Monday, January 19, 2009

Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy message has the power to take over a person's life. What effect can the message have on the way a person lives? The following list is a start.

You know you're a Divine Mercy apostle if:

1. You estimate distances in terms of Divine Mercy Chaplets ("Such-and-such a place is about two chaplets away ...").

2. You take a slightly longer way to drive home so that you can complete the chaplet you are reciting.

3. At Sunday Mass you mix up parts of the Apostles' Creed with the Nicene Creed.

4. You arrive slightly late for your 3 p.m. appointments because you pray the chaplet during the "Hour of Great Mercy".

5. When you hear that someone is dying, or has died, you immediately recite the conversion prayer that Jesus gave to St. Faustina: "O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You" (Diary, 187).

6. When you see a crucifix you also see the blood and water gushing forth from the Heart of Jesus.

7. You call St. Faustina "my Faustina," as Pope John Paul II did.

8. You carry Divine Mercy brochures and prayercards in your car/handbag just in case you meet someone who may need one.

9. You don't mind waiting anymore because you can use the time to pray the conversion prayer for those around you.

10. You have read St. Faustina's Diary so many times that you need to keep a tally on the inside cover.

11. When you pray the Rosary, you say the Apostles' Creed after the first Hail Mary.

12. You have the image of The Divine Mercy in various places around your home.

13. You hand out cards so other parishioners can commence the Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday.

14. You have highlighted or underlined your favorite parts of St. Faustina's Diary.

15. You have memorized a favorite prayer from the Diary.

16. On your travel wish-list is a pilgrimage to the Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Poland.

17. You have tremendous trust in Jesus.

18. You don't mind not being able to sleep at night, because it gives you time to pray the chaplet.

19. You keep Rosary beads under your pillow.

20. You are learning more and more about how important the Passion of our Lord is to our salvation.

21. When you go to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, you take the Diary.

22. You pray the chaplet when you wake up in the morning, just in case you forget to pray it at 3 o'clock.

(By Annonymous)

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