St. Faustina Diary
This note brings me to see more deeply the importance of God’s Mercy. If God’s Justice was the only way He dealt with us, who of us could survive? What incredible visions St. Faustina had! I can’t even imagine the depth of what she saw, felt & heard. This passage also reminds me of the biblical story of Sodom & Gomorrah. I shudder to think of how close this world is to that story.
# 475 & 476
These are obviously the prayers in which He taught us to say the chaplet. After reading #474 I can easily understand the importance of these prayers. What a time we live in now!!! It is interesting that our Lord instructed her to say the chaplet for 9 days right after He gave it to her.
Some thoughts on 474, 475 & 476:
Ah, the wonderful genesis of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy liturgy! I love Mercy, but I’m startled by the Anger of God! The reason for the Mercy Chaplet is to stave off God’s anger. “This prayer will serve to appease My wrath.” Deep down I know this, so emphasized when viewing with awe Michelangelo’s huge painting, “The Last Judgment,” in the Sistine Chapel in 1985. But like today’s culture maybe I have sometimes been taken in with an all loving God Who is ever tolerant, Who is politically correct, Who would never judge anyone or condemn them to everlasting torment; not a God Who experiences even just anger. And then reality sets in and I’m reminded again of my sins and my Redeemer, and in justice beg Him for His Mercy.
We love to pray the Chaplet right after Mass. At this special time it seems like we really are able to “offer You (Eternal Father) the Body and the Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ….” And we take heart that millions of Christians around the world are praying the Chaplet to stay the hand of the Angel, “the executor of Divine wrath.” Gene.
Though I read the Diary, I did not recall how the Chaplet was given to St. Faustina. The mental image of the Angel, (Executor of Divine Wrath) becoming helpless in carrying out the just punishment which was rightly due for sins as St. Faustina pleaded with God. The prayers of the Chaplet which He gave to her interiorly—that mental image I now ask God to help me remember as I pray the Chaplet. Thanks, for this assignment. This exercise of “meditating” on the Diary is so much more deep then “reading” the Diary. It’s really chewing it, breaking it apart; like Lectio Divina. It’s Wow! Bonnie.
God Blesses us with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Giving the prayer to St. Faustina (us) to calm His Divine wrath, now how much Love is that. How God Loves His Son! Another call to action for getting the Divine Mercy message out there! Besides, now we know the story of how it came to be and we can share the story.
I noticed the prayer to be said when we enter Church (475) does not have “…and on the whole world” in it. I’m sure I’ll understand -someday-
I pray Lent goes well for all of us! All of the insights continue to inspire me.
The one thing that struck me while I was reading these passages was how Jesus didn’t ask her for severe penances or grand deeds or anything like that to stop the Angel, He asked her to offer God the Father His Body and Blood and Soul and Divinity, and that’s what stopped him. Not that penances or other prayers aren’t powerful or effective or necessary, I think they’re all of those things, but what He asked for at that moment was that offering. And isn’t that what the priest does at every Mass? He re-presents the sacrifice of Calvary to the Father? I guess this reading made me think of not only how powerful the Divine Mercy Chaplet is, but also how powerful the Mass itself is, and how I should make more of an effort to really pray and concentrate during that time instead of letting my mind wander.
I might be a bit off on my theology here so please correct me if I’m wrong!
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Assignment 20: Diary Entries 408 & 445
Assignment 22: Diary entry 535, 647