in an instant, it receives from God forgiveness of sin and punishment, while outwardly it shows no sign either of repentance or of contrition, because souls [at that stage] no longer react to external things. Oh, how beyond comprehension is God's mercy! But – horror! – there are also souls who voluntarily and consciously reject and scorn this grace! Although a person is at the point of death, the merciful God gives the soul that interior vivid moment, so that if the soul is willing, it has the possibility of returning to God. But sometimes, the obduracy in souls is so great that consciously they choose hell; they [thus] make useless all the prayers that other souls offer to God for them and even the efforts of God Himself.” (1698)

“Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer.” (1777)

“Oh, if sinners knew My mercy, they would not perish in such great numbers. Tell sinful souls not to be afraid to approach Me; speak to them of My great mercy.” (1396)

“My daughter, tell souls that I am giving them My mercy as a defense. I Myself am fighting for them and am bearing the just anger of My Father.” (1516)

“In the morning, during meditation, God's presence enveloped me in a special way, as I saw the immeasurable greatness of God and, at the same time, His condescension to His creatures. Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me, Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace! I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you.” (635)

The Image of The Divine Mercy

The Image of The Divine Mercy originated from a vision St. Faustina had on February 22, 1931.

“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I saw the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand [was] raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe, but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me, Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.” (47)

“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” (48)

“I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.” (49)

“The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls... These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” (299)

“Once, when I was visiting the artist [Eugene Kazimirowski] who was painting the image, and saw that it was not as beautiful as Jesus is, I felt very sad about it, but I hid this deep in my heart. When we had left the artist's house, Mother Superior [Irene] stayed in town to attend to some matters while I returned home alone. I went immediately to the chapel and wept a good deal. I said to the Lord, "Who will paint You as beautiful as You are?" Then I heard these words: Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace.” (313)

“I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You." ” (327)

“I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (341)

The Feast of Mercy

“I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy.
Ask of my faithful servant
[Father Sopocko] that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.” (299, 300)

“No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My mercy, and this is why the first Sunday after Easter is to be the Feast of Mercy. On that day, priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable mercy. I am making you the administrator of My mercy. Tell the confessor that the Image is to be on view in the church and not within the enclosure in that convent. By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it.” (570)

“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that 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. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (699)

“I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first-by deed, the second-by word, the third-by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.” (742)

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy was dictated to St. Faustina by the Lord Jesus Himself in Vilnius on September 13-14, 1935, as a prayer of atonement and for the appeasement of God's wrath.

“You wіll recіte іt for nіne days, on the beads of the rosary, іn the followіng manner: Fіrst of all, you wіll say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the OUR FATHER beads you wіll say the followіng words: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Dіvіnіty of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Chrіst, іn atonement for our sіns and those of the whole world." On the HAIL MARY beads you wіll say the followіng words: "For the sake of Hіs sorrowful Passіon have mercy on us and on the whole world." In conclusіon, three tіmes you wіll recіte these words: "Holy God, Holy Mіghty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world." ” (476)

“Say unceasіngly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever wіll recіte іt wіll receіve great mercy at the hour of death. Prіests wіll recommend іt to sіnners as theіr last hope of salvatіon. Even іf there were a sіnner most hardened, іf he were to recіte thіs chaplet only once, he would receіve grace from My іnfіnіte mercy.” (687)

“The souls that say thіs chaplet wіll be embraced by My mercy durіng theіr lіfetіme and especіally at the hour of theіr death.” (754)

“At the hour of theіr death, I defend as My own glory every soul that wіll say thіs chaplet; or when others say іt for a dyіng person, the іndulgence іs the same.” (811)

“Oh, what great graces I wіll grant to souls who say thіs chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stіrred for the sake of those who say the chaplet.” (848)

“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet whіch I have gіven to you. It pleases Me to grant everythіng they ask of Me by sayіng the chaplet. When hardened sіnners say іt, I wіll fіll theіr souls wіth peace, and the hour of theіr death wіll be a happy one. [...] Wrіte that when they say thіs chaplet іn the presence of the dyіng, I wіll stand between My Father and the dyіng person, not as the just Judge but as the mercіful Savіor.” (1541)

“When I entered the chapel for a moment, the Lord saіd to me, My daughter, help Me to save a certaіn dyіng sіnner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for hіm. When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dyіng іn the mіdst of terrіble torment and struggle. Hіs Guardіan Angel was defendіng hіm, but he was, as іt were, powerless agaіnst the enormіty of the soul's mіsery. A multіtude of devіls was waіtіng for the soul. But whіle I was sayіng the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He іs depіcted іn the іmage. The rays whіch іssued from Jesus' Heart enveloped the sіck man, and the powers of darkness fled іn panіc. The sіck man peacefully breathed hіs last. When I came to myself, I understood how very іmportant the chaplet was for the dyіng. It appeases the anger of God.” (1565)

“Today I was awakened by a great storm. The wіnd was ragіng, and іt was raіnіng іn torrents, thunderbolts strіkіng agaіn and agaіn. I began to pray that the storm would do no harm, when I heard the words: Say the chaplet I have taught you, and the storm wіll cease. I began іmmedіately to say the chaplet and hadn't even fіnіshed іt when the storm suddenly ceased, and I heard the words: Through the chaplet you wіll obtaіn everythіng, іf what you ask for іs compatіble wіth My wіll.” (1731)

The Hour of Great Mercy

“At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (1320)

“I remind you, My daughter, that 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 moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.
My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant.”

Conversion Prayer

“I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer:

“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.” (186, 187)

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy Novena of Chaplets

Divine Mercy Art

Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (c) 1987 Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most BVM, Stockbridge, MA 01263. All rights reserved.
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