Apr 06 2012
Divine Mercy Novena, Second Day
“Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.
* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun “us” since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.
Habakkuk 1:17 Shall he, then, keep on brandishing his sword to slay peoples without mercy?
“My child, call forth the mercy of God so that the tribulation will not end in the total destruction of his children. The mercy of God is immeasurable and he will unleash far more of it than is asked for, but only if it is asked for. Therefore, with complete confidence and trust―pray! Offer yourself as an instrument of mercy and practice mercy at all times, giving thanks when you must suffer to do so. My child, the time is short. Pray!”
Lord have mercy! I am an unworthy instrument of mercy, but only say the word and I will accomplish in the Divine Will all the acts of mercy you desire. Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. Amen.
(Blog post from August 18, 2007)