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Fred Berretta, with his wife, Liz, and their children, Jonathan, 14, Evan, 13, Lauren, 9, and Benjamin, 7. After Fred was pulled to safety aboard a ferry boat, he called his wife back home in Charlotte and said, "I'm doing OK." She responded, "That's great. I'm doing OK, too." She didn't yet know about Flight 1549. "I had to explain how the plane just crashed into the Hudson River," Fred recalls with a laugh.

By Felix Carroll (Sep 9, 2016)
The Clint Eastwood film Sully opens in theaters today. It tells the story of the Jan. 15, 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" and Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who made the historic emergency water landing on the Hudson River. We thought we should share with you again how the Divine Mercy was present on the plane that fateful day.

A banker on a business trip in New York City, Fred Berretta had just checked into his hotel room. He had about 20 minutes down time before he had to meet his colleagues.

For some reason he decided to clean out his briefcase, something he hadn't done in a long time. As he emptied it out, he came across a booklet he had stuffed into a pocket years ago on praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. He recalls having prayed it a few times years ago. But by Jan. 15, 2009, it was a good intention mislaid — among spreadsheets and quarterly reports and matters that seemed far more pressing.

Only two weeks prior, Fred had made a New Year's resolution to try to get into better spiritual shape. Here in this hotel room was an opportunity to fulfill it. So he followed along in the booklet and prayed the chaplet, a prayer our Lord gave to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s during a series of revelations that have sparked the modern Divine Mercy movement.

The time happened to be 3 o'clock, known as the Hour of Great Mercy, when Jesus died on the cross. Fred would consider that detail the following day — as he was preparing to die.

He would be among the 155 people to board a jet airliner at LaGuardia Airport bound for Charlotte, N.C., his home town. Ninety seconds after takeoff, the jet would apparently hit a flock of geese, the engines would explode, and the plane would lose power at 3,200 feet. The aircraft would be out of reach from any airfield. It would lose thrust and altitude. Everything would become eerily quiet. Fred would cinch his seatbelt. His left hand would clutch the armrest, his heart would race, his face would be flush.

He would think about his family — his wife and four young children. He would think about God, about death, about trust, about an extraordinary promise made by Jesus that he read the previous day in that booklet.

"Prepare for impact," the pilot would say over the PA system.

What was the promise? Suddenly, it would come to him, the last passage he read before heading off to his meeting. Jesus said to St. Faustina, "This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary of St. Faustina, 1320).

As the ground surged into view, Fred would look at his watch. It would be 3:30, the Hour of Great Mercy!

"I prayed with every fiber of emotion and sincerity I could muster, 'God, please be merciful to us,'" Fred would recall two weeks later.

'Miracle on the Hudson'?
You've probably heard about the crash landing of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on Jan. 15. No one was seriously injured. Politicians and news anchors quickly dubbed it the "Miracle on the Hudson." In the history of aviation no jet airliner had ever made an emergency landing on water without casualties.

Then, there were the news images of a US Airways Airbus floating gently down the frigid Hudson, like some sort of breaching, people-friendly, aquatic creature. The passengers stood on its wings, calmly awaiting rescue. Amidst all the news of economic collapse, of tens of thousands of layoffs on a weekly basis, of families in peril, of a reckoning at hand for a culture of greed, this plane, these passengers, its pilot, all served as a sort of restorative balm on our nation's collective conscious.

The story made you gasp, gulp hard, smile widely, and be thankful. Thankful for what? For good news. For heroes in the pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, and the rest of the crew. Thankful in the knowledge that in the panic-filled moments when the plane lurched to a stop it wasn't every man and woman for himself or herself. Thankful that humanity's better nature was on display. Thankful the incident wasn't terrorist-related, but apparently geese-related. Thankful that a guy like Fred Berretta, 41, would live to walk through the door of his home once again, hug his wife and children, and make sure they knew he loved them — that he always had and that he always will.

Vinny Flynn who?
For devotees of Divine Mercy, Flight 1549 serves as further proof that the Lord keeps His promises.

We may never have learned Fred Berretta's story if it weren't for Vinny Flynn. Following the crash, Fred felt compelled to send an email of thanks to Vinny, the former executive editor at the Marian Helpers Center, in Stockbridge, Mass. Though Vinny and his family are seen daily at 3 p.m. (EST) on EWTN singing the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Fred had never heard of Vinny until about two hours before he boarded Flight 1549.

Following morning meetings on Jan. 15, Fred found himself in the unusual position of having some free time on a business trip. It was noon. He stepped inside Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral. He stayed for the 12 p.m. Mass. Afterwards, he went into St. Patrick's gift shop. A book caught his eye — Vinny's 7 Secrets of the Eucharist (Mercy Song Ignatius, 2006), which, with citations from St. Faustina's Diary, gives a greater understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist. Fred also purchased a St. Michael's scapular.

In an interview with thedivinemercy.org this week, Fred explained what happened next:

"I got into a cab and went to the airport," he said. "My flight was delayed about 15 minutes, so I sat there and started reading Vinny's book. I was really taken by it. I boarded the plane and continued to read. Just as we were rolling out for takeoff, I put the book away and closed my eyes and began to reflect on what I had been reading. Then, I heard the impact, then the explosion, and the plane shook violently. I was sitting in seat 16A, which is behind the wing. I could see smoke coming out of the left engine. You could smell the jet fuel."

As soon as Fred, a private pilot, realized the second engine was also not functioning, he became tense, like everyone else around him.

He heard some cries from the cabin.

"Some of us looked at each other," he said. "There was nothing to be said. I knew that the only thing I could do was pray."

A Resolution
These were the other things he knew: This sleek, high performance jet airliner had suddenly and irreversibly become a 73-ton glider sinking fast above one of the nation's most densely populated regions. It would touch down somewhere, somehow, very soon, at a speed of about 120 mph. The chances of survival were almost nil.

He thought about his family, how hard his death would be on them. Indeed, that was the most painful part of the experience for him, his concern for them.

He thought about the very thing all these years that seemed to stand in the way of growing deeper in his faith. It came down to this: trust. He didn't have much. Ever. He had once fancied himself among the titans of commerce. He once trusted that money would bring security and peace of mind. This flight wasn't the thing that taught him otherwise. Rather, it was this past year. The bottom fell out of the economy, and with it, much of Fred's savings of the last 20 years.

By Christmas, the self-described "half-hearted Catholic" knew in his heart the only security in the world is the security found in God, which led to his New Year's resolution; which led to him praying the chaplet in a hotel room; which led him to buy Vinny's book; which led him to close his eyes in seat 16A, his trajectory heavenward, and reflect upon how God is real and He loves us and that He wants us to turn to Him in trust.

Which is exactly what Fred did when he suddenly realized it was the Hour of Great Mercy and he would probably be dead in a matter of seconds. He trusted, truly, for the first time.

All these fragments of thought seemed to piece themselves into place. The plane was going down, yet everything was making sense. He admits he was in shock. But he also felt at peace, a deep peace. God had allowed him to find the Divine Mercy booklet in his briefcase. God had steered him to Vinny's book. God did all this, he thought, to prepare him for death.

He hunched over in his seat to brace for impact. He prayed for God's mercy. Then he prayed two Hail Marys and one Our Father. He made it halfway though a prayer to St. Michael, the archangel, when the plane hit the water, came to a stop, and bobbed up and down like a toy in a kiddy pool.

'True Peace'
"Under the most precarious situations I could ever imagine," says Fred, "God taught me what true peace is all about — that it's found in accepting God's will. That we must try our best in this life, but not sweat the small stuff, and hand control over to God."

One more thing to mention. A couple weeks before the flight, Fred had prayed the Rosary for the first time in years. He had recently learned of the 15 promises that, as legend has it, the Virgin Mary made to St. Dominic and Blessed Alanus to all who pray the Rosary with a faithful heart. Fred remembers thinking at the time, "Are those promises real?" He feels he recently received his answer.

"I still have my boarding pass from the flight," Fred said this week, "and I couldn't help but to notice all the 15s associated with the flight. We left on Jan. 15, from gate 15. It was Flight 1549, with 155 passengers. Also, it took off during the 15th hour, by military time, which is what the world of aviation uses. I smiled when it hit me later. There was my answer right there."

He's vowed to embrace the Eucharist, thanks to Vinny; the Rosary, thanks to all those 15s; and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, thanks to that booklet.

God was doing more than preparing him for death: God was preparing him for life.

This story is also retold in Marian Press' Loved, Lost, Found: 17 Divine Mercy Conversion Stories by Felix Carroll.

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Mary Kay Volpone, Marian Helpers Center - Feb 4, 2009

Fabulous article! Thank you, Fred, for sharing your story. I hope others will be moved by the "God-incidences" in your experience to see God's mercy in our every day lives. May Our Lady of Mercy intercede for you and your family with Her Son Jesus - The Divine Mercy.

A Servant of Jesus and Mary - Feb 4, 2009

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever.

"God taught me what true peace is all about — that it's found in accepting God's will. That we must try our best in this life, but not sweat the small stuff, and hand control over to God."

May we all grow in this virtue - acceptance, amen.

Grateful - Feb 5, 2009

All glory be to God Almighty!
How wonderful is His Love and Mercy!

