“My daughter, encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the Chaplet.”
(Diary of Saint Faustina, para.1541)
We often tend to associate the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with beseeching mercy for sinners and – especially – for the dying. But the power of the Chaplet extends far beyond these two particular intentions.
In the Diary of Saint Faustina, there are various occasions where she prays the Chaplet for different intentions – sometimes spontaneously and other times, at the specific direction of the Merciful Jesus. In one part of the Diary, she writes this –
“The heat is so intense today that it is difficult to bear. We are all thirsting for rain, and still it does not come. For several days, the sky has been overcast but there is no rain. When I looked at the plants thirsting for the rain, I was moved with pity, and I decided to say the Chaplet until the Lord would send us rain. Before supper, the sky covered over with clouds, and a heavy rain fell upon the earth. I had been saying this prayer without interruption for three hours. And the Lord let me know that everything can be obtained by means of this prayer.” (Diary, para.1128)
This was not the only occasion on which our Saint prayed to change the weather. Towards the end of the Diary, she recounts this episode –
“Today I was awakened by a great storm. The wind was raging, and it was raining in torrents, thunderbolts striking again and again. I began to pray that the storm would do no harm, when I heard the words – ‘Say the Chaplet I have taught you, and the storm will cease’. I began immediately to say the Chaplet and hadn’t even finished it when the storm suddenly ceased, and I heard the words – ‘Through the Chaplet, you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will’.” (Diary, para.1731)
This promise was not for Faustina alone, for elsewhere in the Diary, the Lord told her –
“My daughter, encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the Chaplet.” (Diary, para.1541)
What is clear from these entries – and other, similar ones – in the Diary is that the power of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is for every need, even the mundane, if only we will make use of it with confidence and with perseverance, following the example of Saint Faustina.
The Chaplet was given to us by the Lord that we might make use of it constantly; in this way, it becomes a constant reminder of His infinite love for us in all our needs, and it becomes a constant reminder of our need for His mercy and of our trust in that mercy.