Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy – Jesus

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a prayer of intercession prayed on ordinary rosary beads in as little as ten minutes, yet its prayerful recitation comes with a plethora of graces and promises.  Jesus instructed Saint Faustina,

My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given you.  It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. (Diary, 1541)

If the Lord is saying “It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet,” shouldn’t we take every opportunity to recite this prayer with intentions for our country, our neighbors, our world?

As are many of us today, St. Faustina was greatly concerned for all mankind.  Her lamentations then sound remarkably familiar to what one might hear today.  She records in Diary passage 929:

When I had rested near His sweetest Heart, I told Him, “Jesus, I have so much to tell You.”  And the Lord said to me with great love, “Speak, My daughter.”  And I started to enumerate the pains of my heart; that is, how greatly concerned I am for all mankind, that “they all do not know You, and those who do know You do not love You as You deserve to be loved.  I also see how terribly sinners offend You; and then again, I see how severely the faithful, especially Your servants, are oppressed and persecuted.  And then, too, I see many souls rushing headlong into the terrible abyss of hell.  You see, Jesus, this is the pain that gnaws at my heart and bones.  And, although You show me special love and inundate my heart with streams of Your joys, nevertheless, this does not appease the sufferings I have just mentioned, but rather they penetrate my poor heart all the more acutely.  Oh, how ardently I desire that all mankind turn with trust to Your mercy.  Then, seeing the glory of Your name, my heart will be comforted.”

How kindly and tenderly Jesus deals with her outpourings.  What a consolation for we who share St. Faustina’s heart.  St. Faustina continues:

Jesus listened to these outpourings of my heart with gravity and interest, as if He had known nothing about them, and this seemed to make it easier for me to talk.  And the Lord said to me, My daughter, those words of your heart are pleasing to Me, and by saying the chaplet you are bringing humankind closer to Me.  After these words, I found myself alone, but the presence of God is always in my soul.

The Lord asked St. Faustina to pray the chaplet for many causes as outlined below.  Let us pray the Chaplet of Mercy as often as possible for all the things St. Faustina prayed for and more.  Seek her intersession.  Ask her to pray each chaplet with you thankful of the goodness and generosity of the Lord.

Promises of the Chaplet for all Things

I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.  (687)

My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you.  It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet.  (1541)

Promises of the Chaplet to Appease God’s Anger

This prayer will serve to appease My wrath.  (476)

When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated.  (811)

This chaplet mitigates God’s anger, as He Himself told me.  (1036)

It [the chaplet] appeases the anger of God.  (1565)

Promises of the Chaplet for Sinners

Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation.  Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy.  (687)

When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one.  (1541)

Promises of the Chaplet for Storms

Today I was awakened by a great storm.  The wind was raging, and it was raining in torrents, thunderbolts striking again and again.  I began to pray that the storm would do no harm, when I heard the words:  Say the chaplet I have taught you, and the storm will cease.  I began immediately to say the chaplet and hadn’t even finished it when the storm suddenly ceased, and I heard the words:  Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.  (1731)

When a great storm was approaching, I began to say the chaplet.  Suddenly I heard the voice of an angel:  “I cannot approach in this storm, because the light which comes from her mouth drives back both me and the storm.”  Such was the angel’s complaint to God.  I then recognized how much havoc he was to have made through this storm; but I also recognized that this prayer was pleasing to God, and that this chaplet was most powerful.  (1791)

Promises of the Chaplet for the Faithful

The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.  (754)

While I was saying the chaplet, I heard a voice which said, Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet.  O what a great multitude of souls I see!  They worshiped the Divine Mercy and will be singing the hymn of praise for all eternity.  (848)

Promises of the Chaplet for the Dying

I realize more and more how much every soul needs God’s mercy throughout life and particularly at the hour of death.  This chaplet mitigates God’s anger, as He Himself told me.  (1036)

At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same.  When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.  (811)

Saint Faustina’s Stories of Praying the Chaplet for the Dying

The stories from the Diary of St. Faustina that follow below clearly demonstrate the extremely holy relationship that exists between God and man and death.  They show how the recitation of the chaplet comes to the aid of souls at their last moments, especially souls in distress.  Millions worldwide have followed St. Faustina’s example of praying at the bedside of someone, most often a loved one, during their last moments and are now sharing stories about their experiences.  Stories that are, maybe not so surprising, strikingly similar to these included here.  Let us also follow the path of St. Faustina and do as the Lord commands and “pray as much as we can for the dying.”  What a great gift our humble prayers may obtain for them:

Pray as much as you can for the dying.  By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least.  Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer.  (1777)

The First Soul to Benefit of the Lord’s Promise

During the night, I was suddenly awakened and knew that some soul was asking me for prayer, and that it was in much need of prayer.  Briefly, but with all my soul, I asked the Lord for grace for her.  (809)

The following afternoon, when I entered the ward, I saw someone dying, and learned that the agony had started during the night.  When I verified it – it had been at the time when I had been asked for prayer.  And just then, I heard a voice in my soul:  Say the chaplet which I taught you.  I ran to fetch my rosary and knelt down by the dying person and, with all the ardor of my soul, I began to say the chaplet.  Suddenly the dying person opened her eyes and looked at me; I had not managed to finish the entire chaplet when she died, with extraordinary peace.  I fervently asked the Lord to fulfill the promise He had given me for the recitation of the chaplet.  The Lord gave me to know that the soul had been granted the grace He had promised me.  That was the first soul to receive the benefit of the Lord’s promise.  I could feel the power of mercy envelop that soul.  (810)

A Suffering Young Man Dies Peacefully

This evening, a certain young man was dying; he was suffering terribly.  For his intention, I began to say the chaplet which the Lord had taught me.  I said it all, but the agony continued. I wanted to start the Litany of the Saints, but suddenly I heard the words, Say the chaplet.  I understood that the soul needed the special help of prayers and great mercy.  And so I locked myself in my room and fell prostrate before God and begged for mercy upon that soul.  Then I felt the great majesty of God and His great justice.  I trembled with fear, but did not stop begging the Lord’s mercy for that soul.  Then I took the cross off my breast, the crucifix I had received when making my vows, and I put it on the chest of the dying man and said to the Lord, “Jesus, look on this soul with the same love with which You looked on my holocaust on the day of my perpetual vows, and by the power of the promise which You made to me in respect to the dying and those who would invoke Your mercy on them, [grant this man the grace of a happy death].”  His suffering then ceased, and he died peacefully.  Oh, how much we should pray for the dying!  Let us take advantage of mercy while there is still time for mercy.   (1035)

The Powers of Darkness Fled in a Panic

When I entered the chapel for a moment, the Lord said to me, My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner.  Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.  When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle.  His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul’s misery.  A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image.  The rays which issued from Jesus’ Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic.  The sick man peacefully breathed his last.  When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying.  It appeases the anger of God.  (1565)

Help for a Soul Already in Despair

Today, the Lord came to me and said, My daughter, help Me to save souls. You will go to a dying sinner, and you will continue to recite the chaplet, and in this way you will obtain for him trust in My mercy, for he is already in despair.  (1797)

Suddenly, I found myself in a strange cottage where an elderly man was dying amidst great torments.  All about the bed was a multitude of demons and the family, who were crying.  When I began to pray, the spirits of darkness fled, with hissing and threats directed at me.  The soul became calm and, filled with trust, rested in the Lord.  At the same moment, I found myself again in my own room.  How this happens…  I do not know.  (1798)

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All references to Diary: Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul © 1987 Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M, Stockbridge, MA 01263. All rights reserved. www.marian.org

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