|Introduction to Divine Mercy Devotion|
What is this Divine Mercy Devotion? by Val Conlon
This is my understanding of why God gave us this message for our times
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way”.(Isaiah 53:6)
Many people today have said to me they are not religious anymore in as much as they are not attached to any religious sect, but they are still spiritual.
What does this mean?
This to me means they like sheep have gone astray, and each of them has turned to his own way. Jesus said: “Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation…. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My mercy, write, tell all souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near”.(Diary 965)
In the days of the Crusades, when philosophers were preaching a belief in the material world only, a man called Dominic started promoting the Blessed Virgin Mary through a prayer called, The Holy Rosary of Our Lady. In the next few years this special prayer spread all over the world and brought many people back from materialism to belief in Jesus Christ. The Church finally instituted the feast of “Our Lady of the Rosary”.
Again, in the 13th Century, when people began falling away from their faith in large numbers, a new devotion emerged from revelations to Juliana of Liege called “Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament”, and a new feast day was introduced by the Church called “The Feast of Corpus Christi”.
Then, when Jansenism began to take hold in the world and change the relationship developed by the Church between God and man, a new devotion began from revelations to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque called “Devotion to the Sacred Heart” and the Church declared a special feast day called ‘The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”.
Again, when evil began to emerge on a large scale in the time of Pius XI, he himself instituted the “The Feast of Christ the King”.
And today again in our time, “Many like sheep, have gone astray, and many have turned to their own way".
Yes today, in our time the very foundation, the Rock itself, is shaking from the onslaught of betrayal by many Catholics. This has even happened with some of the consecrated and protectors of all we hold dear. And because of this like in Isaiah’s time, people are turning away from the true faith to their own spirituality. This I am told means they talk to God directly and don’t need anyone in between.
So what is God’s answer in our time? Well this is what the message of Divine Mercy is, Christ’s help to overcome todays evil. As He has done down through the ages through different messengers, He has once again shown us the way through new messengers Saint Faustina and Blessed Sopocko, how to bring people back in ‘Devotion to His Divine Mercy’.
This devotion is a way for His faithful followers as intercessors to help bring souls back to the faith.
This is evident with the prayers He has given us, the very powerful prayer given to Saint Faustina in Vilnius, “ The Chaplet of Divine Mercy” is firstly to atone for those who have strayed in our own family, when you say “ in atonement for OUR sins” and then you pray for everyone else who has strayed, when you say “ and those of the whole world”.
Then you have the prayer He gave us for conversion of sinners, this unfortunately has been called the 3.o.c prayer when it would have been better to call it the title Jesus gave it “The Conversion Prayer” it is given to us to help convert sinners and bring them back to the faith.
Jesus said: “The prayer most pleasing to me is the prayer for conversion. This prayer is always heard and answered”. “This is the prayer” “O blood and water that gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You” (Diary 186-1397)
“The Feast of Mercy” again has one purpose, it is a special day like an amnesty for even the most vile sinners, to wipe the slate clean like a second Baptism, come back to the faith and start all over again.
“The Novena” he gave us shows the kind of sinners He wants us to give special attention to. ‘Those who have separated from the Church’ ‘The souls of Priests and Religious’ ‘the souls of little children’ ‘those who do not yet know him’ ‘those who do not believe in God’ ‘Those who have become luke warm’ .
We must now make the ultimate effort to get peoples attention, and make them aware of this message from God. We can with the message of Divine Mercy expose God to the world through His greatest attributes...
His infinite Forgiveness, His infinite Love, His infinite Mercy. Devotion to the Sacred Heart was the Flower. Devotion to Divine Mercy is the Fruit.
Mercy is the flower of love. God is love. Mercy is His deed.
In love it is conceived, in mercy it is revealed.
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