Praying the Chaplet for Pro-life Causes
"Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy" (Diary, 300).
The entire world is convulsing in an atmosphere of catastrophic peril. We live in a collage of terrorism, religious division, plague, famine, war, pornography, homosexuality, abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, and moral indifference; human cloning is on the horizon.
As a human race, we have hardened our hearts to the authority of God. We have rejected His laws and replaced them with our own, and we must act to restore God's authority over His creation and melt our hardened hearts.
On March 25, 2003, the Feast of the Incarnation of Christ in the womb of Our Blessed Mother, the Holy Father personally signed and granted to Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy a special Apostolic Blessing. Pope John Paul II encourages the whole world to join with all Eucharistic Apostles in recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet to "avoid Divine Chastisement," and to eradicate the "culture of death" throughout the world.
This "universal call to mercy" takes on monumental importance in fulfilling the mandate of Jesus Christ to St. Faustina. Our Lord told her that, "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy" (Diary, 300). The timing of the Papal Blessing is apparent to those who realize that we live in a world in desperate need of God's Mercy. Christ Himself dictated the Divine Mercy Chaplet to St. Faustina as a prayer to God the Father; it is a Eucharistic prayer that mitigates God's anger. We know from Sacred Scripture that Christ never forgave an unrepentant sinner, and we must ask for mercy humbly and obediently.
The Holy Father wrote in the encyclical The Mercy of God, "The Church proclaims the truth of God's mercy revealed in the crucified and risen Christ, and she professes it in various ways. Furthermore, she seeks to practice mercy towards mercy through people, and she sees in this an indispensable condition for solicitude for a better and 'more human' world, today and tomorrow. However, at no time and in no historical period — especially at a moment as critical as our own — can the Church forget the prayer that is a cry for the mercy of God amid the many forms of evil which weigh upon humanity and threaten it" (Dives in Misericordia, VIII, Para 15).
When we approach our loving Father in obedience and offer the merits of His Son's bitter Passion and death for our sins, He responds with an outpouring of grace. We have within our grasp the means of effectuating a great Miracle of Divine Mercy for the entire world. We must cooperate as a human race with the Divine Will of Our Father and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as often as our station in life permits.
Our Lord told St. Faustina, "Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy" (Diary, 687).
"The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive."
We must cooperate, and we must act; the outcome of this "Universal Call to Mercy" will be a great change of hearts in all of humanity. "A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances" (Ez 36:26-7). For it is in the heart where change must take place, and it is through trust in God that this action will take place. When we, as a human race, reach out to God with "childlike trust," He will respond because He has promised us this that He would. Our Lord told St. Faustina, "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" (Diary, 1578).
We are currently engaged in a spiritual battle for the hearts and souls of every person on earth. Our mission, like St. Faustina's, is God and souls. We will either live in a pagan world completely devoid of God and His authority, or we will live in a world where the Judeo-Christian ethic is the basis of moral and legal authority. As a nation, we have already seen the initial and gradual divorce of our society from anything that is of God. We need to act and address the issue, and the time to do so is now.
We ask that you assist our efforts and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at least once daily; pray it with childlike trust for all your intentions, and also for mothers contemplating abortion, the infants dying in the wombs, victims of euthanasia, stem cell research, cloning, and for a change in the hearts of our elected political leaders.
Prayer cards with the pro-life Papal Blessing on the front and the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the reverse can be ordered (code PLPC) online or by calling the Marian Helpers at 1-800-462-7426.