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)
As Catholics, one of the greatest joys we have is the ability to have our sins forgiven in Confession, where the Merciful Lord awaits us. How beautiful and wondrous a sacrament!
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, recently called for all of us to make a point of praying for the Church; all of us are aware that the Church is presently in need of renewal and conversion.
At first glance, the story may seem simple and straight-forward. But there is something deeper going on here. This request made by the Mother and answered by the Son cost Her dearly.
The fifth National Divine Mercy Conference takes place today in Saint Augustine’s Church, Coatbridge, in the Diocese of Motherwell, hosted by the Friends Of Divine Mercy Scotland.
The greatest joy about being Catholic is in knowing Christ, and so having a real, living and personal relationship with Him. The danger is that we know ‘about’ Christ, but without actually knowing Him at all.
One of the great pitfalls of the spiritual life is the temptation to look upon other with a judgemental glance, usually perceiving ourselves to be greater than them and them to be lesser than us.
I thank the Merciful Lord for this beautiful Church of Saint Bridget, for the Priests and the people who make it what it is, and for the graces the Lord bestows so kindly through it.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Abyss of Mercy and Source of every grace and blessing, I consecrate and unite myself to You without exception or reserve through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“Today the Church invites us to contemplate the Cross of Our Lord. Contemplating the Cross for us Christians means contemplating both a sign of defeat and a sign of victory” – Pope Francis
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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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