The message and devotion to  
                         Jesus as The Divine Mercy is
                         based on the writings of Saint
                         Faustina Kowalska, an
                         uneducated Polish nun who's
                         obedience to her spiritual
director at the
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady
of Mercy wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the
revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before
her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had
begun to spread.

The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us —
no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize
thatHis mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call
uponHim with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow
through us toothers. Thus, all will come to share His joy

In 1933, God gave Sister Faustina striking vision of His
Mercy,

Sister tells us:
"I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it.
Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross
and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had
to look through Our Lord's wounds and I understood that God
blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus."


Of another vision on Sept. 13, 1935, she writes:
"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath...about to strike
the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words
which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the
Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just
punishment...."


The following day an inner voice taught her to say this
prayer on ordinary rosary beads:
"First say one 'Our Father', 'Hail Mary', and 'I believe".

Then on the large beads 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 smaller beads you are to say the following words:
'For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on
the whole world.'


In conclusion you are to say these words three times:
'Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy
on us and on the whole world'.


Jesus said later to Sister Faustina:
"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone
who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests
will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most
hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive
grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know
My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those
who trust in My Mercy...."

"....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I
will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the
just judge but as the Merciful Savior".
Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (c) 1987 Congregation of
Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263. All rights reserved. Used
with permission
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