The Divine Mercy Devotion
God calls us to a total commitment to Him as God of Mercy in the Devotion to The Divine
Mercy. He desires for us to decide to trust in Him completely, to be accepting of His
mercy with thanksgiving, and to be merciful to others as He is merciful to us. This devotion
was given by Jesus Himself to a young Polish nun, Sr. Faustina, in the 1930's. It reminds
us that God is infinitely merciful and forgiving, if we come to Him in trust and with a
contrite heart. But it goes beyond that in that it also requires us to likewise be merciful and
forgiving of our neighbors, always and everywhere. We are to spread God's mercy to others
by our actions, our words, and our prayers. By receiving the sacraments of Confession and Eucharist,
we allow Jesus to transform our hearts into hearts that are merciful. By praying the
Divine Mercy Chaplet, we offer to God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus as our
intercessor in atonement for our own sins as well as for the sins of the whole world, asking Him
Divine Mercy is a Eucharistic devotion. Our Lord Jesus gives us Himself, Body, Blood,
Soul and Divinity,
truly present in the Eucharist, every time we worthily go to Communion, as the "Fountain of Life",
a miracle of mercy. And it is Jesus Himself that we offer up to His Father as our merciful intercessor.
Jesus reminds us that He is truly present and alive in the Eucharist, and He also calls us to
repentance, to be washed clean by His mercy through Confession and Holy Communion, no matter how
terrible our sins are. With Divine Mercy, Jesus offers us the opportunity to start over again, to
become again as we were on the day of our Baptism. He does not stop, however, by giving us a single
grace. Jesus opens up an unlimited supply of graces, a veritable floodgate of graces and mercy which flow
from His merciful heart. Our Lord holds back nothing. If we just let Jesus into our hearts, even
just a little, and trust, God will do the rest.
"The soul that will venerate this image will not perish."