God longs to inundate the entire world with His infinite mercy; it is like a burning fire consuming Him that He desires so ardently to bestow on all, but all too few know of His mercy and even less want to receive this free gift.
May we be among those who understand God’s infinite mercy, receive it and also try to promote it. May we be living Apostles of God’s great mercy. God rejoices in those who trust in His mercy and those who promote it to the entire world!
God chose Saint Faustina Kowalska to be His Secretary of Divine Mercy and ardent promotor of this most sublime of God’s virtues, in the most widely diffused manner through the classic: “The Diary of mercy in my soul.”
How then can we understand, embrace, live and promote God’s infinite mercy in our own lives and in the concrete circumstances in which we are living right now? We will offer fifteen ways to fall in love with divine mercy so that we can be heralds and apostles of divine mercy so that one day in heaven we will be praising God’s mercy for all eternity.
3. CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY. Get into the habit of praying the Chaplet of Divine mercy as often as possible; it only takes about five minutes. It can be prayed in church, at home, in the car, on the supermarket line, at any time and in any place. Jesus exhorted Saint Faustina to pray it often. This prayer appeases the anger of God and has the power to convert the hardest of sinners. “Through the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
5. NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY. Very pleasing to God is to do the novena of divine mercy. This novena starts on Good Friday and lasts for nine days up until the Solemnity of Divine Mercy, which is the Sunday after Easter Sunday. Each day there is a special prayer intention to be prayed that God inspired Saint Faustina to write in the Diary. The intentions are very inspiring and a model for prayer of petition! This novena can also be prayed any time during the course of the year, but most especially from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday.
6. MERCY SUNDAY. Live out to the fullest extent possible Divine Mercy Sunday. As said above this Sunday follows Easter Sunday and it was instituted as a formal Liturgical Feast in the year 2000 (April 30), on the Sunday after Easter by Saint Pope John Paul II. On that same day, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Faustina Kowlaska; she was the first saint to be canonized in the new millennium. The great Pope of divine mercy, Pope John Paul II declared with heartfelt emotion that this was the happiest day in his life. He felt himself to be a true apostle of divine mercy and to start off the new millennium instituting this Solemnity and canonizing the saint that God used as a key instrument of bringing to the world this extraordinary grace!
9. BE MERCIFUL AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS MERCIFUL! Mercy indeed is a two-way street, not a one way! If we want to receive God’s mercy in our lives then we must be constantly ready and willing to be merciful to those who have wounded and offended us. The most famous prayer in the world is the OUR FATHER, in which we pray: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…” These words of Our Lord are unambiguously clear: if we want God to forgive us then we must necessarily be willing to forgive others, always, and at all times! Remember the words of command from the Heart of Jesus: “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.” Let us take these words seriously to heart
12.DISTRIBUTE DIVINE MERCY CARDS. Another simple but very pleasing practice in the eyes of God is to purchase a packet of 1000 divine mercy cards and simply to distribute them freely. Prayer meetings, funerals, weddings, first Communion Masses, in the park and even in the grocery store—give them out freely and abundantly. God will reward you abundantly!
14.HOLY COMMUNION AND MERCY. Still greater is that of assisting at the Holy sacrifice of the Mass and receiving Holy Communion. The truth is that every Holy Communion contains the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. That means we actually receive His most Sacred Heart; in a real sense we have a spiritual HEART-TRANSPLANT every time we receive Holy Communion with faith, devotion and love.
CONCLUSION: May the prayer of the Psalmist be the prayer that overflows in our hearts and lives now and forever: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” Let us praise God’s mercy in time so that in heaven we will praise His mercy forever and ever.
Father Ed Broom, OMV, is Associate Pastor of St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, California. He is a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and was ordained by Saint John Paul II on May 25, 1986. Fr. Ed teaches Catholic Ignatian Marian Spirituality through articles, podcasts, a radio show, retreats and spiritual direction.