Divine Mercy

28 Apr 2019

An excellent spiritual activity for today is praying the powerful Divine Mercy Chaplet.

In today’s feature, Australia’s MGL Sisters teach us to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy through reflection and song in this beautiful podcast!

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a popular devotion based on the visions of Jesus by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska. In 1935, St Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus’ grace within her.

At the same time she found herself pleading with God for mercy with words she heard interiorly:

“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; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us.” (Diary, 475)

As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (see 474). The next day, as she was entering the chapel, she again heard this interior voice, instructing her how to recite the prayer that our Lord later called “the Chaplet.” This time, after “have mercy on us” were added the words “and on the whole world” (476). From then on, she recited this form of prayer almost constantly, offering it especially for the dying. 

In subsequent revelations, the Lord made it clear that the Chaplet was not just for her, but for the whole world. He also attached extraordinary promises to its recitation. 

Pray the Divine Mercy prayer at 3pm

After you’ve prayed through the Divine Mercy Chaplet, reflect upon which areas or relationships in your life you need to practice more mercy.