Believer - Feb 5, 2009

God prods us all through our life trying to get us to 'get it' like he finally did. Ask and you shall recieve, knock and it will be opened to you. For all those still sceptical, just trust and listen. You'll be plesantly surprised, even shocked.

Mike Rizzio, SOLT - Feb 5, 2009

Thanks for this inspiring article that brought me back to recall two USAir flights from winter of last year and the circling of Manhattan on the way back to Charlotte. Turning south to fly over the Hudson I remember the thought of riding on the divide between NY and NJ. Little did I know that this imaginary line would become a runway for a Miracle of Mercy.

I too had a Divine Mercy miracle at 3 pm way back on April 16, 1998. On that fateful day I received three gifts, my faith, a new religious family (SOLT) and a first encounter with the woman who would soon be my wife (whose voice introduced me to the Chaplet).

No one will ever be convince me otherwise—God is Mercy.

No one can fathom the depth of Divine Providence, but by believing in Divine Mercy we are able to live in the Truth of an abundant life in and for Christ.

That is the lesson of the Miracle on the Hudson.

Kathleen O'Leary - Feb 5, 2009

I to say the Divine Mercey Chaplet everyday at 3pm...I made a copy of the story and will pass it around...Truly we Have a Merciful God...I love him so...Thank you for sharing the Story I also purchased the Book...

Agatha - Feb 5 2005. Feast of St. Agatha - Feb 5, 2009

Thanks for the proclamation of God's mercy. Divine Mercy is the very essence of our being. We were created in mercy, redeemed in mercy and get eternal salvation in mercy. Divine Love and Mercy never fails.

Robert Allard, Director, Apostles of Divine Mercy - Feb 5, 2009

For those of you that would like to meet Fred Berretta in person and hear his testimony in public for the first time, Fred will be at the Divine Mercy Conference in Orlando on February 21st at the Queen of the Universe Shrine. To register go to www.mercysunday.com

Marge - Feb 5, 2009

A great story. When I watched the evening news on January 15 and heard the story of Flight 1549, I was struck by the hour at which it happened. I turned to my 16-yr old daughter and reminded her that we were praying the Mercy Chaplet at just that moment! We do not always have a chance to pray during the the Mercy Hour; that day it was the prompting of grace. Praise God!

Loretta - Feb 5, 2009

Glory to God. I too love the chaplet. Thank you for sharing.

Mary - Feb 5, 2009

One of my favorite sayings is,"Co-incidence is God's way of remaining Anonymous". Jesus I Trust In You, I Believe In You and I Love You With All My Heart, Amen. Thank-you Fred for sharing this truly Miraculous story. What a Blessing our Faith IS!!!

Anne in CT - Feb 5, 2009

As soon as we heard about the crash landing and that everyone was going to be fine, my brother & I realized it happened during the Hour of Mercy. We attributed the miracle to that fact and now this article has confirmed it.

Kathy in Ct - Feb 5, 2009

I KNEW it..! We (Catholic faithful) all did. When I heard of the time of the crash, I said "That's Divine Mercy hour..!! This is God's MERCY!! This is God's MERCY!!!".
Thank You Thank You, Jesus!!!

Sandy - Feb 5, 2009

We all knew God had a big part in saving the lives of everyone on Flight 1549.

You are going to be a great witness to his love and Divine Mercy.

Judy - Feb 5, 2009

The first thing that hit me when I saw the pictures of the people standing on the wings of the plane was that, from above, it was a floating cross...How fitting.

Skeptic - Feb 5, 2009

How come this event was a miracle requiring God's intervention when we have an entire catalog of air plane events and fatalities that seem to be overlooked by Him (http://www.planecrashinfo.com/recent.htm)? It doesn't take long to add up the numbers to arrive at a total that exceeds 155 people. So is God only interested in getting attention for saving the big planes vs. the little planes? Or did those people not pray hard enough which prevented them from getting God's extra dose of mercy that the New York flight received?

I know, I know.....God works in mysterious ways.

kaymom15 - Feb 5, 2009

It seems that God helps those who trust in Him. The saying "God helps those
who help themselves" is simply not true.
God helps those who abandom themselves to Him. That doesn't mean we quit working. It means we do out best and
trust that God will do the rest.

Pavel - Feb 5, 2009

@ Skeptic:

Christ hasn't ordered this present world so that everything that frightens and dismays us has been abolished, including airplane disasters. He submitted Himself to the pain and sorrow that we all meet with.

I don't know if the present article describes a miracle, but God sends signs which display His presence and His power. He lets us work out our salvation in the freedom to love or not to love, because he wants us to be His friends, not automatons.

But if you bothered to read this article it probably means that you're searching.

teresa - Feb 5, 2009

MERCY is His Name! What a wonderful testimony. That afternoon and now I have cried,and thanked God for His great Love,a love we will never comprehend! One news person had stated it was a miracle to give us peace. I believe his words were knowledge....knowledge of a God who manifests Himself when we most need Him, a God who shows His presence when we doubt it, a God who heals and consoles His people when we most need to be healed! Fred may He continue to use you and your family. Pray for a Pauline conversion for our leaders! They need a shift from their own doings!

GRACE REYES - Feb 5, 2009

Greatest news for the world . Thank you
for sharing such a hpeful story and if the only know all about the rosary and devine mercy chaplet.
Praise love and thanking god at every moment we can remember.

Freda - Feb 5, 2009

Wow. A friend sent me this article because I was musing just this morning about whether there was a religious meaning to this event. When I first saw the report on the news in January, I thought of it as a hoped-for metaphor for our country's ills. Playing opposite the terrible economic news, particularly, I saw this a lesson: that a well-educated and experienced pilot doing the best professional job that he could do, along with professional and amateur rescuers doing the very best job they could do, kept the plane afloat in time to rescue the passengers. Others said "it's a miracle" but I wasn't so sure. Still, I thought it was a wonderful picture of what our country could do to survive a sinking economy -- if we all pulled together, did our professional best, and did the right thing by one another. Just this morning I happened to think about the question again (just as I was learning that the pilot also happens to be personally honest and ethica!l -- truly a plug for the Ten Commandments -- in the midst of all the other news stories about tax cheating in Washington). As I remembered the picture of the passengers on the airplane wings, It occurred to me that the airplane itself is in the shape of a cross-- a cross which the passengers trusted to stand upon and which floated long enough to save all aboard. After reading this biographical account, and as a lover of the Divine Mercy myeself, I am thoroughly convinced and "on board". May God bless all who read this article -- and may everyone read it. Thank you so much. Freda

JOENE ARRITOLA - Feb 5, 2009

A lot of people want to see a "miracle" as some kind of proof of God. Well, I truly believe that this was a miracle - God's hand was very evident. And thank God for His Divine Mercy. "Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in you." And I do - thank God.

Deb in Tucson - Feb 5, 2009

Thank God that His mercy endures forever!
The 'Miracle on the Hudson' is, of course, quite easy for God. (After all, He is God.) Getting His creatures to recognize His truth, believe in His divine providence, seek His holy grace, trust in Him, and persevere, that is the real miracle of His mercy. That and His enduring patience with us!
Deo gratias (Thanks be to God)

Virginia Creado - Feb 5, 2009

Thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony. "JESUS I TRUST IN YOU"

Loretta - Feb 5, 2009

Wonderful witness to Our Lord's infinite mercy and tender love !! I will e-mail your story to family and friends, Fred, and thank you for sharing it !!

Nancy Ellen - Feb 5, 2009

Once the Lord touches your whole being, you are never the same....only better. The Divine Chaplet came alive a few times for our family; absolute astonishment no matter how deep your faith is rooted. God Bless for sharing this story. Is everyone listening????

Matt - Feb 5, 2009

Praise be God! His mercy is endless! I pray for all of you! May God Bless You! Thanks for sharing the good news Fred! It's just what I and everybody needs to hear!

Margaret Porto - Feb 5, 2009

How Great is our God. How Great is our God. How Great is our God.
Thank you for your testimony of how our Dear Lord and Saviour loves His children.
How can we ever doubt after such a great crowd of witnesses on that flight.
May God continue to use and touch hearts as He did mine while reading this great miracle. I wept with joy and profound amazement and thanksgiving.

God Bless and bless you all the days of your life.

In His Service,
Margaret

lesleyann - Feb 5, 2009

a heartwarming and wonderful story , thanku fred for letting us all in on it< what amazing events

Jim - Feb 5, 2009

What a beautiful and well-written story. Reading this article I knew there would be skeptics out there who would say: What about all the other plane crashes in history? Life will always have its sorrows and tragedies, but sometimes God reminds us that through Him all things are possible. It always comes down to that famous quote: "For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible. For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary."

Joe Cunningham, Society of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, www.saintgianna.org - Feb 5, 2009

May Jesus Christ be praised!
During the Hour of Power when we recall Our Lord dying on the Cross, a great gift is given to us on the Hudson River in chilly NYC. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world! Pax vobiscum. Joe C

mary - Feb 5, 2009

when i heard the special report about the plane I said Oh God now what, Got to give the pilot crdit for what he done to land the plane in icy water, am sure the mother of mercy was with all of them because they are all safe.praise god

Brian G - Feb 5, 2009

Wonderful story, and so true. Vinny Flynn is my cousin, and I don't see or talk to him nearly enough, and to be honest, I have been half-hearting the divine mercy chaplet and the rosary for years.....I think God is sending me a message with this story! Thanks for printing this!
God Bless You All!

