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With the message of Divine Mercy, God is calling all of us back from darkness.
Cancer, Chemo and the Mercy of God
By Jay Hastings (Sep 20, 2007)
Her name is Regina. She came to our prayer group by way of her mother who knew a member of our group. Regina had a grapefruit-size tumor in her lung too close to her heart for surgery. She also had lymphoma. She had undergone chemotherapy, which removed half of the growth. As she was going through more treatment, she visited us for the purpose of being prayed over. Her request was to have us pray a special Chaplet of The Divine Mercy for healing and God's will in her life as she held our 1st-Class Relic of St. Faustina.
Her road was difficult, and before she was to continue with her treatments, she wanted to ask for God's mercy through St Faustina.
Our Lord once told St. Faustina, "My kingdom on earth is My life in the human soul. Write, My secretary, that I Myself am the spiritual guide of souls — and I guide them indirectly through the priest, and lead each one to sanctity by a road known to Me alone" (Diary of St. Faustina, 1784).
As Regina held the relic on her lung, her mother and other members of the prayer group prayed the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, trusting and hoping for healing.
We, in our Divine Mercy prayer group, often receive requests for such prayers. We explain to people that God can heal us physically and spiritually. But sometimes providing physical healing is not God's will. Sometimes He chooses physical ailments to be the cross we bear. Still, in such instances, when we seek His mercy, He is always there, giving us the graces and strength we need.
At one point in her Diary, St. Faustina records Jesus' words to a suffering soul:
... there is no way to heaven except the way of the cross. I followed it first. You must learn that it is the shortest way. ... I am giving you a share in those sufferings because of My special love for you and in view of the high degree of holiness I am intending for you in Heaven. A suffering soul is closer to My heart. (1487)
At another point in her Diary, St. Faustina records our Lord's words, " My daughter, do not be afraid of what will happen to you. I will give you nothing beyond your strength. You know the power of My grace; let that be enough (1491).
She later wrote, "But it is You Jesus, stretched out on the cross, who give me strength and are always close to the suffering soul. Creatures will abandon a person in his suffering, but You, O Lord, are faithful" (1508).
I suppose that is why we should never try to get consolation from a person — but rather, seek it from God.
That Diary entry was soon followed with this one: "Today, during Mass, I saw the Lord Jesus in the midst of His sufferings, as though dying on the cross. He said to me, My daughter, meditate frequently on the sufferings which I have undergone for your sake, and then nothing of what you suffer for Me will seem great to you. You please Me most when you meditate on My Sorrowful Passion. Join your little sufferings to My Sorrowful Passion, so that they may have infinite value before My majesty (1512).
After we parted ways with Regina, we later heard back from her. Not only was the tumor in her lung gone, but the Lymphoma as well. Everything was gone!
The doctors told her to not have children for a while, but she did get pregnant and has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl. We continually praise God's goodness and mercy.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; in all your ways be mindful of Him, and he will make straight your paths" (Prov 3:5-6).
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 more than 600 people from across the United States, as well as from Mexico, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Belize, India, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.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, firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone, 901-438-7772.