Divine Mercy is the heart of the Gospel. If we look at how God has revealed Himself in Scripture and Church Tradition, we discover how mercy is essential to understanding His message of love and salvation. Mercy even reveals His very identity. With this understanding of God and His revelation to us, we can ask for His mercy, be merciful to others, and strive to completely trust in His Son, who is Divine Mercy Incarnate.
Trust in Jesus is the essence of the message of mercy. But there is more to trust than just believing that God is trustworthy. We have to act upon that belief. Trust involves a turning back to God, a real conversion of our whole lives to God, repenting of our sins and forgiving others. Trust is a living faith.
“The graces of My Mercy may be drawn by one vessel alone, which is trust.” (Diary 1578)
The writings of St. Faustina, an uneducated Polish nun from the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland, provide the source of the message and devotion. In the 1930s, in obedience to her spiritual director, Sister Faustina wrote a diary of some 600 pages recording the revelations she was receiving about God’s mercy.
All are welcome to come to St. Joseph’s Oratory at 3:00 p.m. to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy during the Hour of Great Mercy.
“…In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary 1320)