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A Bedside 'Prescription' for the Sick and Dying

Jesus Gave Us a Prayer and Image So We May Help Souls

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By Jay Hastings

Doctors have been known to tell the sick and dying that there is nothing else that can be done for them. Nothing else? There's nothing further from the truth.

We can do something for them. We can give them the image of The Divine Mercy (the easiest way is in the form of a prayercard) and we can pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy for them, as our Lord instructed. After all, even if someone's days on earth may be few, there's heaven to consider. We need to do what we can to get them into heaven!

As for the image of The Divine Mercy, our Lord instructed St. Faustina to have it painted with the words "Jesus, I Trust in You" at the bottom. The Lord provided this image as a vessel of grace for us. He told St. Faustina: "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" (Diary of St. Faustina, 48).

As for the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, Jesus told St. Faustina: "My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying this chaplet. When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one. ... Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior" (Diary, 1541).

To uphold the dignity of every human being, we can pray the chaplet for the divine intervention in the life of every soul. We can pray for healing and for the trust, graces, and mercy necessary to prepare them for the journey through the valley of death. Our Lord promised such prayer will bear fruit. I know one thing: When He promises something, I'm sure going to listen and put His instructions into action.

I'd like to share with you a story of how our Divine Mercy prayer group recently used the Chaplet and the image as our Lord commanded.

One day, Fr. Peter (our parish priest) called our group to get people to join him at the hospital to pray the chaplet for a young woman. The woman was in the advanced stages of breast cancer.

Father Peter had given the young woman the Anointing of the Sick the day before. She was looking very sick and had a tube attached to her nose. Her family was present, and we proceeded to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. The young woman joined us in our prayers. As she lay in bed, she clutched the relic of St. Faustina that we had brought.

After we had finished praying the Chaplet, I decided to trust that our Lord would provide the right words to say to her. I explained to her about the image of The Divine Mercy and the promises our Lord attached to it. I explained how Jesus invites us to keep coming back to this image for strength in times of need, and how He invites us to pray the Chaplet to fill souls with peace.

Our prayer group watched as this young woman clutched the relic of St. Faustina and gazed into the image of The Divine Mercy. She did so with such a connection of spirit with the Almighty as to prepare her for the valley of death. It's a journey the young woman's grandmother had made years earlier. Words cannot express the moment we witnessed. The next morning, the young woman told her mother that her grandmother was there to see her.

As her mother turned to talk with her daughter, the young woman gently passed away. Her passing was a peaceful one.

Jay Hastings, of Bartlett, Tenn., is the founder of a growing group of Divine Mercy devotees who ensure that the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is being prayed every hour of the day. The 24-hour Chaplet members now consist of nearly 500 people from across the United States, as well as from Mexico, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Belize, India, and Iraq, who are assigned 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 people about to commit mortal sin. To join the 24-Hour Chaplet, contact Jay via e-mail, pj7772@msn.com or via phone, 901-438-7772.

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Clare - Oct 7, 2006

Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, Thank you for this article which is being read by so many people. It is very important to pray the Chaplet for the sick and the dying and to claim the Promise of Jesus.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is already being said by me thrice a day, in the morning (which is for general intentions or for a particular prayer- request.) Then again at 3 p.m. (The Hour of Great Mercy) in which my husband joins me and again at night, both the Chaplets are being offered up for the sick and the dying.
I would like to share with you one of my experiences where I have come in contact with a sick person. She was a young women who lived by the wayside, with a man whom she was not married to. She was constantly sick, very thin and very weak and seemed to be running down in her health. Then all of a sudden I did not see her and after nearly three weeks she was seen again at the same place. I asked her what happened to her and she said that she had a fall and had fractured her leg and was hospitalised. She said that she was not feeling too well and very weak. She also said that her life was not a good one and that she had no one. She said that she knew that she had offended God by the life she led. She used to go to Church but she said that she never went any more. I asked her if I could bring a Priest to her so that she can make her peace with God and immediately she brightened up and said 'yes'. So without waisting time I went to see a Priest gave him the details and he said he would do the needful. I started to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy especially for her, that she will make her peace with God and experience HIS Mercy. Two days later she expired and I know in my heart and I am fully convinced that Jesus has saved her through HIS Merciful Love, by her humble confession and her desire to see a Priest. I pray that many more people who are in need of God's healing touch will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, not only for themselves but for others as well. JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU...CLARE.


Leonard - Oct 8, 2006

My father was taken to the hospital on 5 July. He fell after becomming dizzy and or passing out. He was 78. He was sort of OK when admitted but afterwards his condition slowly deteriorated. We started to see him go in and out of a comma like state. I brought into him the Divine Mercy Picture. When he would come out of the comma, I would show him the Divine Mercy picture. He always prayed alot. You could see that he connected with the Divine Mercy Picture. On Thurs.13 July I went to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Mass and prayed for him. I got back late that night and got permission to see him for a awhile.
I also gave him my scapular to wear. The next day, Friday 14 July I got there about noon. He wasnt consciousness and I began to suspect his human life was at an end. I had said the Divine Chaplet many times in his room since his admission. 3 o'clock came and I knelt beside his bed and said the Divine Chaplet. My voice trembled and I cried but I made it through the Divine Chaplet. I asked Jesus to take him peacefully. But I prayed to Jesus saying "I know this is Your Holy Hour". "Please take him after Your Holy Hour." At 4:17 my dad quietly died.

Mabel Santos - Oct 17, 2006

Your stories motivated me to pray the Devine Mercy Chaplet daily

mary - Sep 7, 2007

praying unceasingly with faith with God,He will not abandon us.

David - Jun 1, 2012

Hi to all people of love and peace , my mother passed away form a long battle with cancer about six years ago I was the youngest of seven and my mother and i were very close she was a very pious woman she passed on her faith to me and the great gift of the "divine mercy", the morning before she died my father and my self went into the hospital chapel to pray before we went to her room as we were leaving the chapel I prompted to glance to my left and on the display board was a prayer card to the divine mercy , I saw Jesus on the card and picked it up took it to her room she was buy now close to death and in a coma I said it in her presence and she died peacefully about a half an hour after this . I believe that on that day I was prompted to see the divine prayer card by my guardian angel .