Divine Mercy, Holy Mary, and our times.

 Why would Jesus choose to remind us in our times that He is Divine Mercy? Can we call Mary “Mother of Mercy?”

St. Gertrude 

Certainly, we are living in interesting times. St. Gertrudis (1256-1302 A.D.) had the privilege to see the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She describes it as a fountain of graces flowing out over the whole world in the form of the purest water she has ever seen. On the Catholic Church’s feast of the apostle John, the very apostle appeared to her and placed her on Our Lord’s wounded side. From here, she could hear Our Lord’s beating heart. She emotionally asked St. John, who had rested his head on Our Savior’s chest, why haven’t you told the world about this? St. John replied that it was his task to speak about the Word becoming flesh but that the “The eloquence of that sweet beating” of Jesus’ heart “is reserved for the last age in order that the world grown cold and torpid may be set on fire with the love of God.”
 
Also, let’s consider the folowing. Before becoming Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla said the following words during a visit to the UnitedCardinalKarolWojtyla States: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine ProvidenceIt is a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations.” (Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 9, 1978)

So what do we make of St. Apostle’s comments to St. Gertrude and our beloved Pope’s words regarding this final confrontation? Personally, right off of the top of my head, I can think of three things:
1) We are living in challenging and historical times.
2) The church needs to be evangelized.
3) This sign of Mercy is our last opportunity for salvation.
 
I would say that this final confrontation that John Paul II talks about can also be viewed as between the Gospel of Mercy and anti-mercy. Our beloved Pope has also exclaimed that the world will not have peace until humanity turns to God’s Mercy. We see this as well in the Diary of St. Faustina. Brothers and sisters, Mercy is the key. By His Mercy, we will mary-baby-jesusobtain the graces of love, faith, and hope. But moreover, in this confrontation, Mary – the mother of Mercy – is putting on her gloves a well. Let’s remember that she is our mother too who is going into battle. She is the Mother of Mercy.
 
We can recall various reasons why our mother Mary is the Mother of Mercy.
 
We don’t need to look any further than the gospel of Luke. The angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she will give birth to a boy named Emmanuel which also means God with us. That is, Mary is the instrument through which God has made himself incarnate, flesh and bones, the second person of the Trinity sharing our human dna and redeeming us through his body, blood, soul, and divinity. By His actions, our fallen human nature has been redemeed being one with Him and consequently sharing in the Alpha and Omega, the Trinity. Even more, we have been given a mother to also care for us. –  It is not just a theory; she claims motherhood over us as well.
“Once, the confessor told me to pray for his intention, and I began a novena to the Mother of God. This novena consisted in the prayer “Hail, Holy Queen” recited nine times. Toward the end of the novena I saw the Mother of God with the Infant Jesus in her arms. … I could not stop wondering at His beauty. … I heard a few of the words that the Mother of God spoke. … The words were: “I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy, and your Mother” (Diary, 330)
We have also seen these words from the Virgen of Guadalupe. She tells the Indian Juan Diego:
Am I not here, I who am your Mother ? Are you not under my shadow and protection ? Am I not the source of your joy ? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?
The second reason why we can call Mary the Mother of Mercy is that Mary is “the one who experienced mercy in an InmaculateConcepcionexceptional way — as no one else.” (Encyclical Dives in Misericordia, section 9) She received what theologians called “prevenient” grace. This comes from the latin prae-venire, which means “to come before.” In other words, even before we ask for it, and quite apart from the fact that we do not deserve it, and have not earned it in the least, God graciously takes the initiative and comes to our aid. We see a reflection of it in a parent’s love to a child. Mary did not merit God’s Mercy and she could not have asked to be immaculately conceived. God took the initiative and fashioned her to be the created masterpiece of His Mercy in the world. The Immaculate Conception is really the supreme manifestation of God’s prevenient, unmerited mercy. In “Veritatis Splendor (1993),” we read that our Mother Mary literally brought Divine Mercy into our world. John Paul II, the author of such encyclical, expresses that God needed to reveal His Mercy and this brought forth the incarnation. Please noticed the beautiful rendering of God’s desire to save us when the Pope uses the word “need” implying God, who is perfect Love and needs nothing, did want to have us by His side and save us from the evil that pushes us the other way.
Mary also is the Mother of Mercy because she gave perfect devotion to Our Lord, her son. As we may recall, Jesus gives us five ways to adore His Mercy in the Faustina’s Diary. Mary performed each one with perfect disposition.
 

  

  

 

The five ways to adore Mercy are…

1) Spread out the message of Mercy through prayer, deeds, and words.

Besides saying “yes” to being the mother of Jesus, Mary intercedes for us in
the Wedding of Cana and many other occasions throughout the bible. Even today.  

  

 2) To trust in God’s goodness.
Did not Mary trust in God’s goodness?
 

 

3) Venerate the image of Divine Mercy
Can we recall Mary at the foot of the Cross venerating His Son Jesus?
 

4) Praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy

Who can more perfectly offer Her Son to the Father than Mary?  

5) Feast of Divine Mercy

 Who can be more willing to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy than Mary having received the gift of Immaculate Conception and wishing all her children to be saved?  

 
 Mary, as the Mother of Mercy, wants to always show us the way to salvation. She wants to lead us, grace by grace, step by step, to Jesus’ embrace.
 
Faustina has referred to her as her instructor. Mary is my Instructress, who is ever teaching me how to live for God. My spirit brightens up in Your gentleness and Your humility, O Mary.” (Diary, 620) 

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On one occasion, Mary teaches Faustina that humility is necessary to be true disciples of Christ:  “When I was left alone with the Blessed Virgin, She instructed me concerning the interior life. She said, The soul’s true greatness is in loving God and in humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing; because the Lord is great, but He is well pleased only with the humble; He always opposes the proud. (Diary, 1711) She also taught Faustina the three most important virtues above all: “I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me-and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, and once again humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must especially radiate with these virtues. When the conversation ended, She pressed me to Her Heart and disappeared. When I regained the use of my senses, my heart became so wonderfully attracted to these virtues; and I practice them faithfully. They are as though engraved in my heart.” (Diary, 1415)

 In conclusion, Mary is our Mother and our mother has the title of The Mother of Mercy. She loves us in her motherly ways being affectionate, guiding, and caring for us. She loves our brothers and sisters and she does not want to them to be lost. For that reason, she exhorts us to tell them about the Mercy of her Son.

 “ March 25. In the morning, during meditation, God’s presence enveloped me in a special way,as I saw the immeasurable greatness of God and, at the same time, His condescension to His creatures. Then I saw the Mother of God, who said to me, Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace! I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you.” (Diary, 635)

Let us love one anmonstranceDivinemercyother. If Mary is our mother, my neighbour is also my brother. When I act wrongly against him, I’m acting wrongly against my very self. When I love my brother, I am loving my very self. We really are one body. Let’s ask Mary to pray that we might receive God’s graces to spiritually evolve above all the limitations that we put on ourselves. Let’s each of us be an apostle of Mercy.

 (Please use this information and other docs on this website to promote the fact that God loves each of us and accepts each of us the way we are right now (not later). Let us know if we can help you in your evangelization efforts. Thank you!)  

 

 

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