A Wretch - Feb 5, 2009

I knew that someone or something special happened on that plane on that day for a reason, especially in New York. Of course it would all come down to "Divine Mercy"! Praise Jesus!!!
What an amazing story. I can't believe, I didn't realize the hour... but I did feel that God was absolutely merciful to everyone on that day. I knew that His Mercy was evident. I cannot believe I didn't think about the aspect of the cross and those people. I was too busy just being amazed by that photo and forgot the true symbolism. What a powerful sight....
God bless you Fred for listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and teaching me once again what it's all about -TRUST!!!

TCarole - Feb 5, 2009

Ash Wednesday is Feb 25th, the novina for Divine Mercy starts on Good Friday April 10th and Mercy Sunday is April 19th, Thousands will be in Stockbridge for Mercy Sunday. Fred, hope to see you there.

Chris Watson - Feb 5, 2009

As we say Have mercy on us and the whole world!!!

Kris - Feb 5, 2009

Love this story and all the many blessings revealed.Two days before this story hit the news, I decided to start reading a new book I found lying in my bedroom, it looked intriging, and is truly a life changing book. I was so amazed when I found it mentioned in the article "7 Secrets of the Eucharist", by Vinny Flynn.

John Manion - Feb 5, 2009

The Divine Mercy and the "I am Your Jesus of Mercy" messages have played a large and important part in awakening my renewal in Christ. Amen for His Hour of Mercy!
On the value of the Rosary, there was a WWII Canadian Airforce Squadron that prayed the Rosary on every flight training exercise and throughout their battle encounters. Theirs was the only squadron to complete their assignment without the loss of a single man or airplane. Thank God for His Mercy and Protection.

Lee - Feb 5, 2009

My husband and myself were on the island of Aruba..As my husband, slept in the warmth of the sun, he felt as if he was "flying" then awoke as he "hit" something...It was around 3:15 NY time,his brother called shortly there after to tell us a plane went down in the Hudson River not far from our sons' apartment..As the news of what happened became more apparent, I cried, because although the skill and behavior of all on board was heroic, I knew it was Jesus in his infinite mercy that made them survive the crash and that the news organizations should have mentioned the real "hero" in all that..God

awesome!!! - Feb 5, 2009

When I read this I cried all the way through. to think that Our Lord is so merciful that He would change the usual outacome of something like this because of one persons prayers!!!
I am sure that others were also praying but as Our Lord loves us all equally He mercy is multiplied.
Let us always remember to ask that God's Will be done in all things.
He always takes care of us, But we must ASK.

BILLy K - Feb 5, 2009

Thank You God the Father , SON, HOLY GHOST, BLESSED MOTHER, ST. JOSEPH, it could not have been done without You! This Man Saved the entire plane by His Faith, and Your Good Graces!Praise be JESUS in the Hour of this Great Mercy!

Isabelle - Feb 5, 2009

I have been saying Divine Mercy chaplet since 1980's and it is a MiRACLE at HIS Divine Hour .

linda - Feb 5, 2009

what a wonderful testimony of god's mercy. This is what we should read in our paper. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

LYDA-Feb. 5,2009 - Feb 5, 2009

What a beautiful testimonial to God's unfathomable love and mercy for His
children ! Miracles credited to our devotion to the Divine Mercy have been
numerous... all we need is TRUST in Him.
He will always come through for LYDAus.

Peace Through Divine Mercy Apostolate - NY - Feb 5, 2009

From 1993 until his death on November 16, 2005, Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Garmendia,was the greatest promoter of Divine Mercy in the Archdiocese of New York. The last few years of his life were lived as a victim soul calling down the mercy of God on New York and on the world. Those of us who were privileged to work with him in spreading the message of Divine Mercy realized that the graces of his life and work were evident in that hour of mercy when souls were rescued from the Hudson, just as they were when 25,000 people lived through 9/11.
Thank you for the touching article.

Patty Koch - Feb 5, 2009

On Dec. 27th I flew to LA - a couple of nights before I dreampt of a hugh flock of birds and a hugh condor. Fearful that birds would hit our plane - I, too, said the Chaplet of Divine Mercy several times during the flight praying for all flights. I believe in the Divine Mercy prayers and Chaplet with all my heart! You proved it with your prayers! God Bless the pilot, crew and all the passengers for receiving a miracle. Merciful Jesus - I trust in you!

Trust.......... - Feb 5, 2009

Trust.........is worship ! We trust Him
for who He is : Infinite Love ! We praise Him for the Fruits of His Love!
This story "builds us up" to the kind of
faith and trust that are needed NOW in these end times .

Father Harold Imamshah - Feb 5, 2009

in humility I say, "My Lord nd my God", thank you Fred for sharing your testimony of God's Mercy and my profound and deep admiration for Vinny Flynn and all of his family and the Congregationof the Marians of the Immaculate Conception."For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have Mercy on us and on the whole world.

Mike - Feb 5, 2009

My godson sent me this incredible story at a moment in my life when I felt all the world was caving in on me.

The story reminded me that it is not all about me, but rather all about HIM and how we MUST place all our faith, hope, love and trust in HIM!

We must let go and let God, somehow I thought I could have all the answers for me, for my family and my friends, and I cannot without HIS help. It was my ahha moment. Thank you for this story and yes oh yes I do believe God is alive and still works miracles we just all must let go and trust in His love for us.

QuoVadisAnima - Feb 5, 2009

@skeptic,

If airplanes routinely were saved from crashes and people did not die in them, then things like this would be the norm rather than miraculous.

Miracles by definition are supernatural - exceptions to the norm.

There is hardly space here to get into this subject, but at least consider that if God routinely saved people from the consequences of sin, people wouldn't take sin as seriously as it needs to be taken.

It's a lot like parents of kids with discipline problems having to employ tough love. It's not that they want to, but that their wayward & ever rebellious children force them into it.

Mia - Feb 5, 2009

I felt deep in my heart that events and happenings such as these occurred before and during this flight. This affirmation is truly faith inspiring. Thank you

Agatha Bobitka - Feb 5, 2009

I was thrilled to read this! It brought tears to my eyes, because I had just received an email of God's hands holding the airplane! I have great devotion to the Divine Mercy since 1982! When a friend told me about it..How great of the Lord!

Elsy Monroy - Feb 5, 2009

To the Barrettas': Praise God for having a spokesman on that plane. What the prayer of one can do: save 155 + people!! Please print this article and distribute. People need to hear and read that we do have power over evil through acceptance and surrender. Jesus loves you.

Maria P. Canada - Feb 5, 2009

Praise the Living God. While I was in the kitchen cooking, my husband came to tell me about the crash that he heard on the news. I looked at the time and thanked the Divine Mercy. We need to be in so much gratitude to the Lord. . God bless you Fred and thank you for your witness to this incredible miracle. Because of your love for your family and your fellow boarders, your remembered to ask the God of Love. This article reminds me of the Diary entry #1354: "When you hesitate in a situation, ask LOVE, It advises best". Thanks Marian Helpers for writing this beautiful article. How interesting that our cenacle lesson that week was on "The Hour of Great Mercy". Yes, it's a God-incidence.

Maria P. Canada - Feb 5, 2009

First of all I am sorry for not properly quoting #1354 in my previous comment correctly. It says "When I hesitate on how to act in some situations, I always ask Love. It advises best" is the proper quotation. Secondly, I would like to mention what I noted also: When Fred talks about all the 15s, a.) Fred read the 15 promises of the Rosary b.) And, I happen to notice that it was flight #1549. Diary entry #1549 is very near and dear to my heart for personal reasons which struck me of what the previous paragraph said in the article:
True Peace
"Under the most precarious situations I could ever imagine," says Fred, "God taught me what true peace is all about —that it's found in accepting God's will." Well, if you read entry #1549 it talks exactly about true happiness which is doing the will of God." (hope this makes sense). When you start with 1548 to 1550, hope it speaks to you. Blessings to all.........

Rosemary - Feb 5, 2009

Wow...what a great testimony to the Divine Mercy Chaplet (which I know to be very powerful). Isn't He awesome?

under the waves - Feb 5, 2009

Thank you for this article and thank you for the comments. I think I have been strengthened in the comments as much as the article. Sceptic brought up some good points which I am struggling to understand. I have been hit by a wave of many hurtful itmes and wondering also why the other planes weren't saved etc. In part of me I understand God's providence and in another I wonder what it takes to get His mercy. Today at the Adoration Chapel, I ask for a sign of His love for me and this article may be the answer.

Christy - Boston, MA - Feb 6, 2009

What a wonderful & uplifting story!! Thanks for printing it!

"God's Mercy Endures Forever"

faithful believer - Feb 6, 2009

Praise be to God, i too say the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3pm and God has shown HIs mercy and love always, thank you for sharing your story especially during these times of trouble

June - Feb 6, 2009

The story reminds me once again that I'm always underestimating God! I loved Fred's description of finally trusting God at what should have been the worst moment of his life. I have found this to be true - that God is there, if you turn to him when you are in trouble. Here's the thing: even if the trouble results from your own fault, and not (as in Fred's case on the plane) from circumstances beyond your control, God's mercy is no less.

