“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and if only for a brief instant, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion..”
In Psalm 144, the Psalmist asks,
“Lord, what is man that You take notice of Him? ..
blessed the people so fortunate,
blessed the people whose God is the Lord”.
And how blessed we, those ‘people of God’, truly are.
The following Psalm reminds us of the goodness of the Lord, Who is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Ps.145).
The words of the Merciful Jesus in the quotation above from the Diary of Saint Faustina, give us a very real and concrete example of the extent of this goodness and compassion of the Lord.
Reminding us of the reality and worth of His Passion and Death upon the Cross, the Lord asks only that we pause and give a moment to think on this, and in doing so, that we ask His mercy, especially for poor sinners. In return, He promises to hear and answer our prayer, made in virtue of His Passion. What a sublime promise! And in His inestimable goodness, He promises this not only once, but every single day – as often as we pause to pray during the Hour of Great Mercy, three o’clock.
While we may initially make this daily prayer at least in part because of the great promise attached to it, as it becomes a part of who and what we are through holy repetition, our reason is likely to change; ultimately, our prayer will be not because of what it can achieve, but purely because the Lord deserves our prayer of adoration and thanksgiving for sacrificing His life for us upon the Cross.
Love is always the greatest rationale for acting.
The Cross is proof of that.