December 12, 2007 - Preparing for the Second Coming Through, Prayer, Mercy and the Blessed Sacrament
Our Lord makes it very clear to Saint Faustina that this need to proclaim His message of mercy is urgent, because the world needs it as a preparation for His coming again.
Our Lord Speaks:
“Speak to the world about my mercy... it is a sign for the end times. After it will come the day of justice (848)... You will prepare the world for my final coming (429)... Tell souls about this great mercy of mine, because the awful day, the day of my justice, is near (965).”
Repeatedly the Lord tells Saint Faustina that He is offering sinners the “last hope of salvation.” No matter how great our sins, He wants us to come back to Him, but we must respond now, while it is still time of mercy.
Our Lord Speaks:
“Before the day of justice, I am sending the day of mercy (1588)... I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of my visitation” (1160)...
“While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of my mercy (848)... He who refuses to pass through the door of my mercy must pass through the door of my justice” (1146).
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
In 1935, Saint Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesusí grace within her. At the same time she found herself pleading with God for mercy with words she heard interiorly.
Our Lord Speaks:
“Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world” (476).
As she continued saying this inspired prayer, the angel became helpless and could not carry out the deserved punishment (See 474, 475).
The next day as she was entering the chapel, she again heard this interior voice instructing her how to recite the prayer that Our Lord later called, “The Chaplet.” From then on, she recited this form of prayer almost constantly, offering it especially for the dying.
In subsequent revelations, the Lord made it clear that the chaplet was not just for her, but for the whole world. He also attached extraordinary promises to its recitation.
Our Lord Speaks:
“Encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given you (1541)... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687)... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just judge but as the merciful Savior (1541)... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My Infinite Mercy (687)... I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in my mercy (687)... Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will” (1731).
Prayed ordinary rosary beads, the chaplet of Divine Mercy is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist, so it is especially appropriate to use it after having received Holy Communion at Holy Mass. It may be said at any time, but our Lord specifically told Saint Faustina to recite it during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy, (the first Sunday after Easter). He then added:
“By this Novena, [of chaplets] I will grant every possible grace to souls” (796).
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
In His great love for us, the Lord Jesus gave us a great miracle of mercy: The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Christís resurrection into glory was not the final reason for the Incarnation, when God became Man. The Incarnation looked forward to Jesus remaining with us to the end of time in the Eucharist. By this greatest miracle of His love, Jesus remains with us under the form of bread and wine, not only for our spiritual nourishment, but to be kept company by us as well. In the Eucharist, Christ is fully present as He is in heaven.
The sacrament of the Eucharist is the key to the devotion of the Divine Mercy. The Eucharist is so central to the life of Sister Faustina that most of the pages of her diary have some reference to it. She regularly experienced visions of the Lord at her daily mass and many times at the time of Holy Communion.
November 19 - After Communion today, Jesus told me how He desires to come to human hearts.
“I desire to unite myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite myself with souls. Know, my daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to me; they leave me to myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat me as a dead object.”
November 19  - During Mass today, I saw the Lord Jesus, who said to me:
“Be at peace, my daughter; I see your efforts, which are very pleasing to me.”
And the Lord disappeared, and it was time for Holy Communion. After I received Holy Communion, I suddenly saw the cenacle and on it Jesus and the Apostles. I saw the institution of the most Blessed Sacrament. Jesus allowed me to penetrate His interior, and I came to know the greatness of His majesty and, at the same time, His great humbling of Himself. The extraordinary light that allowed me to see His majesty revealed to me, at the same time, what was in my own soul.
Once when my confessor [Father Sopocko] was saying Mass, I saw, as usual, the child Jesus on the altar, from the time of offertory. However, a moment before elevation, the priest vanished from my sight, and Jesus alone remained. When the moment of the elevation approached, Jesus took the host and the chalice in His little hands and raised them together, looking up to heaven, and a moment later I again saw the Confessor. I asked the child Jesus where the priest had been during the time I had not seen him. Jesus answered, “In My Heart.” But I could not understand anything more of these words of Jesus.
“The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.”
Pope John Paul, II
There are three main objections usually given when perpetual adoration is proposed.
- People will not respond.
- Priorities will become confused, some will go to the chapel rather than to Mass.
- Too dangerous on the middle of the night.
But none of the above objections are valid.
- People have responded.
- Mass attendance increased noticeably, fallen away Catholics have returned and the number of conversions has increased.
- Perpetual adoration has made my diocese safer from the violence that previously threatened to tear it apart. It is not dangerous to have perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, but rather it is dangerous not to have it because Jesus is the only one who can protect, restore, heal and unite.
Bishop Ruben T. Profugo, D.D.
I Love You
I Adore You
I Apologize For Those Who
Do Not Know You,
Do Not Love You,
Do Not Trust You.
(Say this three times while kneeling before the Tabernacle.)
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