Mary - Feb 6, 2009

Praise God ! How His works show us if we have eyes to see that He is right here with us ! That we are not alone and that He wants us for Himself. That because of this Great Mercy we have every grace and blessing. I read St Faustina's Diary nearly 6 years ago and had to me a miraculous conversion. There was nothing extraordinary but within a complete 180. Who can do that without Him ?
Thank you for sharing you story and God Bless you.

Jose - Feb 6, 2009

I heard from one of my Indian friends, the pilot also prayed the "Hail Mary...". I do believe that Jesus Christ still alive and He is near to those, who invoke His Mercy. Also I belive in the powerful intercession of, St.Mary, Our Blessed Mother In Heaven and when she intercedes for us, all the saints and heavely powers joins with her, because she is the Queen of heavens. Then Jeus take that prayers, covers with His blood and submit to His father and our Father in Heaven...Thank you Jeus and Mary for your care for us, the poor sinners...
"For He hides me away under His roof on the day of eveil, he folds in the recesses of His tent, sets me high on a Rock" Psalm 27:5

But it is sad all the medias make big stories about the wonderful landing but I did not hear they even once talked about the prayers made by some faithful!!

Claire - Feb 6, 2009

What a wonderful story, one you will not hear in the mainstream media. Fred was interviewed on Fox news last night, and I was very disappointed that he did not mention any of his incredible story during his interview. Why is that? Was it because Fox did not allow him to speak the truth, or was it his choice not to mention any of the religious aspects of the story? It is time to speak up for God, and this would have been a great chance to explain how faith and God's grace and mercy is what created this miricale on the Hudson!!!

Maria - Feb 6, 2009

Last year I was praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in my church at Divene Mercy sunday and I felt in my heart that Jesus was asking me for complete trust in him but in a different way this time more deep.All this year has been really hard for me and I only remember that thougth that sunday and I was always thinking that was my self like imagination .but now went read this I know that God was really talking to me and He is doing the same through the world .For those who don't believe yet we must tpray a lot because it is the hour of God Mercy.
God Bless you.

Mary Bernadette - Feb 6, 2009

The news media can edit out what they want from an interview. Out of a 15 minute discussion they may show only 2 -4 minutes of the interview. This experience was very interesting to read about, thanks for sharing Fred. We have to remember that even our talents come from God including those of this pilot. Another less qualified pilot without the specialized training could have been scheduled for that flight and the results may not have been very good. Our God is an awesome God! God bless you on your continued journey of faith Fred.

Monica Herrington - Feb 6, 2009

God is mercyful. As I sit here reading this I can't stop crying. This was sent to me in an e-mail from a friend. I needed to see it because of yesterdays conversation with someone on the Divine Mercy, which I have not prayed in sometime now. Needless to say I will pray it again. God You are wonderful indeed. I cannot say THANK YOU!!! enough for all You have done for my husband and I. You know our needs I now liftt all our needs up to You and TRUST that You will take care of them. Help us to put every aspect of our lives into Your Hands. Glory, Honor and Praise to You and Your Name Forever!!!! Amen!!!!!

Alice - Feb 6, 2009

What an inspiring story! Why don't we hear more of this on television? It truly is all about trust, the hardest thing in the world for us to hand to God; but I am learning every day to do just that with a grateful heart. It was a miracle!

Sally - Feb 6, 2009

We just returned from Florida and passed Our Lady Queen of the Universe shrine where Fred will be speaking Feb. 21(my husband's birthday). My friend, whom we visited, attends St. Faustina Church and was leaving to go there and pray the chaplet as we were ending our visit. My church in Conn. has a big devotion to St. Faustina, and we were blessed to have Vinny Flynn and family do a mission with us a few months ago. I have read 7 Secrets of the Eucharist. My husband has only recently resumed attending Mass after many years away from it. We visited the Divine Mercy shrine in Stockbridge this summer on our way to N.Y. The chaplet is a wonderful prayer, and the coincidences and graces we receive from God are truly amazing! The landing truly was a gift from God.

Edna - Feb 6, 2009

It was an amazing, uplifting story. Give to God all your cares in this world and He will take care of them for us. It may not come immediate but it may come in different times and situations in life. Thank God for His Mercy!

Believer in Phoenix - Feb 6, 2009

Jesus, I trust in You! Thank you Fred for sharing your miraculous experience at the Hudson River. God is truly merciful and Loving. We must all follow your New Years resolution...as a Catholic, sometimes, i am lukewarm towards my faith..although i prayed the Rosary with my family every single day. And I put all my trust in Jesus to guide me in my daily chores. Having an Assisted Living home is a very challenging job..but I learned every single day to love these elderly because I see Jesus in them. I trust in Him that He will always be with my elderly residents and be with them until the end. Thank you Jesus!

Jerry Johnston - Feb 6, 2009

My wife and I lost our 18 year old son in a New Year's Eve auto accident. He was in coma and actually died from his injuries on Jan. 3rd, 2009. He was in the NICU @ Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. We were told from the onset that there wasn't any medical hope for Steven, so we only had our faith to rely on. We started praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet with our immediate family on the 1st day. By the 2nd day, Steven's friends started showing up at hospital (we had approximately 30 kids in the NICU room) and joining us in reciting the Divine Mercy. These kids had never heard this prayer before but now were praying right along with us! Our intentions were to save Steven's soul and for God's Will to be fulfilled. Steven passed away on the early afternoon of 3rd day, but we had received tremendous grace from Jesus, knowing what is promised by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the presence of a dying person. Steven's older brother just made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and to Poland and visited St. Faustina's Shrine in Oct. 2008. We now have a renewed devotion to Jesus and His mercy. Please pray for the poor souls in pugatory.

servant and child of Jesus and Mary - Feb 6, 2009

Love the devotion to the Divine Mercy and your true story has given seriousness and clearity and peace of mind and has led to acceptance of a faithful heart to Our Lady of Divine Mercy. Jesus lives thanks be to God.

Carolyn K. Johnson - Feb 6, 2009

Without a doubt, there was intervention of The Divne Mercy of Jesus and His ever Loving Mother Mary, that saved the people and crew in NYC.
There has not been a day gone by in years, that we have not devoted time to saying The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in our home ( at least 3 times daily), atdaily Mass, and traveling. The miracles God has accomplished in our lives are too numerous to mention, and we are so very grateful to the Marians in Stockbridge for their unyielding dedication to spread the Word of God and His Divine Mercy. We visit the shrine on Eden Hill yearly, to give our thanks in person. Thank you for posting this story, God bless you all, continue to be faithful...more than ever in the days ahead, to Our Merciful Lord and His Blessed Mother.

I Just Don't Believe - I Know! - Feb 6, 2009

The Blessed Mother creates miracles every day! Her Son, Jesus, and the Holy Trinity do, too! They are everywhere!

George Alexa - Feb 7, 2009

To think that I almost missed this wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

Diane - Feb 7, 2009

I knew, in my knowa, that someone on that Flight was praying! Praise the Lord, for His Mercy endures forever!

Thank you for this wonderful information. I will use it to evangelize and spread the Divine Mercy devotion. God bless.

Johanna Munoz - Feb 7, 2009

God is Good, All the Time!
Is there any way to 'leak this to the Press?' Americans need to hear the Truth (in the words of Fr. John Corapi "Truth is a person, his name is Jesus Christ").

Joe loves Jesus!!! - Feb 7, 2009

Thank You God for Fred's testimony and Your mercy.Back in the late 1990's, I had a miracle happen with a drawing I made of the Divine Mercy image.It bled.REALLY!!!I KNOW His mercy is truly real.He changed my life too!He's using you Fred.I love You God!

LorriAnn - Feb 7, 2009

Thanks for an inspiring story. Isn't the mercy of God wonderful? My daughter and I got on our knees and prayed a decade of the rosary as soon as this story broke the news. It was so emotional watching this unfold on live tv. I was touched by the number of passengers who thanked the Lord for their safety.

Marilyn in PA. - Feb 7, 2009

Thanks and praise to Our loving God! He has answered your prayers and Our Mother is watching over us. I believe that God, through this event, wants to show us that He is truely present in our lives and He just wants us to turn to Him and trust Him. His mercy endures forever for those who love him. In these trying times, let us place our lives in His hands with love and trust.

Linda - Feb 7, 2009

I am sitting here in tears as I read your story, your witness to how real God is!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this, Fred. And thanks be to God that He was with all of you that day on the Hudson.
God is good, all the time! : )

Praise Our Good God - Feb 7, 2009

I am so thankful for your story about Our Good God. It helps others to see God more clearly. I wish all could see Him this way.
A servant of Jesus and Mary
Susan

Patty Feb. 7, 2009 - Feb 7, 2009

Although born and raised a Catholic, I left about 10 years ago to attend a non-denominational church. However, I came home about 4 years ago. It is when I returned to the faith that I learned about Divine Mercy, for it was God's mercy that awaited my return and led me back. I am a witness to the message of Divine Mercy. I am humbled and grateful for it!

