This is the first article in a series about the Divine Mercy Devotion. Please check back each week for more information.
Introduction to Divine Mercy - Deb Trenary
Who doesn’t like to receive gifts? Think of the times when there was no occasion, but a thoughtful gift arrived from a close friend or family member. Nothing we really deserved, but it was given with love nevertheless, and it brought us so much joy. Jesus is so willing to give us His graces (gifts) of love and mercy even though we don’t deserve them. He is just waiting for us to ask Him with trust to come into our hearts and help with our hectic, daily lives.
In the 1930’s, Jesus chose a very simple Polish sister, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, to help save souls by her personal sufferings and sacrifices for others. She was also chosen to help us understand the new ways that we can receive Christ’s special graces. And special they are! Sr. Faustina ‘s “Diary”, which includes a wealth of information and reveals her “conversations” with Jesus, describes five new forms of the Divine Mercy Devotion and what specific promises are attached to each of them. Next week we will discover how the first of these new forms, the “Image of Divine Mercy”, came about and its real significance in all of our lives. “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).