Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy

Today, more than ever, the whole world and each one of us are in need of God's mercy. As Jesus said to Sr. Faustina: "Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace."

And to respond to Jesus' invitation: "At three o'clock, immerse yourself completely in My mercy," we here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows have started the Divine Mercy devotion. We would like you to join us in prayer to ask God to pour out the fount of His mercy upon those who approach Him.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet devotion is prayed here at the Shrine on the third Sunday of each month, starting at 3:00 p.m., in our Christ the King Chapel. The devotion includes the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and a prayer of entrustment of the world to Divine Mercy.

I invite you to personally take part in this beautiful devotion at the Shrine. but if that is not possible, I want you to join in this Divine Mercy devotion in a special way for an entire year.

Divine Mercy is one of the most powerful forms of devotion in the Church. Devotion to Divine Mercy is rooted in the Scripture and reminds us that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. This devotion is based on the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who Jesus appeared to on several occasions with a message of God's mercy: "I am Love and Mercy itself. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me. My mercy is greater than your sins, and those of the entire world." The message of mercy is that God loves us no matter how great our sins. The Divine Mercy calls us to ask for God's mercy, be merciful to others and completely trust in Jesus.

When you send your Divine Mercy Prayer Intentions, I ask that you consider making a donation to help the Missionary Oblates enhance our mercy ministries with poor and needy people around the world. These are the Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy. Your generous gift will be fulfilling Jesus' instruction to St. Faustina when he told her: "I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it."

Here are just a few ways that the Oblates are truly ministers of mercy:

- At St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell, Massachusetts the Oblates hear more than 10,000 confessions a year. Located in downtown Lowell, the Oblates are available to hear confessions of local workers during their lunch breaks and before they head home.

- Eight Missionary Oblates are Missionaries of Mercy as designated by Pope Francis. They are authorized to absolve sins reserved to the Holy See. Father George Knab, O.M.I. is one of these Missionaries of Mercy and preaches retreats throughout the United States. "Being a Missionary of Mercy lends credibility to my Oblate ministry as an itinerate preacher," said Fr. George.

- In Sitka, Alaska Fr. Andy Sensenig, O.M.I. recently held a retreat for young people focused on how they can live out the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. It was a sacred moment for the students as they recognized the glory of God's merciful love for them through the Eucharist.

In appreciation for your donation of our Oblate ministries, you may select a Divine Mercy devotional gift. You may also choose to have a Divine Mercy Votive Candle lit for your intentions that will glow at the Shrine, a reminder of God's mercy in your life and the mercy you are sharing with others.

I am very proud to be part of a missionary order that is focused on bringing mercy to people in need, In fact, Pope Francis recently challenged the Oblates with this request: "May mercy always be the heart of your mission, of your evangelization efforts in today's world."

I thank you for being a partner with the Oblates in our works of mercy and let us continue to pray for each other. Please know that over the next year we will be praying for you and your intentions as we invoke God's mercy upon each one of us and upon the whole world.


Please send your Divine Mercy Prayer Intentions so your intentions can be included at the next Divine Mercy devotion at the Shrine, the third Sunday of every month at 3:00 p.m.

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