Lorraine - Feb 7, 2009

Is there a possibility that this story could be published in some of our local newspapers? So many miracles like this happen with no acknowledgement by our newspapers...How about time magazine or McLeans here in Canada

A Rosary-Maker - Feb 7, 2009

A truly awesome article! As someone who has had a devout devotion to the Divine Mercy and the Rosary for many years, I would say that now you have the idea..... of how prayer truly works and how Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother send us Signal Graces. May you continue to be blessed abundantly and keep praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet! The Mercy of Our Lord is infinite! God bless.

Marion Beaton - Feb 7, 2009

Praise God!!When I 1st heard of this I said to others "Someone on that plane or their loved ones were making a devotion of some sort." of course,what else,divine mercy it was. I have ck'd Spirit D ev day since for someone's testomey

Diane - Feb 7, 2009

What a terrific story. God bless Fred and all the passengers on that flight.

Shawn Catherine - Feb 7, 2009

Fred ~ You found favor with God. What a wonderful story to share with all people. I, too, had just recently read the 15 promises of Mary as I pray the rosary more lately. What a blessing to have such a profound answer from heaven! And to live to tell about it and the Great Hor of Mercy! PRaised God! Please keep us in prayer!

TERRI BUENO - Feb 7, 2009

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING SUCH AMAZING STORY ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF JESUS, THE DIVINE MERCY AT THE TIME YOU NEEDED IT MOST. YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD SAVED YOU AND EVERYONE. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BELOVED FAMILY.

laurel Oakley - Feb 7, 2009

When my husband and I heard about the jet crashing and how everyone survived we knew that Jesus' hand had kept that plane afloat until everyone was rescued. It was a miracle and Freds' faith gave him the strength to face what was ahead of him.

Marian - Feb 7, 2009

Thank God for our Catholic traditions, practices and beliefs that encourage us and empower us on our faith journey.
We have reason for our hope.
This story and these comments truly exemplify that we must all be evangelized and that we must all be evangelizing others.
Thank God for the gift of the internet, that we may use this means of communication to give witness to the power of prayer and the Divine Power of God.
JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!


MARTA FEBLES MIAMI FL - Feb 7, 2009

I KNOW IS AN EXCELLENT PILOT,VERY CALM,ACTIVE,DOING A PERFECTLY JOB...BUT AFTER HIM WERE SOLDIERS OF DIVINE MERCY PRAYERS,SOLDIERS WITH COMBAT BOOTS WITH ROSARY IN HAND...FOR THE PERFECT GUIDANCE OF THE PLANE,WHERE ALL ARCHANGELS CAME TO HELP FLOATING...,JUST GOD'S HANDS,GOD'S WINDY,AND HOLY SPIRIT COMMAND...UNDER DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET....JUST HIM CAN DO THAT...
ALL IS POSSIBLE,ALWAYS IN GOD'S WILL....
JESUSCHRIST OUR LORD...
JUST TRUST OUR FAMILIES,OUR SON'S,OUR JOB'S,OUR LIVE TO DIVINE MERCY,TRUST HIM.
WE NEED URGENTLY TO CONSACRATE THIS COUNTRY UNDER DIVINE MERCY HEART AND WATER,TO HELP ALL OF US,OUR SCHOOLS...
JUST PRAY,TRUST AND SEE.TRYING TO DO IT,AND SEE WHAT IS THIS WAY OF LOVE UNDER FLUENTLY SEA OF MERCY...
THANKS JESUSCHRIST ONE MORE TIME TO SHOW YOUR PRESENCE,ONLY YOU CAN DO THIS.
YOU NEED TO TRANSFER THAT BOOK IN SPANISH URGENT...
WE ARE LIVING IN MERCY TIME,JUST A SHORT TIME,AND EVERY ONE NEEDS TO RUN FOR DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET....
I REMEMBER WHEN I WENT TO POLAND,SPECIAL PLACE TO BE,LIKE MASSACHUSETS.I ALWAYS BE THERE,THE COUNTRY FULL OF FAITH,ALL KIDS GOES TO CHURCH IN A BIG %.GREAT BUT GOOD FAITH AND LOVE.
IT IS WHAT OUR ST JOHN PAUL II LET US KNOW...HE SHOWS US THE WAY OF D.M.
YOU FELT IN THE SANCTUARY THE ST FAUSTINA PRESENCE WHEN YOU INTERCEDE...
I OFFER TO JESUSCHRIST MY SON'S LIFE TO SERVE HIM UNDER DIVINE MERCY,TO HEAL HIM,SAVE HIM,AND ALL PEOPLE AROUND HIM.PREPARE HIM...
JUST PRAY AND TRUST.
JEZU UFAM TOBIE.
JESUS EN TI CONFIO,JESUS I TRUST IN YOU.....GOOD ROSARY MR BERETTA,JUST JESUS DID! FOR TRUST IN HIM!
PLEASE DO A CONSACRATION OF DIVINE MERCY FOR THIS NATION USA!

THIS HAPPENNED BECAUSE GOD WANTS TO TELL THE WHOLW WORLD THE MIRACLES HE CAN DO FOR ALL OF US,WHEN WE PARY THIS CHAPLET WITH DEVOTION AND LOVE,TRUSTING,HIM,GIVING HIM THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE ACTION OF OUR LIVES,TAKE ACTION IN OUR FAMILIES....JUST HE CAN DO...JUST CLAIM
UNDER KNEES HIS MERCY FOR YOUR FAMILY...I CLAIMED ONE ,TWO AND ALWAYS MERCY BEFOR THE SACRE DIVINE MERCY HEART,TO GUIDE ,SAVE ,HEAL AND PROTECT MY FAMILY,MY HOUSE,MY JOB,OUR HEALTH,ALL WE HAVE OR NOT IN JESUSCHRIST HANDS TO GUIDE US PERFECTLY AND SAVE US UNDER HIS SEA OF LOVE WITH THE WATER AND BLOOD OF HIS MERCY SURROUND US...FOREVER....DEFEND US,JESUS I TRUST YOU...
PONGAMOS TODA NUESTRA FAMILIA,NUESTROS HOGARES,TRABAJOS,HIJOS,ESPOSOS,AMISTADES..Y TODO LO QUE NOS RODEA ESTE PAIS BAJO EL MANTO DE MISERICORDIA DE JESUS ,QUE SU CORAZON DERRAME SOBRE NOSOTROS EL AGUA Y LA SANGRE PARA PURIFICARNOS,SANARNOS,PROTEGERNOS,SALVARNOS,NOS PROTEJA SIEMPRE BAJO EL MANTO DE MISERICORDIA.CLAMAMOS A TI SE

Rose Mary Eucharistic Apostle of the Divine Mercy (EADM) in Colorado - Feb 7, 2009

Thank you for sharing this wonderful and uplifting story! Jesus tells us in the Diary of St. Faustina that the graces of His mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is TRUST. He is Love and Mercy itself. The more a soul trusts in Him, the more graces they will receive. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is very powerful. Blessed Mary always leads us to her Divine Son, Jesus. I recommend a beautiful little book called: "Will You Help Me?" It is a Handbook of Devotion to Divine Mercy. Our God is an awesome God! Praise, honor and glory be to You, our loving God now and forever. Amen.

Berta - Feb 7, 2009

The moment I heard the news of this accident, and what happened. I said, I know why they were saved. It was the hour of Divine Mercy. Somewhere around the world, the Divine Mercy is being sais, around the clock. Glory to God!!

MICHAEL - Feb 7, 2009

Not taking Scriptures out of context it says in 1 Timothy 2:3,4 Our Savior God, Who desires all men to be saved and come to the full knowledge of the truth.

Mercedes Santisteban - Feb 7, 2009

Because you prayed, everybody were saved. God was the co-pilot. I prayed twice that afternoon: first, for everybody be saved, and second, in thanksgiving for everybody were saved. Trust in God is the most important thing, and we must pray every single day for all sick and dying, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, for the conversion of sinners, too, with all our heart.
Thanks for sharing your testimony of life.

James - Feb 7, 2009

I believe God wants us to come together and as in this truly amazing story the men and women on the plane came together showed there faith in God and prayed for his Mercy and Grace. God is so Loving to us we just do not hear him because we are so busy in our daily choirs we do not take the time to praise him and thank him for his Love and for his Preciouse son Jesus Christ.

