St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Devotion to the Divine Mercy

Jesus chose a Polish nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) to be his Apostle and Secretary of his Divine Mercy.  Jesus revealed to Sister Faustina (through a number of visions) his desire to pour out his infinite mercy upon human souls, especially the greatest sinners.  Jesus asks that we respond to his mercy by trusting in him and by being merciful to others. The devotion to the Divine Mercy flows from the life and spiritual writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska. Through St. Faustina, Jesus provided new channels for the outpouring of his grace.

1.   An Image of the Divine Mercy

Jesus asked that a picture of him as Merciful Savoir with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” to be painted.  Two rays, one red (blood) and one blue (water), flow from his pierced heart. Jesus says: “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.”   



2.   A Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Jesus taught St. Faustina a special prayer of mercy and told her to share it with others. Jesus says: “The souls that will say the chaplet will be embraced by my mercy during lifetime and especially at the hour of their death. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy.” How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3.  The Feast of Divine Mercy

Jesus requested that the Sunday after Easter be established as the Feast of Mercy. Jesus says:  “On that day the very deaths of my tender mercy are open.  I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” 

4.  A novena before the Feast

Jesus asked St. Faustina to make this novena beginning on Good Friday and ending on the following Saturday.  Jesus says: “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of my mercy. By this Novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.”