“Jesus, I trust in you.” These words, glittering in gold beneath the Divine Mercy image of Jesus on my desk, gently remind me that He is in control. When anxiety, uncertainty, and doubt are swirling around us with every click of the TV remote or scroll through social media, it’s easy to forget to place our trust in Jesus.
And get this- as I sat down to write this post, I asked Alexa to shuffle songs by Lauren Daigle… and the first song that started playing is “I Will Trust in You.” Crazy, right?! Alright, Jesus, I’m hearing your message loud and clear!
Trust is an integral part of Divine Mercy, and with Divine Mercy Sunday coming up soon, I wanted to take some time to really dive into all things Divine Mercy related.
To be honest, aside from the prayers and feast day, I did not know much more about Divine Mercy until I started exploring it recently- talk about a fascinating story! I just had to share this with you.
There is SO MUCH to unpack here and whether you are brand new to hearing about Divine Mercy or you’ve heard it all before, there is something here for you!
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Alright, let’s dive in!
Table of Contents
- So What Is Divine Mercy?
- What Is So Important About Divine Mercy?
- Where Did Divine Mercy Come From?
- Who Spread The Message of Divine Mercy?
- St. Pope John Paul II- The Mercy Pope
- The Hour of Great Mercy
- How To Pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
- The Divine Mercy Novena
- What Are The Benefits of Praying The Divine Mercy Novena?
- Learn More About Divine Mercy
- Creative Ways To Integrate Divine Mercy Into Your Life
- Divine Mercy Products By Catholic Artisans
- Closing Remarks
So What Is Divine Mercy?
Divine Mercy, according to Fr. Michael Gaitley, is when “God’s love meets us in our suffering and sin.” He goes on to explain that the secret of Divine Mercy is the power of God’s love to bring good out of human evil.
(Fr. Gaitley does an amazing job unpacking Divine Mercy in this 30-minute talk and he wrote a book on it, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told. He also leads an entire video series with the same name on FORMED.org.)
The Marian Fathers put it even more simply:
“The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.”Source: thedivinemercy.org
So basically, our God is a loving and merciful God. Even though we are sinful people, if we place our trust in Him, He will give us his mercy.
What Is So Important About Divine Mercy?
God is so loving and merciful that when we place our trust in Him and turn away from sin, the Devil literally loses! And it is through His mercy that we receive His abundant grace.
“My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world.”(The Diary of St. Faustina, 1485)
Divine Mercy is also a powerful way in which God prepares us for His final coming. And St. Pope John Paul II tells us that it is through God’s mercy that we will find happiness and peace.
Where Did Divine Mercy Come From
The concept of the Divine Mercy devotion came straight from Jesus’ lips to the ears of St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, in the 1930s. Jesus appeared to her in a series of apparitions and she recorded all of these encounters in her diary which was later published as a 600-page book, The Diary of St. Faustina. During these apparitions, Jesus revealed to her His message of Divine Mercy.
The idea of God’s love for us and His abundant mercy did not start there, but rather from the very beginning, starting with the Old Testament of the Bible and later reflected in Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament. Ultimately, it is made manifest in his holy sacrifice and death on the cross.
- “So the LORD passed before [Moses] and proclaimed: The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity, continuing his love for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin;” Exodus 34:6-7
- “I will not give vent to my blazing anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One present among you; I will not come in wrath.” Hosea 11:9
- “He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
- “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” Hebrews 4:15-16
Who Spread The Message of Divine Mercy?
There were a few key players when it came to spreading the message of Divine Mercy. Blessed Fr. Sopoko, St. Faustina’s spiritual director, encouraged her to record her encounters with Jesus in her diary. He also commissioned Eugene Kazimierowski to paint the iconic image of Divine Mercy. Fr. Sopoko later began to spread the image and devotion of Divine Mercy along with Fr. Joseph Andrasz, SJ, her other spiritual director.
The Marians of The Immaculate Conception were also integral in the spread of this devotion. And finally, perhaps the most influential was St.
St. Pope John Paul II- The Mercy Pope
St. Pope John Paul II always had a special devotion to Divine Mercy, and felt that it “form[ed] the image of [his] pontificate.” He is commonly known as “The Mercy Pope.” St. Pope John Paul II was also Polish, like St. Faustina. Just before becoming Pope, he lifted the ban that had previously been placed on the Divine Mercy devotion. (It was banned for 20 years because inaccurate translations of the text of St. Faustina’s diary were given to the Vatican. You can read more about that here.)
