Imagine for just a moment how different the world would be if every living soul on the planet was exposed to the Divine Mercy image and had the opportunity to speak for just 5 minutes with a passionate and devoted Christian about the unplumbed profundity of it power. Aside from purely devotional images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary before which believers pray and contemplate the holy mysteries, the Divine Mercy image is perhaps singularly the most powerful icon in the history of civilization. It has the power to save billions, to harvest souls in such unmatched proportions that the halls of Heaven would throng with the jubilant voices angels in song, and to reestablish a movement of tidal proportions on earth of unbelievers, new believers and previously fallen away believers called back to God – Creator and Redeemer of all things.
What is the Divine Mercy image?
In 1931 on the first Sunday of Lent (February 22), Jesus appeared to an impoverished nun who’d had but 3 years rudimentary education and asked her to document perhaps the most powerful message of Christ since those recorded in the Bible. She was granted a vision of Christ in a white robe with His right hand raised in blessing and His left hand pulling back a fold of his garment at the breast, to reveal His Heart from which radiated two rays, one pale, the other red. He charged her to paint an image according to what she saw with the specific purpose that it be spread throughout the world and venerated by all people.
What is the Divine Mercy message?
Our merciful Lord looked upon the trembling young sister with such fullness of tender mercy that she was reduced to weeping under the weight of such unimaginable love, such unbearable compassion. The Lord told Sister Faustina, “Paint an Image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world…I went immediately to the chapel and wept a good deal. I said to the Lord, “who will paint You as beautiful as You are?” Then I heard these words: "Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace… I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory… "The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls... These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him… By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so let every soul have access to it… Let souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy. I desire that these souls distinguish themselves by boundless trust in My mercy. I myself will attend to the sanctification of such souls. I will provide them with everything they will need to attain sanctity. The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is -- trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much.” [verbatim excerpts from the diary of St Faustina]
Most profoundly He went on to say, “My gaze from this Image is like My gaze from the Cross”.
The Meaning of the
Divine Mercy image and message
The image itself and its meaning are arguably the most profound message of hope and salvation since the penning of the Gospels themselves. There is urgency in Christ’s impassioned plea and an exuberance of expression that stirs even the most still waters of the soul. There is in every word of His message such an elated outpouring of love, compassion, mercy that it is not hard to relate to the young Sister’s overwhelming emotional response. Who among us could stand unyielding before Jesus in this life as He lobbied with incomprehensible love and compassion for our souls, for our salvation, in earnest supplication to bring us to repentance and acceptance of His mercy and grace that He might share and spend eternity with us? He does this not for His sake, but for ours. He is Lord – He wants for nothing. But he is Lord and that means that He is Love Incarnate, Love Eternal. And as such, every soul is of incalculable, incomparable worth to Him.
His message is astonishingly humanizing of the personage of Jesus in its delivery. He became incarnate of His virgin mother and came into the world – He was a man. He became God in Man. He died Lord or All, the Lamb of God. He rose in divine kingship – His absolute divinity and authority realized utterly and in its entirely in His Resurrection. The Gospel accounts of Him record His life as a man but they capture the words of one wholly divine and possess a sublime otherworldly eloquence and profundity. He is at once ethereal and corporal. But in His interaction with the young Sister Faustina is one of pure empathy – He is entirely aware of her frailty in his overwhelming presence and addresses her with such gentle tenderness that His universal love for all Man radiates from every word He speaks and is palpable even in words on paper. Who could not be Kingdom-hearted after reading such a message? A message so suffused with matchless love and superlative mercy.
Mercy is the message.
Christ reaches out with all of the love He bore for Man as He hung – agonized and brutalized – on the cross. ThisCalvarylove – this love that knows no containment or perimeter – is freely offered to every living soul. Freely, without price, without strings attached, without condition. HisCalvarylove is mercy and grace united and personified in the person, the godhead of Jesus, whose singular longing is to flood the world with His love.
Praise Jesus in His inexpressibly depthless love! We are free! We are saved!
Imagine how the world would change if every living soul on the planet were given the opportunity to encounter the fullness of Christ’s Calvary love through the Divine Mercy image! What knee could remain unbent? What head could remain unbowed? The Kingdom would be realized throughout the earth! Imagine if criminals in maximum security prisons were brought to the altar of this magnificent image of mercy and love and spent 5 minutes with someone who could present the Divine Mercy message and its resultant offering of salvation and forgiveness! Hard-heartedness would crumble before its sovereignty; grace and mercy would rush in. Imagine if dictators, war-mongers and drug lords could be exposed to the divinity of the red and pale rays radiating from the breast of the Risen Lamb! Imagine if defilers of children and women, cartels propagating the drug trade, and traffickers of slaves and prostitutes could be brought to Jesus’ divine mercy through this Heavenly-inspired image and its astounding message of hope, forgiveness and salvation! Satan would recoil from the torrent of Calvary love deluging the world at such velocity that we would no doubt feel the earth tremble as he stumbled and fell.
If we were to share the image and message of the Divine Mercy with every living being within our own tiny sphere of existence and experience and influence and they did the same – Christ would reclaim the world within a day!
We must bring this life-saving, life-giving, life-restoring image and its message to any- and everyone who will listen to us. We must hang it in our homes, give it to our loved ones, those we wish to bring to Christ, and the seeking, the lost, the defiant, the curious – those separated from the salvific grace of His divine mercy and love. We are all of us sinners – to a man. Not one of us is righteous. Not one of us justified. Only through Christ can we be cleansed and reconciled to our Father in Heaven through His ultimate atonement – through His divine mercy – through grace.
I urge you all to prayer – that this image and its message may change the hearts of all who gaze upon it, that the gaze of unimaginable love returned by Christ penetrates even the most hardened heart.
I urge you all to action, to do all you can to bring this miracle of Calvary love offered through the Divine Mercy image and its message to as many people as you possibly can.
We have the power to make Satan stumble – even tremble! – as he watches helplessly the unstoppable firestorm of Calvary love sweeping across the globe.
All it takes is to accept Jesus’ freely offered grace – to ‘trust boundlessly’, making straight the path for us back to our Father in Heaven and everlasting life.
Become a part of the Divine Mercy revolution today – you have nothing to lose but death, sin and separation from God – and an entire Kingdom to gain!
Merciful Jesus, embolden and inspire us to adoration of your Sacred Heart and motivate us to action, that we may spread your Calvary love throughout the entire world through your wondrous image of Divine Mercy. Bathe us in your love and your light and make our trust in You the vessel of your grace and mercy. Amen!
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