What is Divine Mercy?
St. Faustina, a Polish nun from the early 1900's, who recorded the revelations she received from Jesus about God's Divine Mercy, has made an incredible impact on Christians everywhere. Countless miracles have been recorded from practicing the prayers and devotions to Jesus' Divine Mercy at 3:00 pm, the hour Jesus died. The prayers and messages from St. Faustina are deeply rooted in the Gospel messages of love and forgiveness from all sins at the asking, and striving for complete Trust in Jesus as you live a life of mercy towards others.
God comes to us now, just as He did in biblical times; He continues to give us direction on how to obtain salvation through His Holy Saints. Because of God's great love for us, He has given private revelation to St. Faustina, and many other holy chosen people to help His children back onto the narrow pathway to Heaven.
Jesus Requested Us through the Messages of the Divine Mercy to:
Pray, especially at 3:00 pm, contemplating Christ's Passion (abandonment at His moment of agony and the complete station's of the cross) and even if it is only for a brief moment, implore His Mercy to come upon us to help us obtain true repentance of our sins and the sins of the whole world.
Love, be merciful, as the Bible defines love and forgiveness to everyone.
Trust completely in whatever God wills for us, no matter what happens through out our day, knowing it is all--the good and the bad--allowed by God to draw us closer to Him for our salvation (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:18). so God may pour His graces on us because of our faith and trust in Jesus.
3:00 pm is the Hour of Great Mercy.
The following are some excerpts from St. Faustina's Diary, in which Our Lord spoke to her about His great mercy and our need to pray especially at the hour of His death:
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. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320).
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. (Diary, 1572)
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 Most 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. (Diary, 1572)
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy (a nine minute prayer) which Jesus taught St. Faustina to pray, especially upon entering the chapel, to keep the wrath of God from inflicting punishment upon us very sinful souls.
"I saw this sign of divine wrath which was about to strike the earth, and in particular a certain place, which for good reasons I cannot name, I began to implore the Angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penance. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of the divine anger. Just then I saw the Most Holy Trinity. The greatness of Its majesty pierced me deeply, and I did not dare to repeat my entreaties. I found myself pleading with God for the world with words heard interiorly.
As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helplessness: he could not
carry out the just punishment which was rightly due for sins. Never before had I
prayed with such inner power as I did then. " (Diary, 474)
"The words with which I entreated God are these: Eternal Father, I offer You the
Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved son, Our Lord
Jesus Christ for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His
sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us." (Diary, 475)
"Every time you enter the chapel, immediately recite the prayer which I taught you yesterday. When I had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words: This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the following manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the OUR FATHER beads you will say the following words: “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” On the HAIL MARY beads you will say the following words: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.” In conclusion, three times you will recite these words: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world .” (Diary, 476)