Funny story: I was typing this in Tea Loft in ION Orchard when an old lady behind me pointed to my laptop, smiled, and said, “Divine Mercy!”
Praise God! It’s truly a testament of how this devotion – and the iconic image associated with it – has spread throughout the world with its message of hope and salvation.
And what exactly, is the Divine Mercy? Well, according to Wikipedia, it’s a devotion to the endless merciful love of God towards all people. It’s represented by this image:
In 1931, our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the Heart, from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. (Representing blood and water respectively)
Jesus said to St Faustina:
“Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.“
When St. Faustina first saw the original image that was being painted under her direction, she wept in disappointment and said, “Who will paint You as beautiful as You are?”
Jesus comforted her saying,
“Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace.”
What a beautiful reply of Grace and love! Personally, it reminds me that God may call on any one of us – no matter how unworthy we feel. How are we to question His desires?
The three main themes of the Divine Mercy follow the ABCs (simple to remember, but not easy to follow!)
- Ask for His Mercy
- Be merciful – show mercy to others and act as a conduit of God’s mercy towards them
- Completely trust in Jesus
Let’s pray to constantly remember God’s merciful love, and may His love and mercy flow through our hearts towards those in need of it.