It NEVER fails. Four days into my Divine Mercy Novena (a nine day prayer), and I already forgot. *face palm*
In the early days of marriage, I joked with Mike that I could never be Catholic because I hate fish. Now that I am Catholic, I joke that I probably shouldn’t be because I can’t stick to anything longer than three days. Forty days of Lent? Practically impossible for me!
God has been using the Divine Mercy devotion to draw me nearer to Him for several years. In 2000—the same Easter that I joined the Church— Pope John Paul II instituted Divine Mercy Sunday and canonized St. Maria Faustina. Now, fourteen years later, Pope John Paul II will be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday. Pretty cool, huh?
For about two years, I have enjoyed reading Revelations of Divine Mercy by George W. Kosicki, C.S.B., a daily devotional book containing excerpts from St. Maria Faustina’s diary. I don’t read it every day, because I can’t stick to anything longer than three days, but it is astounding to read about Jesus’ unfathomable mercy as revealed to St. Faustina.
Over At Catholic Mom, I got the idea of choosing a spiritual word to guide me through my year—I need all the help I can get. God chose mercy to be my word for 2014. Every time I hear or read the word mercy, whether at mass, in a song, in scripture, or as I stumble through my day, I remember God’s Divine Mercy!
Now that I am seeking out God’s mercy, I notice it more and more. God keeps slapping me upside the head with Divine Mercy images—hanging above my piano at home, posted at the side of my blog, in a little prayer card I was given, hanging at church during Eucharistic adoration. My kids have truly enjoyed learning and praying the Divine Mercy chaplet at school this year–kudos to their principal for encouraging this devotion!
Recently during a family trip to the Black Madonna shrine in Eureka, MO, God made me notice His mercy again. Here is a picture of the Divine Mercy statue in the outdoor chapel honoring Our Lady of Czestochowa:
The rays of mercy radiating from Jesus’ heart fascinate me. The blue ray represents Water, which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for Jesus’ Blood which saves us and gives us life. Every day—well maybe not every day, but as often as I can remember—I pray for Jesus to let His mercy radiate from my heart to the world instead of my crabby, grouchy, tiredness.
Today I will try my best to fit in yesterday’s novena prayer as well as today’s. I’m not going to sweat it, though. If my nine day novena takes ten days, God will understand. In fact, I think God called me to the Catholic Church precisely because I can’t stick to anything longer than three days. His mercy is transforming me!
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For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Jesus, I trust in you!