Nursing & The Divine Mercy in Action

As nurses, by performing our duties for our patients out of love for Jesus and for them, we become His very merciful presence, ministering His healing spiritually as well as caring for their physical needs. Nurturing a spirit of trust, prayer and mercy towards our patients and their families allows the Divine Physician to work through us, inspiring those who are suffering to trust in His mercy. This is the essence of the attitude of the Spirit of Mercy that God needs from us for His healing work. We carry Jesus, always present with us in our hearts, taking the tenderness and compassion of Jesus right to the souls of our patients.

"Be always merciful as I am merciful. Love everyone out of love for Me, even your greatest enemies, so that My mercy may be fully reflected in your heart." (1695) Diary

By commending their nursing duties to Jesus, The Divine Mercy and uniting their actions to the passion of Jesus, the nurses’ hands, when touching their patients, become Jesus’ hands and heal not only with their hands but through their hearts, turning their everyday patient care into deeds of mercy. By the nurse’s actions, both interior and exterior, they are fulfilling in their lives as nurses what Jesus asked of St.Faustina in The Divine Mercy devotion.

St. Faustina tells us of helping a patient (when she was in the hospital for treatment of tuberculosis and extremely ill herself):

"The doctor did not allow me to go to the chapel to attend the Passion Service, although I had a great desire for it; however, I prayed in my own room. Suddenly I heard the bell in the next room, and I went in and rendered a service to a seriously sick person. When I returned to my room, I suddenly saw the Lord Jesus, who said, "My daughter, you gave Me greater pleasure by rendering Me that service than if you had prayed for a long time." I answered, "But it was not to You, Jesus, but to that patient that I rendered this service." And the Lord answered me, "Yes, My daughter, but whatever you do for your neighbor, you do for Me." (1029) Diary

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