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Mother of Mercy Messengers

Can We Stay and Pray?

Divine Mercy message reaches parishes' youngest members.

Joan and Dave Maroney know how much influence children can have in invigorating the faith of a parish.

That's one reason why this couple known as "Mother of Mercy Messengers" (MOMM) usually makes presentations to a parish's youngest members first.

The kids are so beautiful," says Joan. "After they see us, they bring the message home, and they get mom and dad to come to the parish presentation."

The message MOMM delivers focuses on Divine Mercy — especially as recorded by St. Faustina in her Diary. These messages are dramatically reinforced by their use of the Divine Mercy image, the Shroud of Turin, and a statue of Mary Immaculate.

Students ask to pray

After a presentation at Guardian Angel School in Richmond, VA, Joan and Dave saw an immediate effect.

"My husband had planned to show the principal a copy of the Marians' Friends of Mercy newsletter," says Joan. The issue included an article about students in the Florida Keys meeting regularly after school to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

"As they were walking down the hall to the cafeteria for coffee," she continues, "a sixth-grader called her and asked, 'Do you think it would be possible for students to meet after school and pray the Chaplet?' Further down the hall, an eighth-grader approached her and whispered in her ear the same question."

The principal was already amazed. "But, before Dave and the principal reached the office to make a copy of the article, they were stopped again," says Joan. "A seventh-grader announced, 'We want to start a group. What do we do?'"

Children make great witnesses

Sometimes MOMM visits schools that already have begun this devotion.

At St. Ann School in Hornell, NY, a Divine Mercy group was praying for MOMM's upcoming visit to their parish. But the students didn't stop there. As another deed of mercy, they gave MOMM $500 for travel expenses. "The kids raised the money from doughnut sales," says Joan. "They were a great witness for their parish on many levels."

Their schoolmates benefitted from the MOMM visit, too. "At the school program, we quoted from the Diary of St. Faustina about meeting Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation," says Joan. "Our Lord emphasized to St. Faustina, 'I'm really there in the confessional.'"

A priest offered to hear the confessions of those students who had already made their first confession, and the majority stayed for the sacrament.