Divine Mercy Message-Devotion
What is the Divine Mercy Message?
The Divine Mercy Message is to Trust in God's unconditional Love and Mercy and practice merciful love to our neighbour in deed, word and prayer.
In her diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul, St Faustina wrote "...there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray - that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict.' (Diary 1158)
She also wrote, 'Only that soul who wants it will be damned, for God condemns no one.' (Diary 1452)
The following Gospel verses provide insight into God's Divine Mercy, albeit a Mystery:
Other passages in the Old Testament depicting God's infinite mercy include:
Jesus shared His desires and promises which are all outlined in St Faustina's diary.
What is the Divine Mercy Devotion?
The Divine Mercy devotion is a devotion of Trust, teaching us to appeal to God's Mercy and count on it. It is a special offering we make of ourselves in response to Our Lord's Divine Love.
God's great commandment, 'Love your neighbour as yourself' is reinforced in the devotion, which teaches us to love our enemies or those who have hurt us. Likewise, Saint John Paul II continues to teach us to "forgive at the time you are hurting" in his Encyclical Letter, Dives In Misericordia.
This shows the relationship between the concept of Love and the concept of Mercy, revealing the true meaning of selfless Love manifested as Mercy. In the Diary, St Faustina writes: 'The Love of God is the flower - Mercy the fruit.' (Diary 948)
As Jesus told St Faustina...
"Tell the world about My Mercy and My Love...The flames of mercy are burning in me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them...Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My Heart, and I will fill it with Peace."
He continued, "Tell (all people) ...that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls." (Diary 1074)
The Heart of The Divine Mercy devotion is...
Absolute Trust in God's Mercy together with Deeds of Mercy
Through Jesus' guidance, St Faustina was able to endure her trials and sufferings, being a victim of such 'assasinations' as well as a painful illness.
O, if only people read the Diary, relationships would remain intact and the road to sainthood would be tangible. No matter how many times we fall, we should always get up and try again - holding on to Jesus' hands at all times.
Do get hold of St Faustina's diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul, and learn from her experiences which can definitely be applied to our secular lives and worldly ways. Having received her formation from Jesus, Himself, wouldn't it be wonderful to duplicate this in our life!