Rays of Merciful Love Summer 2020

“Mercy is love that seeks to lessen the misery of others” — Bryan Thatcher, MD Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy Newsletter Summer 2020 A t the time of this writing, the worldwide pandemic has killed more than 250,000 people worldwide, including more than 70,000 people in this country, and the numbers are sure to rise. Our loved ones in nurs- ing homes are at a very high risk, and their friends or family members cannot even enter the facilities to be at their bedside as they die. People ask me, “What can we do? It is heartbreaking that I cannot be with my loved one!” I tell them to pray! Pray the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet, and realize that you are doing a powerful act of mercy. Find comfort that Jesus, Our Lady, and a host of angels will be there at the bedside of your loved one. Occasionally, I get asked, “How do I pray this Chaplet for the sick and dying? How is it different?” Actually, it is the same Divine Mercy Chaplet, but be sure to include in all your inten- tions those who’re sick and those that will die in that hour. The Divine Mercy Chaplet originated from a vision that St. Faustina had of an angel, the executor of divine wrath, on the evening of Sept. 13, 1935. She wrote: He was clothed in a dazzling robe, his face gloriously bright, a cloud beneath his feet. From the cloud, bolts of thunder and flashes of lightning were springing into his hands; and from his hand they were going forth, and only then were they striking the earth. When I saw this sign of divine wrath which was about to strike the earth, and in particular a certain place, which for good reasons I cannot name, I began to implore the angel to hold off for a few moments, and the world would do penance. But my plea was a mere nothing in the face of the divine anger. Just then I saw the Most Holy Trinity. The greatness of Its majesty pierced me deeply, and I did not dare to repeat my entreaties. At that very moment I felt in my soul the power of Jesus’ grace, which dwells in my soul. When I became conscious of this grace, I was instantly snatched up before the Throne of God. Oh, how great is our Lord and God and how incomprehensible His holiness! I will make no attempt to describe this greatness, because before long we shall all see Him as He is. I found myself pleading with God for the world with words heard interiorly. As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helpless- ness: he could not carry out the just punishment which was rightly due for sins. Never before had I prayed with such inner power as I did then. The words with which I entreated God are these: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us. The next morning, when I entered chapel, I heard these words interiorly: “Every time you enter the chapel, immediately re- cite the prayer which I taught you yesterday.” When I had said the prayer, in my soul I heard these words: “This prayer will serve to appease My wrath. You will recite it for nine days, on the beads of the rosary, in the following manner: First of all, you will say one OUR FATHER and HAIL MARY and the I BELIEVE IN GOD. Then on the OUR FATHER beads you will say the following words: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the HAIL MARY beads you will say the following words: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world. In conclu- sion, three times you will recite these words: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world’“ ( Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska , 474-476). An ancient Christian writer wrote that, “of all divine things, the most divine is to share with God in the saving of souls.” And “God and souls” was the motto of St. Faustina. Our ministry aim, as was hers, is saving souls. Our Lord asked her to pray and offer P raying for the sick and dying By Bryan Thatcher, MD R ays of M erciful L ove