He beatified and later canonized St. Faustina. He also instituted Divine Mercy Sunday, which occurs as a yearly feast day the Sunday after Easter. And in 2002, St. Pope John Paul II entrusted the entire world to Divine Mercy and he wrote the papal encyclical Dives in
The Hour of Great Mercy
My first introduction to Divine Mercy was from my parents, in the Hour of Great Mercy. This is the hour of Jesus’s death at 3 pm on Good Friday. From as early on as I can remember, we stopped whatever we were doing at 3 o’clock to begin praying the chaplet as a family. (And as a kid, I was a huge fan of this because it was MUCH shorter than the rosary. What can
But in all seriousness, there are several references to this sacred hour in The Diary of St. Faustina, including this one:
At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (emphasis added).(The Diary of St. Faustina, 1320)
How To Pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is traditionally prayed using a rosary as a guide through a series of prayers. It is simple and easy to pray and can be done alone or with others. I’ve created a free step-by-step guide for you to use to pray the chaplet, complete with all of the prayers. You can download that for free right here!
The Divine Mercy Novena
The Divine Mercy Novena is simply the act of praying the Chaplet daily for 9 days, each day centered around a specific intention. You can learn more about the novena and find the list of intentions here.
Traditionally, the novena begins on Good Friday at the Hour of Great Mercy and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday. It can, however, be prayed any time throughout the year as well.
What Are The Benefits of Praying The Divine Mercy Novena?
God tells us “through this chaplet, you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will” (The Diary of St. Faustina, 1731). When the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed specifically as a novena, God also promises to “grant every possible grace to souls,” (The Diary of St. Faustina, 796) and specifically at the hour of death He will bestow His great mercy on those who recite it (The Diary of St. Faustina, 687).
Learn More About Divine Mercy
There are so many great resources available to learn more about Divine Mercy- we just scratched the surface today! I would highly recommend looking at the Marian Fathers’ website, thedivinemercy.org, next to learn more! Here are some books you may also enjoy:
- The Diary of St. Faustina
- The Life of Faustina Kowalska
- Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy
- The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
If you’re ever in Massachusetts, you can also visit The National Shrine of Divine Mercy right here in the United States! My grandma visited last summer and was in awe at its beauty and rich history.
Creative Ways to Integrate Divine Mercy Into Your Life
Personally, I find displaying the image of Divine Mercy or another form of artwork inspired by the image to be a beautiful daily reminder of Divine Mercy! You can also set an alarm on your phone for 3 pm daily as a reminder to pray the Chaplet (though it can be prayed any time!)
Divine Mercy Products By Catholic Artisans
I am also SUPER EXCITED to display the talents of an amazing group of Catholic women and their Divine Mercy inspired products below! I am not an affiliate for any of the following products/companies, I just love being able to help support their Catholic businesses in this way.
Divine Mercy Pocket Rosary from Come Holy Spirit Rosaries
Chaplet of Divine Mercy Vintage Rosary from Della Madonna Rosaries
Mother of Mercy Rosary from Morning Glory Beads
FREE Step-By-Step Guide to The Divine Mercy Chaplet from me! (Sparkle With Grace)
Divine Mercy Prayer from With A Joyful Heart
Assorted Divine Mercy Prints from Benadicta Boutique
Assorted Divine Mercy Prints, Printables, Stickers, and Magnets from Sweet Little Ones Shop
Divine Mercy in Water Color from Rose Harrington
Jesus I Trust in You Canvas Banner from Rose Harrington
Jesus I Trust in You Wooden Sign from Hardy Design and Photography
Wooden Divine Mercy Sign from Rough 2 Rustic
Dolls + Gifts
Divine Mercy Jesus Peg Doll from Grand Expression
Crochet Divine Mercy Doll from Eve of Construction
Jesus I Trust in You Coffee Cozy from The Cozy Wife
Embroidery Pattern from Schroeder Stitchery
Sew A Saint: Divine Mercy of Christ from Faith and Fabric
I hope you’re feeling inspired and eager to learn more about Divine Mercy after reading through this post! It is such a beautiful and powerful message and I am so excited to share some introductory information with you all in this way.
And don’t forget to download your free step-by-step guide to praying the Divine Mercy chaplet to get you started today!
So, to wrap up, I want to remind you to trust in God, love him, and call upon His mercy. He desires a relationship with us so deeply, and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet is such a great way to strengthen or reignite that glittering flame!