The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday.
The Novena forms an integral part of the celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy, and it concludes the day before the Feast, in preparation for the Feast itself, as requested specifically by the Lord to Saint Faustina.
There are supplementary prayers given in the Diary for each of those nine days, each one being offered for a particular group of souls. Although these prayers were given specifically to Saint Faustina for her own use, they are recorded in detail in the Diary and so it has become common practice for souls praying the Novena to use these prayers duting the nine days.
‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’
extracts from the Diary of Saint Faustina
“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 and on the whole world. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
(Diary, entry no.476)
A resource list of Catholic Churches and Parishes in Scotland which will be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday – please contact me if you know of any other similar parishes.
“I absolve you”. These are surely amongst the most beautiful words we can hear as Catholics. They echo the words of the Lord as He walked the earth and recounted in the Gospel – “Your sins are forgiven”.
Blessed Bartolo Longo – once a satanic priest, before returning to the Church and spreading devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary, not least of all in the Luminous Mysteries.
As Christians, we are called to be light in the midst of the darkness. Saint John reminds us that – “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it”.
May the Lord grant each of us grace to make this Lent a holy and fruitful season; may He inspire us to pray and to do good works, giving of ourselves and of our talents, according to His divine will.
Pope Francis says we must not be blind to the action of Satan behind the crisis affecting the Church. If he is right, how should we respond? Here are some simple suggestions.
Revealing His Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary in 1673, the Lord complained that He was forgotten by so many; today, things might not be so very different to then.
Our Shepherd, our Holy Father, has asked that we pray to the Holy Spirit, and to the Blessed Virgin, She who is the Mother of the Church. As Catholics, let us respond generously to his call.
In His great providence, the Lord gives us exactly what we need, at precisely the time we need it most. The devotion to Jesus as Divine Mercy is the perfect example of this truth.
Let us thank the Lord for commissioning His servant, St Faustina, to have this Image painted, and for the endeavours of His servant, Blessed Father Sopocko, who arranged the painting.
To be saintly, our love must be truly heroic – it is this which leads to true sanctity. We must try to achieve this, and be certain that we have loved as much as we are capable of loving.
We have a necessarily limited vision – sometimes, seeing no more than what is directly in front of us, and then only when it is very well lit. The Lord takes a broader view of things.
Joy and suffering are not mutually exclusive. The secret is to give our sufferings meaning. If you don’t believe this, then you need only look upon a Crucifix.
Let us look into our hearts and ask if our relationship with the Lord is one of fear or one of love, and ask Him to grant us His grace in finding the proper balance between the two.
We should not fail to remember our families in our daily prayers, asking God’s blessing and grace upon them if they are still in this world, or His mercy for them if they have already died.
F e a t u r e d C o n t e n t
Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints, this section of the site will enkindle your devotion to the Mother of God. Learn something of why so many of the Saints and Popes were deeply devoted to the Queen of Heaven, our Model in the faith.
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“Mary is so closely united to Jesus because she received from Him the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of faith, nourished by Her experience as a mother and by Her close relationship with Her Son.” – Pope Francis
“By means of this Image,
I shall be granting many graces to souls;
so, let every soul have access to it.”
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