Lord thank you for coming into the lives of everyone on this plane thank you for the blessing they received and for the comfort you gave there families and friends, Lord I pray that each one received a special message that day and that they take that message and spread it to others so they may come closer to you. I pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ AMEN

God Bless

MARTA FEBLES ,MIAMI FL - Feb 7, 2009

God helps those who abandom themselves to Him......
AND CALLING FOR HIS MERCY...YOU HAVE TO CALL FOR HIS MERCY,AND HE COVER ALL YOU ASK..
IS NOT IMPORTANT WHO ARE YOU OR WHERE?OR IF YOU ARE A TERRIFIC SINNER...EACH PERSON HAS A SIN,NOBODY SCAPE THAT....IF MORE BAD ARE,NOT BELIEVING IN HIM,HE HAS MORE EMERGENCY TO SAVE YOU ,LOOKING FOR YOU IN ANY WAYS AT THE TIME ONE PERSON PRAY FOR YOU,INTERCEDE FOR YOU...IT IS JUST A CALL TO MERCY FOUNTAIN OF GRACE..
JUST WITH SINCERE AND PURE LOVE TO HIM TALK TO HIM,AND CALL HIM...TRUST IN HIM...
REMEMBER GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS YOU CAN NOT.....
BY FAITH YOU TRUST,BY FAITH BELEIVE IN GOD AND BY THE HOLY SPIRIT YOU FELT GOD INSIDE YOU,THE FIRE OF HOLY SPIRIT.....
DIVINE MERCY IS POWERFUL!
( I'M SORRY
SOMETIMES MY ENGLISH OR VOCAL CHANGED OUT OF PLACE)

POR FE CREEMOS,POR FE CONFIAMOS Y NOS ABANDONAMOS EN EL..DIOS TIENE SU CAMINO QUE NO ES EL NUESTRO,A LO QUE QUEREMOS YA...NO ES ASI..
EL SABE COMO,CUANDO,DONDE HACER LAS COSAS...Y PARA QUE..
SOMOS NADIE Y NADA PARA CUESTIONAR A DIOS....POBRE LOS QUE NO CREEN ,PERMITA DIOS LOS ILUMINE A TENER UNA FE FUERTE Y CONOCERLE,EL LOS AMA A TODOS POR IGUAL Y DESEA SALVAR A TODA LA HUMANIDAD,QUE SEAMOS MUY HUMILDES Y MANSOS DE CORAZON..A LA VEZ QUE MR.BERRETTA FUE A MISA Y COMULGO CASI URGENTEMENTE LO DESEABA...ERA JESUS LLAMANDOLO...EL SE CONVIRTIO EN ESE SAGRARIO PRECIOSO DE JESUS,IBA EN EL CUERPO DE MR.BERRETTA...MISTERIO VERDAD? ES ASI..
GOD HAS HIS WAY ,HIS TIME,WE ARE UNDER HIS CONTROL.....HIS LOVE....
NOBODY HAS THE POWER TO QUESTIONING GOD....WE ARE DUST,JUST TRUST HIM AND ABANDOM IN HIM ALL DIFICULTS MOMENTS...HE KNOWS HOW TO WORK...HE DID ALL THE WORLD......JUST TRUST...

GOD ,JESUSCHRIST OUR LORD,OUR SERVIOR GIVE THE OPORTUNITY OF LOVE UNDER DIVINE MERCY TO ALL THE PEOPLE ENTER HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE COMMENT....GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU IN THE GRACE OF DIVINE MERCY,FLOW OVER YOU,YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS,FLOW IN THE COUNTRY YOU LIVE AND IN THE WHOLE WORLD...GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER,JUST START LEARNING THIS CHAPLET ,IF YOU WANT TO BELIEVE THIS GRACE TO TRUST LIKE US ,JUST DO THE CHAPLET ONE TIME AND CLAIM TO HIM,YOU WANTS TO FELT HIM IN YOUR HEART,YOUR LIVE....ABANDOM IN HIM, SINCERE UNDER KNEES...
,BEFORE HIM,DO A TEST ONE TIME AND LATER IN A FEW DAYS,WHEN YOU TRUST HIM...HE WILL GIVE YOU A SURPRISE....!JEZU UFAM TOBIE+++
AND IF YOU HAVE EUCHARISTY ,GOD ,JESUS ENTER LIVE IN YOUR HEART,BODY,THEN YOU ARE A SAGRARY BODY OF
CHRIST.....BECAUSE YOU HAVE HIM INSIDE YOU,LIVING IN YOU....AND HE WAS INSIDE THE PLAIN TOO,BECAUSE WAS INSIDE MR BERRETTA....HE WAS IN MASS BEFORE,...IS THE GREAT MIRACLE JESUS WAS IN ALL PARTS,OUTSIDE,INSIDE THE BERRETTA'S BODY...
IS THE MISTERIOUS LIFE OF JESUS ,HE LIVES.THE LIGHT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH ALL OF YOU IN THIS MOMENT AND ALWAYS......

marsinah nunes - Feb 7, 2009

GREATER THINGS ARE WROUGHT BY PRAYER THAN THIS WORLD DREAMS OF =
IT WAS NOT TOO LATE, WHEN FRED BERETTA EXPERIENCED THAT AND WAS LUCKY TO HAVE A SECOND CHANCE FOR REUNIFICATION WITH PRAYER.
WE CAN ALL TAKE A PAGE FROM HIS BOOK

LeAnn from Missouri - Feb 7, 2009

Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational story. I know that the Lord keeps his promises. He certainly has more plans for you on this earth. I will be sharing your story with so many family and friends. What a coincidence that your children are the same ages as mine and we have a Jonathan and Lauren also AND my husband is 41 and travels a lot by plane. When he leaves, I always remind him to say a prayer for safe arrival when he boards the plane. God Bless!

Jane--Iowa - Feb 7, 2009

Thanks for sharing your faith!! I learned of the Divine Mercy Chaplet only last year. This year our church is going to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. Thank God you are alive & able to live to help more come to know His Divine Mercy!! Many Blessings to you & your family!!

Luz in California - Feb 8, 2009

Interesting that someone else values the same 3 that I try to get in every day....the Mass, (Holy Eucharist), the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Sunitha John - Feb 8, 2009

I truly believe it is ONLY HIS hands saved all of them....I was sitting and watching TV at home and saw the breaking news...about this crash landing..I started praying for each and everyone ..I got up from the chair only after everyone got out of that plane.I live in San Ramon ,CA very close to sully's place Dan Ville.I am praising God almighty for his Mercy and protection...We all have to believe one time or the other that HE IS STILL ALIVE!!!!.Thank you for sharing this mail and special thanks to Fred for inspiring other's fath through your experience...God bless you and your family...

Pauline Okposi - Feb 8, 2009

When I saw the plane floating gracefully on the river, it reminded me of the story of Jesus calming the storm. Fred was the messenger and his prayers calmed the river so that everyone, with God's grace, floated to safety. Thanks be to God!

Dawn - Feb 8, 2009

I could not stop crying when I read this story. I am forwarding it to a lapsed Catholic friend of mine who has resisted the love of God for many years now. She has an intense fear of flying and was so taken by the news story...I hope this will inspire her to move closer to Christ.

Carol Ross - Feb 8, 2009

As I watched this miracle unfold on the TV, I remember thinking God must have been on that flight, I believe he watches over all of us.

MargaretGranger - Feb 8, 2009

Amazing!! Thank you somuch for sharing your story, your amazing faith.
God bless

MARIA-PAZ M. HERRERO - Feb 8, 2009

What a fabulous story.I am a Divine Mercy
Devotee.I am from the Philippines. When I read your story I had goose-bumps.
God is a truly Merciful God. Because of your story I will TRUST the Lord much more.
The Blessed Mother, through the Rosary led you to her Son.The Rosary is a very powerful weapon, like St. Pio says.
The Chaplet is so powerful. Not a lot of people know about it.
Fred, I thank the Good Lord He saved all of you and you went back home to your wife and children.
Your story has inspired me a lot and because of you a lot of people will turn to Jesus through the Chaplet and the Rosary and of course, THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS.
God bless you and your family always.

Sunshine0316 - Feb 8, 2009

I truly believe that there was a divine intervention that made the airplane landed peacefully and safely, with all the passengers calm and did not panic, that what I heard in the news. But nevertheless I want to take this opportunity to share also the miracle that happened to myself when I was afflicted with cancer, when I was having my chemotherapy, I prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy using my fingers and asking God's mercy. Nobody knew what I was doing except Jesus. Now I am completely free and fully recovered, and I am spreading the devotion to the Divine Mercy to families here in Phoenix, Arizona since 2003. In 2001, I met the nurse who took care of me when I was doing my chemotherapy for the first time, inside the church where we were celebrating the Mercy Sunday and canonization of St. Faustina, she told me that she is a Divine Mercy devotee, which I said, wow, this is really awesome, me and my nurse are both praying the Chaplet and the 3:00 o'clock prayer. That is the power of the Chaplet. Jesus said, if it is compatible to My will, I will grant your wish if you pray the Chaplet.

Andrea Maciejewski - Feb 8, 2009

Praise God forever!

God has shown me many signs and wonders as well, that are too clear to be mere coincidence. For instance, when my friend's father in law died suddenly, I was on the phone with her as I walked to the mailbox. I said "I'll have to pick up a mass card for him" and made sure I had his name correct. In my mailbox at that moment I found a random mailing from the Sacred Heart Monastery from Hales Corners, Wisconsin, which included mass cards. I had no experience with them before. I said, "Didn't Randy's parents use to live in Wisconsin?" "Yes," said my friend, "In a small town called Hales Corners."

It seems that no miracle will open the door to those who refuse to listen to God's call. As in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, when the rich man asks to appear to his brothers from the dead, Abraham says, "If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead." (Incidentally, I opened exactly to this page, and I am just beginning to personally read the bible outside of mass!)

I have been learning more and more to live my life on autopilot. He takes care of everything, and in my wimpy faith, I am always so amazed at that! This story may not convert those who do not will to listen to Christ, but it strengthens those of us who know we need Him as the world proves it is not the place to put our trust!

