The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us - all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, that in thy celestial apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, thou didst promise to show thy compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting thee, seek thy help and call upon thee in their necessities and afflictions.
Thou didst promise to hearken to our supplications, to dry our tears and to give us consolation and relief. Never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, either for the common welfare, or in personal anxieties, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Mary, ever Virgin Mother of the True God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves in thy august presence, certain that thou wilt deign to fulfill thy merciful promises. We are full of hope that, standing beneath thy shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor need we fear illness, or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
Thou hast decided to remain with us through thy admirable image, thou who art our Mother, our health and our life. Placing ourselves beneath thy maternal gaze and having recourse to thee in all our necessities we need do nothing more. O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. (Here mention your petition.)
Five Hail Marys...in gratitude for the four apparitions to Juan Diego and the one to Juan Bernardino
Be merciful even, therefore, even as your Father is merciful (Luke: 6:36)
It is often said that God's greatest attribute is His Mercy. Perhaps the greatest example of that Mercy was sending His only Son, Jesus down to earth to preach the Good News and to be crucified as a sacrificial offering for our sins. God's Mercy is beyond justice for justice for our sins would prevent us from the reward of heaven but God in His infinite and inexhaustible Mercy calls us to ask for forgiveness, to repent to follow the life of Jesus. Through Jesus the gates of heaven are open to all of us if only take advantage of God's Mercy.
The Bible has over 400 references to God's Mercy and Blessed Father Sopocko reflected on these and other examples of God's Mercy in a four volume set "The Mercy of God in His Works" Father Sopocko a trained theologian used the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine as the basis for this Opus and the basis for affirming St. Maria Faustina's revelation that God's greatest attribute is His Mercy. As St. Maria Faustina's confessor he also became a tireless advocate of promoting Divine Mercy worldwide. His writings summarized below continue to do so.
The following summary is intended to demonstrate a glimpse of the depths of God's Mercy and encourage readers of this humble summary to read, study and communicate these teachings to others as we are in hour of mercy and in need of that Mercy. The format of this summary follows the set in logical order identifying the biblical reference to God's Mercy, a one to two sentence quote from Fr. Sopocko and in certain sections Father's reflection. It is the direct hope of this humble undertaking that these volumes will be republished on-line so that whole world might benefit from the insights that these excerpts suggest and encourage in-depth reading and studying the writings on God's Mercy contained within the four volumes.
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Millennia ago, from the little cave on the tiny island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, the heavens opened and a vision was revealed. Since then, the world has been fascinated by the cosmic upheavel brewing on the horizon of history. The upheaval is now upon us. It is within us. To some degree, it has always been but there has been a sudden and violent shift in the affairs of the world-the winds have changed. Heaven will not be silent.
I am Father Anthony Bus, pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka - The Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Chicago and author of A Mother's Plea. Please join me during the weekday lunch hour, NOON to 1:00 pm on 750AM, or listen online at windsofchangeshow.com. Together we can pave the way for a hopeful response to the signs of our times.