Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Divine Mercy, Jesus I Trust in You

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic devotion based on the visions of Polish nun/saint, Sister Faustina Kowalska, known as the "Apostle of Mercy", 1905-1938.
According to Sister Faustina's visions, written in her diary, the chaplet's prayers for mercy are threefold: to obtain mercy, to trust in Christ's mercy, and to show mercy to others.
Sister Faustina's vision:
Jesus Christ promised that all who recite this chaplet at the hour of death or in the presence of the dying will receive great mercy. It consists of a series of prayers said with the aid of rosary beads. The chaplet may be said without beads, typically by counting prayers on the fingertips.
Jesus said, ".... When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior".
Sister Faustina recounts in her diary that, in her vision, she saw an angel sent to a city to destroy it. Sister Faustina began to pray for God's mercy on the city and felt the strong presence of the Trinity. After she prayed the internally-instructed prayers, the angel was powerless to harm the city. In subsequent revelations, Sister Faustina learned that the prayers she spoke were to be taught to all the people of the world.
Jesus also promised that anything can be obtained with this prayer if it is compatible with His will. It is prayed daily at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA.

To Roman Catholic tradition, the chaplet may be prayed at any time, but most effective on Divine Mercy Sunday and Fridays at 3:00 PM. In 2000, Pope John Paul II ordained the Sunday after Easter Divine Mercy Sunday, where Roman Catholics remember the institution of the Sacrament of Penance.

The hour Jesus died by crucifixion, 3:00 PM (15:00), is called the Hour of Mercy. In novena, the chaplet is usually said each of the nine days from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday.

The chaplet is associated with a Polish image painted by Adolf Hyla. Hyla painted to the visions Sister Faustina. In the image, Jesus stands with a hand outstretched in blessing. The other hand clutches the side wounded by the spear, from which proceed beams of falling light. The words “Jesus I Trust in You” usually accompany the image (“Jezu Ufam Tobie” in Polish).



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