Home / News & Events

911 to The Divine Mercy

In Need of God's Goodness and Mercy!

Print this story

Share on Facebook

Share on Twitter

Comments

By Jay Hastings (Jan 2, 2008)
One member of our Divine Mercy prayer group has a daughter-in-law named Brandie. Brandie isn't Catholic, but she married a practicing Catholic.

As her story goes, she was at home one night, sitting in front of her fireplace, and she was reading a best-selling book. This best-selling book had many falsehoods and blasphemed the Blessed Mother many times over. In short, it was very offensive.

Brandie had dosed off while reading the book, and in her dreams she saw the framed pictures of her family on the wood mantle spinning and shaking. Then, in her dreams, she found herself eyeball to eyeball with the devil.

Frightened and scared, she remembered what her mother had taught her to do when caught in a fearful situation. Brandie called Jesus' name and called upon Him to free her from this dream encounter. Brandie then woke up, terrified and visibly shaken. The trauma of seeing the devil eye to eye was distressing. She never wanted to experience that again. She called her mother-in-law and asked her about that best-selling book. She asked her mother-in-law to read it and tell her what she thought.

In the Book of Ephesians, St. Paul writes, "Draw your strength from the Lord and from His Mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with evil spirits in the heavens" (6:10-12).

After reading the book, Brandie's mother-in-law called me and told me about it. We came to the conclusion that we should destroy this book and get an image of The Divine Mercy in her house. She agreed to destroy the book, and we gave her an 8x10-inch image of The Divine Mercy so she would have this vessel of grace in her house.

Jesus told St. Faustina, "I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I myself will defend it as My own glory" (Diary, 47-8).

He later said, "I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: 'Jesus, I trust in You' " (Diary, 327).

Brandie also wanted to get her house blessed and thought this would be an excellent time to do so. So we called my spiritual director, Fr. Mike, and explained everything to him. He was glad to go and bless her house. We brought our 1st-class relic of St. Faustina there, and Brandie held it as we prayed a Chaplet of The Divine Mercy for her and her family.

In her Diary, St. Faustina writes:

Satan has admitted to me that I am the object of his hatred. He said that "a thousand souls do me less harm than you do when you speak of the great mercy of the Almighty One. The greatest sinners regain confidence and return to God , and I lose everything. But what is more, you persecute me personally with that unfathomable mercy of the Almighty One." I took note of the great hatred Satan has for the mercy of God. He does not want to acknowledge that God is good. (1167)

As I write these words, I hear the cry of Satan: "She's writing everything, she's writing everything, and because of this we are losing so much! Do not write about the goodness of God; He is just!" And howling with fury, he vanished. (1338)



While we were in Brandie's home it was obvious the Holy Spirit was with us. Brandie is now going to be reading the Diary and is very open to God's message of mercy for her and her family.

In her Diary, St. Faustina writes:

Praise God's goodness and Mercy!! No more bad dreams, for the Lord of mercy is here. When a soul praises My goodness, Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell. (378)



Jay Hastings, of Bartlett, Tenn., is the founder of a growing group of Divine Mercy devotees who ensures that the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is being prayed every hour of the day. Volunteers choose an hour each day in which to pray. They pray for three things: the promotion of the Divine Mercy devotion; the sick and dying in the hour that you pray; and for people about to commit mortal sin. The 24-Hour Chaplet members now consist of more than 700 people in 19 countries. To join the 24-Hour Chaplet, contact Jay via e-mail, pj7772@msn.com, or via phone, 901-438-7772.

Print this story

Share on Facebook

Share on Twitter

Comments

Be a part of the discussion. Add a comment now!

donna .e. - Jan 2, 2008

The most powerful thing on earth is prayer to God. The very act of praying is like atomic in its affect on the demonic side- they freak and run! Praise God! Everytime I walk by my divine mercy framed placard i purposely say it outloud most of the time "Jesus, I trust in you"! and i know in my heart that a) Jesus hears me and b) so does the other side! Praise God! Automatically we are covered, protected from all harm and they run back to hell and hide from the light. Praise God!

A work of Divine Mercy - Jan 5, 2008

All praise and glory be to GOD'S infinite love and mercy and the loving tenderness of our Holy Mother. May They grant us the grace & courage through the Holy Spirit to share His mercy; and to seek and recognize those most in need. I recently had to make a decision on selecting the ministry I wanted to train for: Eucharistic ministry,lector,jail ministry, etc. I adore my LORD in the Eucharist, but I feel that He is calling me to jail/prison ministry. I volunteer as a CASA(court appointed special advocate for abused children), and in this work I have seen the love that these children have for their parent(s). Although I would feel safer in Church as a Eucharistic minister, I know deep in my heart that GOD is asking me to trust Him and surrender myself to His Divine Will. The day I went to register for the jail ministry training, the receptionist tried her best to scare me out of my choice by saying, "it's too dangerous." For a moment I lost my courage and thought of changing my choice, but then I felt in my heart that I needed to trust GOD. Pray for our perseverance in sharing His mercy in whatever form it may be.

InSpirit~Walking with Jesus! - Jan 7, 2008

PRAISE JESUS! Yes, so true to pled for God's armor and protection...it seems that FEAR is there to keep us from sharing his word and promises but we must truly TRUST and BELIEVE! The Lord is with us each second of our day....love and praise him is may NEW YEAR's Resolution in every moment of may day! Join me in prayer as I have come to a two way street in my career and must follow God's guidance and do may work for his glory! That I may be srtenghtened to do this will. Amen