Mary Magdalene the Penitent – who received God’s mercy – painted by my cousin Kathleen Carr
“Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…” (Diary, 1146)
Sorry it’s been awhile since I have posted anything. The past few weeks have been difficult. In three weeks time my friends or myself have been touched by 4 suicides, one of which touched our family very personally. I have seen a lot of despair. I have also seen division. I was unsettled, as I remember having a dream relating to suicide a few months back. I know now, more than ever, our mission, as faithful is to spread hope because our God is a God of hope. In the midst of all this, I have also seen good. People coming together in prayer. I have found this period of time difficult, yet I remain steadfast to stay faithful. If you find yourself in despair, please ask God to bind up that spirit of despair and cast it out. Go to confession. Offer your sins to Jesus asking forgiveness. Spread hope to others.
I believe it was meant to be that just before all of this happened, I watched a Divine Mercy 101 DVD with Fr. Chris Alar. As I sat and pondered these suicides, feeling helpless and worried for souls, I remembered that Fr. Alar had said (paraphrasing), if you say a Divine Mercy Chaplet today for someone who has died in the past, the graces from your prayer today, because God is outside of time, are taken to your loved one at the time of their judgement. In other words, God could for see that you would say the prayer for the loved one and then apply that grace for them when they die. Our God is that merciful. Unfathomable mercy. Pray the chaplet, our prayers do have power.
I took all of this in and went to the 24 hour Adoration Chapel nearby. I recorded what popped into my head as God speaking to me, I will relay only part of it here;
The biggest mistake you all make is thinking the devil is not real. He spreads lies and confusion. Wreaking havoc. This is free will’s choices. You have to choose to love and choose the good. I have given you the tools. Silence the noise and the veil is lifted. I am available to all. Seek refuse in Mary, the perfect example. Satan is trying to cause division in this time and has succeeded more than any other time. Making you think you are almighty gods of yourselves. You CAN have Divine Life. I want to share it with you. But it comes in being contrary to the world and being in union with the Trinity -> the ultimate goal. Communion, not division.
Invoke your angels. St. Michael will defend you in battle. Be present and don’t worry about the future. I am already there.
Divine Mercy – pray for it. Mercy is pouring out. Pray the Rosary. Do penance. Small mortification to prepare. The Battle Cry, “Who is like God?” The answer, no one. My promise is true. The gates of hell shall not prevail. You have no idea of my love or of my ways. Things aren’t always what they seem. Penance. Repent, Confess, Reparation.
In the days and months to come, remember to love. People are angry, and you may be angry, you may be justified to be angry, a righteous anger, but don’t let that hold you back from love. Reach out to the suffering. Bring hope to your fellow man. Don’t answer wrath with wrath, answer it with love. Pray for your enemies, and most of all, pray for those who have lost hope.
P.S. Continue to pray for Eva. She was able to have a nerve block to help her pain, but the tumor is still there, wrapped around a main artery. She suffers a lot, but remains in hope.
I needed to read this …. it came in the right time and I truly believe that satan is at work to bring despair to people- including myself. Please pray for me because I’m in a situation where I keep questioning my fiancée about everything. He keeps showing me love and it doesn’t seem to be enough. Thank you for being so open and vulnerable to us readers. Your posts are helping us:) May God protect you and your family from all sides.
I will pray for you
I have always wondered if saying the chaplet of Divine Mercy after a person has died, will have the same effect if said during his last moments. I do believe this can happen but only if the person dead had some disposition towards God. You mentioned suicide. I don’t judge as such persons could be sick persons and hence not truly responsible for their actions. But I do remeber a case where a young lady wanted to commit suicide because she did not want to suffer. She was exhorted by many not to commit such folly. In the end she did what she wanted. Again I will not judge her as judgement belongs to God, but I do find it hard to pray for such a person when head strong she did what she was advised not to do. Would a chaplet save her from justice? I wonder.
Only God knows. Fr. Alar did say (again paraphrasing)that he was taught Christ comes to you 3 times at your death and each time wanting you to recognize him. Those that didn’t recognize Him in life may not in death as well. Our prayers may help them recognize him. They still have to accept His mercy and may reject it as they did in their lives. I know it’s hard to pray for some people but I also know if I can help someone make it to be with our Lord I have to pray. One thing is for sure, I am glad God is merciful and He is in charge and I am not.
Thank you for your reply. I learned a lesson during a sermon about the difference between clemency and misericordia. I realize that everyone should have a chance for misericordia even if sometimes this goes against the grain. One must pray hard for such misericordia and let Jesus does what is best.
Susan, I’m thinking that some of the pain you’ve been experiencing in the past weeks seem to be related to not just troubled souls, but those that are either dead or dying. I’m noticing that more and more people are being enlisted in the prayer army specifically for such souls.
In my blog post last night, I wrote of being enlightened to pray for these souls, as in to immerse the souls of the dying and the lost in the Holy Water of Lourdes, and I believe Mother Mary has explained to me that the Water of Lourdes are Her tears. So, I am being asked to immerse them in Her tears.
Yes Caitlynnegrace the purgatorial souls. I think we must pray. Many People don’t even believe in purgatory so no one is praying. That’s beautiful what you have been asked
If I may…over several years now, I turn to the obituaries on the local paper and scan the faces and names. If say a quick Hail Mary for each person, asking that the Blessed Mother snatch each soul from satan’s grasp, present them to the Seat of Mercy and intercede for them to be allowed the grace to enter purgatory. I can only hope that the same will be granted to my wretched soul when I am called to join them.
God save us all. We are in this life together. Through the Mercy of our Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, may we all be cleansed and be together with him in Heaven.
Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.
Thank you, Susan (…and Caitlynnegrace) for your example and the messages of your beautiful blogs.
Amen. And thank you!
veil: Just to let you know I have been thinking (praying) very often about Eva. It is simple prayer, for those who are ill. I don’t petition, but simply say, “She is very ill Lord.”
Let her know she remains in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you. I plan on writing an update soon. She is really onto her last hope. Thanks again for the prayers.