Friday, May 1, 2015

Catholic Tidbit: Divine Mercy Chaplet at the Moment of Death

Did you know there is something you can do for your loved ones at the hour of their death to incite the Lord's mercy for them?  Yep, that's right!

Through her visions of Jesus, Sr. Faustina Kowlaska experienced, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy was given to our world.  It is a beautiful prayer, one that can be prayed daily, and numerous times a day.  It can be prayed for both the living and the dead.  Maybe even more importanly, it can be prayered for those who are at death's door.

In her diary, Sr. Faustina recalls Jesus' words: "My daughter, encourage souls to say  the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. ... Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior" (Diary, 1541).

Jesus also promised:  "At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same" (Diary, 811).  It is important to note that one does NOT have to be in the physical presence of the dying person for this indulgence to take place.

So you see the power you have to incite mercy for your loved ones (and yourself) at the moment of death?  In fact Jesus employs us to offer our chaplets up for sinners and for the dying by saying:  "Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties [that is, insistent prayers] obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul" (Diary, 1777).

All quotes in this blog post are reposted from here.

Blessings to you and yours,


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