Write that 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, 1541
What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
Jesus’ mercy is infinite. It’s always available to us, and He’s just waiting to give it to us. Unfortunately, we don’t always ask for it and we don’t always trust in it. Because He yearns to share His Divine Mercy with us, Jesus offers us a beautiful way to obtain it, and that’s through a devotion to the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
We know about the Divine Mercy Chaplet because of a Polish nun named St. Faustina. Jesus appeared to St. Faustina several times and revealed the Divine Mercy chaplet to her. Through a series of miracles, Jesus showed her the saving power that comes from praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy. By praying it devoutly, St. Faustina helped countless souls get to Heaven. Following her spiritual director’s advice, St. Faustina wrote down her visions of Jesus, and we can read about them today in Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet’s Power
Aside from the Mass and the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is the most powerful prayer we have. In praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, we offer the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, which unites our intentions to the sacrifice of the Mass. In other words, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is like an act of Spiritual Communion. Through this chaplet, we obtain forgiveness and intercede for the salvation of souls. Jesus grants plentiful graces to those who pray the chaplet, and it appeases the wrath of God. When someone prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet for a dying person, especially a dying sinner, that person’s soul will find peace, and their hour of death will be a happy one. Jesus promises that, “No soul that has called upon my mercy has been disappointed or brought to shame.”
(Check out a great blog post about Divine Mercy by Isabella from Bearing Good Fruit!)
Divine Mercy reminds us that it’s never too late to return to the Lord with open arms. When circumstances seem hopeless for a soul, praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet can make an eternity of difference. Especially at the time of death, praying this chaplet for someone will envelop their soul in the blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ side. The wrath of God will subside and His mercy will shine on that soul.
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An Eternal Difference
I learned at SLS 20 that our actions can have eternal consequences. I’ll always remember learning that our own choices, whether big or small, could mean Heaven or Hell for a soul. Understanding the promises and the power of the Divine Mercy Chaplet inspires me to pray it for the conversion of the world. We might not witness the difference that it makes for our family, friends, enemies, and strangers in this life, but when we go to Heaven, we’ll know in an instant who got there because of our intercession. Knowing these truths, I urge you to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with expectant faith, trusting that waves of mercy will engulf the world for the salvation of souls.
Jesus yearns to grant us His mercy. Will you ask for it on a soul’s behalf?
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