As my husband and I prayed the rosary on our flight descending home to Detroit yesterday, we put our full trust and love in God, not out of fear, but reassurance in His Love. We were returning from a pilgrimmage to San Antonio, called by St. Padre Pio to visit his budding shrine and have our wedding vows renewed. We simply followed his call, and were blessed by this holy Monsignor and this Parish which opened its arms in hospitality toward us. As the readings of the prior day explained. God is so good, and He leads us down straight paths!

Praise Him, and God bless you and your family, Fred!

Cri Hubbard, St. Faustina Monday Night Prayer Group - Feb 8, 2009

Wow, our God is an awesome God! Just yesterday (2-7-09), a prayer partner and I were wondering what important soul was on Flight 1549? Who was God saving... The next morning (2-8-09) I received Fred's inspiring story. A coincidence? No, a Godincidence. Fred, thank you for sharing your experience. + Praise God for His mercy and great love for us.

Francis - Feb 8, 2009

This is proof that we really need to put all of our trust in God.

One more comment about the 15's in 'True Peace'. All of the prime numbers in flight 1549 (1+5+9) equals 15. The number "1" being a "Natural" number and defining prime as "Perfect". I can't help but think of how putting all our trust in God is both "Natural" and "Perfect" as proven in these stories.
Thank you Lord for your love and mercy!

Jane Collins - Feb 8, 2009

God is gracious, merciful, loving and kind. He looks upon all of his children with tenderness. Indeed he looked upon his children on that flight that went down in the Hudson. Hopefully, it will inspire all of us to grow closer to Him.
And for those who don't believe in God, take a look and begin the journey towards understanding that there is a higher power beyond us who loves us and helps us and is in control!

Kathryn Murtha - Feb 8, 2009

What an incredibly uplifting and inspiring story! Thank you SO much for sharing it. My wish is that each person who reads this story will choose to focus less on troubles and more on gratitude and miracles, and thereby, attract and create more of the same!

Fred - Lost Sheep Society - Feb 8, 2009

yes, let us each find peace , bring peace, in surrendering each day to our Father's will

Naomi & Dave Henry - Feb 8, 2009

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is very touching, and inspiring to read such a story in these stress-charged, secular days in which we live. We all need a strong reminder that God loves us and is with us always, everywhere -especially in these spiritually deprived times. God bless you and your family.

joellyn-Feb 8,2009 - Feb 8, 2009

When i saw the image of the passengers standing on the wing i just thought there is no way to explain this but "Miracle", and i was so moved for days. It reminded me so much of Sept 11, and how God protected so many more from death ,even though 3,000 perished. To the skeptics i say, think beyond, to how much worse these events could of been, and rejoice in the NOW! Gods mercy IS for everyone.

Joe loves Jesus!!! - Feb 8, 2009

Jesus,i just wanted to say i love You and thanks for your mercy.Fred He has made you a fisher of men like St. Peter!

Rosemarie - Feb 8, 2009

'Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous' as the saying goes and I believe this to be true having experienced so many wonderful examples of "Divine Mercy" during my 8 decades on earth. Another 'miracle' involved in the plane's safe landing is the fact that the Media actually proclaimed it a "Miracle Landing"......and the Media isn't often ready to credit the Almighty with anything. I hope Fred's story will be instrumental in bringing many closer to Jesus who is Mercy itself.

CLeDuc from MA - Feb 8, 2009

We appreciate hearing of this awesome time in Fred's life. Giving witness to your faith helps inspire all of us. Thank you to a truly merciful God.

Paul Carpino - Feb 8, 2009

There are no limits to Divine Mercy.
We cannot fathom its depth.
Just pray the Chaplet between 3-4pm, and you will experience His Divine Mercy for yourself.
Jesus I Trust In You.

Julie - Feb 8, 2009

Thank you.

Christopher Ratneiya - Feb 8, 2009

Lord in your mercy, please grant my brother Christopher good health and bring him home.

Victoria Tellez - Feb 8, 2009

God's mercy was bestowed on you by your faith alone. Amazing Grace! Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. I am a tortured soul by life's punches from an early age & of my own failures. I am coming to realize that i need a healing of my spirit from my earlier years...I thought it didn't matter today and forgetting my tragedies was the answer, but I need help to rise above and to change. I ask for healing and steadfastness to wake & see & never forget God's Mercy everyday. God has spoken to me through Fred and the events of his day on January 15th. Thank you. Help me Lord Jesus to accept, separate, heal and strengthen.

Marv G. - Feb 8, 2009

I try to pray the Chaplet daily, but had't since I started my new job. January 15 is the anniversary of my dad's death and I swear that on THIS day for reasons known only to God, at 3:15, I had an urgency to pray for "those who will die today".
Thank-you for this wonderful story! God's love and mercy are truly infinite!

John - Feb 8, 2009

My wife Fran & I pray the chaplet daily loving the Lord and asking for His grace to love Him w/ all our hearts and to trust Him w/ every fiber of our beings. He is in charge and the Lord of all who will bring this beautiful country back to Him.

Steve in Pennsylvania - Feb 8, 2009

the story only stregthens more my devotion to the Divine Mercy. Thank you for sharing this story with all of us.

Marcella - Feb 8, 2009

so inspirational, and , when I first saw this on tv, and the time, I immediately thought, someone, some persons, were praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. (I do most everyday)
Thank You, Fred.

Sandi Hansen - Feb 8, 2009

I love the Divine Mercy devotion and the chaplet is a most powerful prayer! It has brought many graces and miracles in my life, too. Never underestimate the power of God's Mercy!

Pete - Feb 8, 2009

All my life I failed to trust in God's
will. This past year God has helped me
prepare my family for our next journey.
He did not answer my prayers in my time.
He gave me tme to put everything in perspective and now I understand.

kathleen parker - Feb 8, 2009

Sunday evening, February 8, 2009

Fred,
I just wanted to say how powerful the article that was sent to me on my e-mail by the fathers of divine mercy. Last March I went with friends to a pilgrimage at cleveland on the Feast of the Divine Mercy. I can only tell you how much it changed my life, falling into ice water, and experiencing the pain of the outdoor midnight celebration. All I can say is that I was assisted off the field and allowed to see the blue lights amoungst the people, and the presence of God and his angels. I am going back to Holy Love again this year and will remember you on the Feast of the Divine Mercy and all the passengers, the families and everyone this story touched. Thank you for your story, I too was a floating catholic, but my faith is so renewed, I know now that God's mercy is so much bigger than any of us could imagine. God Bless and keep you and your family.

Gloria Sotelo (Del Rio, Tx) - Feb 8, 2009

Fred, I too have slacked off from praying the chaplet but your testimony has moved me so much. God is so merciful and loves us so much. God bless you and your family and may Our Ladyof Guadalupe intercede for you and your family.

Shea Baird (Roswell, NM) - Feb 8, 2009

Although it isn't always an easy thing to do, I would rather accept than constantly question. Do I believe that God worked through the amazing skill of the pilot who brought the crippled craft down safely? Absolutely! Do I hold gratitude in my heart that all those on board were kept safe, and that no one on the ground was injured or killed? Absolutely! But I also believe that whether God intervened directly or indirectly, the greatest miracle of all is that someone, somewhere, turned back to God because of what happened to and on that flight. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful experience with us. God does indeed work in ways that are far beyond my limited understanding. And for that I am grateful, too. May the mercy of Christ touch us all.

Natividad- Feb 8,2009 - Feb 8, 2009

"Jesus I Trust In You"
What a miraculous story.God is good & He was surely in this flight.
Fred, thank you for sharing this amazing story.I will pass this along.
God bless you & your family

Inspired - Feb 8, 2009 - Feb 8, 2009

I feel compelled to say that this story has renewed my spirit to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet as I once did on a daily basis ~ on my way to work and on my way home from work. Now that I have lost my job, I do not recite the Chaplet as before. How sad is that? Thank you for inspiring me to take up my cross and pray with sincere fervor for God's blessings which this world most assuredly needs. I make a promise to pray the Chaplet daily once again.

Nina-Pa - Feb 8, 2009

Wonderful story Fred! I cried as I read,because like you I came across the Message of Divine Mercy as what I thought was by accident.However God showed me in more ways than one, it was not by accident.Like me & others you are now chosen to spread the message of Divine Mercy with God as your pilot .Jesus I Trust In You!

Eric - Feb 8, 2009

JESUS KING OF MERCY, WE TRUST IN YOU!

God is Good... All The Time... All The Time... God is Good... AMEN!

Lucia - Feb 8, 2009

Thanks be to God, today and forever,
praise the Lord, as soon as I knew it I gave thanks to Him for this Miracle.

bernard - Feb 9, 2009

Thanks for you story Fred, for those who do not take the divine mercy seriously ,its an eye opener that God always keeps His promise

PAUL YEMBE - CAMEROON - Feb 9, 2009

Yes! in fact we are in an Age of the Greatest Miracles and Mercy and Grace!
Never before in Human History is Our God working such wonders!
Happy still are those who heed His Call & Inspirations and obey them.
Blessed art you now FRED!

Marianne Vincent, Malaysia - Feb 9, 2009

I am writing from Malaysia on behalf of my father, Vincent Sebastian. He suffered a stroke in 2001 that has left him without speech, swallowing and most movements.

