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Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in the village of Glogowiec west of Lodz, Poland, on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women.

The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added “of the Most Blessed Sacrament,” as was permitted by her Congregation’s custom.

In the 1930s, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God’s mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world.

The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; she has been recognized by the Church as a “Saint”; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy. She would not have been surprised, for she had been told that the message of God’s mercy would spread through her writings for the great benefit of souls.

Through Saint Faustina, Jesus also revealed special ways to live out the response to His mercy–one of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as both a novena and a prayer for the three o’clock hour–the hour of His death.

How to Recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts the Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

Optional Opening Prayers
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

Begin with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed:

Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Then, on the large bead before each decade:
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 ten small beads of each decade, say:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Conclude with (Say 3 Times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Optional Closing Prayer
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:
Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you … Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death … 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 … Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy … Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.

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Novenas for Life

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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Saint Jude Novena

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I have said the Saint Jude Novena many times and something always happens when I do. Somehow Saint Jude has a special power when things get tough. Jesus said “ask and you shall receive” and  so faith helps to make this work even, when things appear hopeless.

Below is a short novena to Saint Jude:

Continued March 8, 2010:

Many years back when I was looking for an apartment in Vermont and all semed lost, I stumbled accros a Saint Jude’s Prayer in the paper. It felt like it was directly responsible for finding a spot in a place that was overbooked and that was just right.

Today I ended a 9 day short prayer Novena to Saint Jude for physical healing. I had been sick for 3 months and feel the best I have in a long time for these last 9 days. A new herbal medication came the day the Novena started and tonight on the last day I have a healing session booked that I had been trying to book for a while.

I went to mass yesterday (Monday am) and was reminded so strongly of the healing that comes from mass. Somehow your life energy has a chance to realign without the stresses outside of church. I always say I should go to mass more during the week and that was one more reminder of how it helps.  I prayed in front of the Statue of Saint Jude and feel that somehow such places and objects can make you feel closer to God. I can only imagine if all the world was open to this energy and put statues and cool reminders of God all over the place. Would it be tacky and too much? Are these people all crazy and kitschy? Is times square more or less powerful?

Somerville Madonnas

Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

I was having a health issue that had been bothering me for weeks. The day I ended a nine day novena to Our Lady of Lourdes I went to a Chinese Healer for Tui Na Message. This on the same day as the end of the novena almost completely cured my problem. I once visited Lourdes. While in the Rosary Processions at night, someone said, do you smell that? I clearly smelled Roses and it was a cold fall night when they were definitely not in bloom and were no where in sight. Someone explained that it is a sign of Mary.

ETWN Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

Mary Undoer of Knots

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

This prayer works! I said it for the typical 9 days but am thinking I will say it more. I was going through a number of relationship and health issues which were helped significantly during the Novena. At the end of the Novena a nice, surprise news story came out about my business. While not all the answers I received were the ones I wanted, I received answers just the same and many knots were untied. I am thankful to feel the power of grace.

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John McDougall