From the diary
of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading
throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing
new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught
through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and
forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness.
But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful
new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s
love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially
the greatest sinners.
The message and devotion to
Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint
Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience
to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages
recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy.
Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine
Mercy had begun to spread.
The message of mercy is that
God loves us — all of us — no matter how great
sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than
our sins, so that we
will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let
it flow through us to
others. Thus, all will come to hare His joy. It is a message
we can call to mind
simply by remembering ABC.
A — Ask for His Mercy.
God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly,
repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out
upon us and upon
the whole world.
B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and
let it flow through us to
others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others
just as He does to us.
C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know
that the graces of His mercy
are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus,
the more we will receive.
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