In part one of our series, we discussed Divine Mercy — what it is, how God manifested His Mercy in Scripture and how He continues to underscore the importance of His Mercy in our times. Now, we'll continue with five ways we can promote Mercy in the world, put our trust in Jesus and obtain Divine Mercy through His Holy Mother, Mary.
Five Ways to Promote Mercy: 5 Wounds
As mentioned in part one, Jesus chose the humble nun, Sister (now Saint) Faustina to broadcast His urgent exhortation to all people to avail themselves of His Divine Mercy and call it down on other poor souls. He had many things to say to His servant, many instructions on how to approach Him for Mercy. One method is to appeal to His five wounds in the following ways.
1. The Image of the Merciful Jesus
Our Lord asked St. Faustina to commission a painting of Himself showing two rays, one red and the other white, shining forth from His Heart. The white ray stands for the water which "makes souls righteous," as He told the Saint. The red stands for His Blood which "is the life of souls." Veneration of His image, Jesus promised, would cause Him to pour out great graces and protection from the trusting soul's enemies. None who heed His invitation would lose their soul.
2. The Feast of Divine Mercy
Jesus also called for a feast day honoring His Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul II, at the canonization Mass for St. Faustina, proclaimed that the second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be the Feast of Divine Mercy.
3. The Chaplet and Novena
Further, Jesus dictated the prayers of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and attached many spiritual gifts to the faithful who pray a novena of the chaplet.
4. The Great Hour of Mercy
Speaking of the three o'clock hour, the hour of His death, upon deeply contemplating His passion, He relayed, "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” (Diary, 1320).
5. To Give the Mercy We Have Received
Finally, Jesus reminds us that in receiving His Mercy, we must also give true compassion and Mercy to others. True compassion, as defined by St. Thomas Aquinas, is to help people recover from their actions, through God's Mercy and Love, rather than fake compassion, where people are told their actions are okay - "Just Life."
Jesus, I Trust in You
Those who love the Lord know to trust Him, but sometimes it is difficult. Thus, He assured St. Faustina: “The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of my graces into them. I rejoice when they ask me for much, because it is my desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow hearts" (Diary, 1578).
Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy
As always, Jesus pours out His Mercy on the world through His Holy Mother, just as His Blood flowed through her hands at the foot of the cross. At the same time that Jesus came to Sister Faustina in Poland, Sister Lucia, one of the three to whom Our Lady had appeared at Fatima, Portugal, received a vision of the Holy Trinity. The words "Grace and Mercy" flowed from the wounds of the Son, thus establishing the correlation between His Mercy and His mother in our time.
For those who are suffering the wounds of abortion, never think that you are beyond God's unfathomable and unchanging Mercy and Love. It is precisely for you that Jesus visited Sister Faustina with the crucial message of His rock solid and unchangeable Mercy and Love for you. Please contact us at Bethesda Healing Ministry to learn more about His Mercy and Love that heals and makes you whole again.