My father was perhaps one of the first people in Malaysia to promote the Divine Mercy in the late 1980s at a time when there much much opposition to the devotion.

I read the article to him and we were both deeply moved. We too continue to witness medical and other miracles as Dad continues to live each day struggling with the physical obstacles but growing deeper and deeper in his faith as the days, months and years go by.

My parents have both been to the Divine Mercy center in Stockbridge.

Thank you for this article and we remain united in prayer - with Fred, all readers, and everyone.

Phyllis - Feb 9, 2009

Awesome story of God's great mercy! This should be on Good Morning America spreading the news of God's Great Mercy!!
The Rosary is a powerful prayer and Mary was there for you!
Thanks Fred for sharing your story. Perhaps God is calling you to spread the message of His Great Mercy!
Jesus I trust in You!Keep on praying!

Evaristo Maanya - Feb 9, 2009

An amazing story indeed. I leave in Zambia and heard of this partly because one of my fellow nationals was on that plane. He said nothing of prayer. Hearing of the man that prayed the Chaplet of Mercy makes me feel happy. But indeed trust, and trust in the Lord from our hearts is very difficult. We say it by lip service but in times of problems, we forget we ever say "Jesus I Trust in You". May our prayer be that Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to truly turst in him.

Claudia - Feb 9, 2009

God is so amazing and I just knew as soon as I heard about the jet safely landing in the water at around 3:30 PM that it was God answering the prayers so many of us were saying during the hour of Divine Mercy. Of course God's mercy is available 24 hours a day but the Chaplet is especially a very powerful prayer since it glorifies Jesus who died for us at that hour when mercy was opened wide for every sinner. In paragraph 1731 of St. Faustina's diary it states that Jesus said "Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will." We must remember that mercy is always God's will and that even more important than healing from illness or protection from harm or death is God's deliverance from spiritual death. So God in His supreme wisdom does not always miraculously wipe away all human suffering because in His plan of salvation it can be redemptive as we see in the case of Jesus on the Cross along with the martyrdom and sacrifices of the saints as well as all faithful people of God. We must also be reminded that it is especially important to pray the Chaplet for those who are dying so that an abundance of grace will be available to them for the benefit of their souls. At times, like in the case of the jet safely landing, people may be spared from physical death and God in His mercy hopes that will inspire all to come to Him so they will be ready at death to spend eternity with Him. May the remarkable events about the safe landing of the jet along with this story about the passenger open the eyes of everyone so they will accept God's mercy. With all the turmoil in the world God has given us all such a wonderful sign of His love and mercy. Everyday He shows us His love in so many abundant ways but people become blind to it. Hopefully all these events will open their eyes. If some people still refuse to see we must continue to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy especially for them. Meanwhile let us praise God for His loving mercy!

Edmay Mayers - Feb 9, 2009

Thank you, once again, Mr. Carroll. What a great writer you are. You have such wonderful and inspiring stories to tell all of us. Thank you over and over again and God bless you. Keep up the great work you do for our Divine Mercy. With much love and the deepest respect, Edmay

Tom Kuna-Jacob - Feb 9, 2009

Truly miraculous and inspiring! And a great gift for evangelizing, as it shows once again St. Augustine's dictum: "Without us God will not, and without God we can not", which the Jesuits have modified into their saying: "Work as though everything depended on you and Pray as though everything depended on God". I especially like the comment by the lady that we must "do God's will" and then accept the results. As the Scriptures says, "Know love and serve God with thy whole mind,thy whole soul and thy whole will and heart".
I hope, God-willing, to complete my e-address book with 1600 magazines, and our diocesan parish directory, and the e-addresses of the religious (Jewish and Catholic), and environmental organizations who mail to me, as well as of all the current US Senators and Congresspersons, adding these to my thousands of e-addresses, which also include those of 1500 local USA newspapers and the UN Missions, and then to forward this true and inspiring story and wonderful comments to my whole e-address list! Praise the Divine Mercy!

Rita Joyce - Feb 9, 2009

Thank you, Lord, for all the signs you give to us regarding Your True Presence! Lord, my life I offer to You and for You that all may find true peace in You alone...especially my loved ones both living and deceased, all priests and religious, and finally all I may have the good fortune to meet. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my TRUST IN YOU ALONE!

Penny - Feb 9, 2009

God of Glory and God of Power. I am so happy that God is revealing HIS love to more and more people. I pray my Divine Mercy chaplet every day and I have witnessed alot of DIVINE MERCY.
Praise God.
For the sake of HIS sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Denise from Grenada - Feb 9, 2009

Thanks for sharing Fred's testimony. Each time I enter a plane I modify the Breastplate Of St. Patrick's prayer asking Christ to be before, behind, above, below, on the right and on the left of the plane taking us safely to our destination, then I pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet trusting that He will inspire the flight crew with the right reactions to every situation, and only then do I relax. Fred's testimony confirms my faith in the power of prayer.
I thank my friend for fowarding this to me.

An LA County Fireman - Feb 9, 2009

On of the most inspiring stories of faith that brought me to tears. Thank you Lord for your Mercy and the lessons you teach us through the lives of others!

A Believer In Miracles & Divine Intervention - Feb 9, 2009

Reading this article is a vivid example of God's Mercy and Love. So often we forget to thank, trust, pray and ask for God's help.

Throughout life's peaks and valleys God remains constantly by our side. Despite our human flaws, we are never alone and always loved. God wants us on the right path. All we need to do is pray and ask for guidance.

Thank you Fred for sharing your miraculous experience. I do believe.

God Bless!

Kim - Feb 9, 2009

Thank you for such an inspiring story. I am touched and feel so much closer to god. I will learn the Chaplet of divine Mercy. and continue to say the Rosary every morning.

Cat - Feb 9, 2009

YES!! God is always in total control, and His perfect peace that He places in our hearts confirms that we are His and He loves us dearly. I Praise God for your spiritual experience. Thank you for sharing your story and reaffirming our faith in Him too. God Bless.

Susan - Feb 9, 2009

God is alive! This is a testimony that God is surely alive and with us all the time. All we have to do is trust and believe! Praise God!

Dan - Feb 9, 2009

Thank you for sharing your story. I am currently in a struggle of Trust and you have given me courage.

Ivonne Calvo - Feb 9, 2009

I prayed the Mercy Rosary and when my Son change the channel by accident , the airplane was in the news, I said Thank God It Was Tú Divina Misericordia. God Bless You Fred He love You So much and all the people who was into the plane.

nanamummy@aol.com - Feb 9, 2009

The pilot has said that while he was problem solving, he left the praying to the folks in the back. Fred was 'on board' as part of the team. God bless America.

Thom A. Martin - Feb 9, 2009

Oh My God in Heaven...........

Carrie - Feb 9, 2009

Praise God and our Lord Jesus Christ for his Mercy! Many thanks to Fred for sharing his awesome and inspiring hour of mercy story. Our Lord works in mysterious ways in the silence of our hearts and minds. Our Lord is always with us, It's amazing where we are when during our day to day activities, He calls to us and we in turn are graced to listen to Him. In Fred's case a hotel room in NYC. Here's an idea, as a mercy reminder, set your cell phone alarm to 3:00pm as a daily reminder of his hour of Mercy. Jesus, I trust in you!

Mel - Feb 9, 2009

Oh my, I have prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and also have prayed the Rosary many days. One time a friend of mine Joann and myself prayed the Rosary Novena for my son to come home from his fourth war deployment in 2007 safely. It was a 54 day Novena to our Holy Mother Mary and to Our Lord. We prayed it not knowing what day my son would return and I finally figured out by counting out the Novena that it ended on Thanksgiving Day 2007. My son came home from his fourth tour of duty, after a long 15 month tour on Thanksgiving day. The very same day the 54 day Rosary Novena ended. As well we did not know any of this when we began the Novena. Now also I have prayed the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and now I understand why every single time I see the numbers 555 someone becomes pregnant. It is the Divine Mercy 5+5+5=15 at work, it is Gods Divine Mercy and to bring more life into this world and bring a gift to us as a family and also part of the 15 promises. I have prayed for children to be born and this has been an answer to my prayers. MY oh MY 555. I am fixing to become a grandmother again. A grandson from the son that came home from war after two Catholics praying a 54 day Novena of the Rosary and seeing the numbers 555 before I even knew my daughterinlaw was pregnant. God is so merciful. I am over whelmed with this all right now. The 5+5+5=15 just hit me after reading this story. Praise Be to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, may he recieve the glory of my testimony to these miracles as well.

Catherine - Feb 9, 2009

Thank you for another living link in
God's divine providence. As I too, a slow learner, have come to know God's love, mercy,and His permissive Will--I am in constant awe at how God customizes each person's experiences. For He alonedoes indeed know where our strengths and blindnesses are, and reaches out to touch us personally/individually in order to allow us to receive His message and thereby to embrace Him
more deeply, fully and sincerely.
Thank you for printing this testimony.C

Linda Rose - Feb 9, 2009

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story of God's mercy.
We see that God's mercy was manifested in his providence by allowing Fred to find the booklet and recite the chaplet the night before the accident. This merciful providence is again revealed to all who will later find out about
the Miracle on the Hudson River. I will share this miracle with all of my friends. Linda Rose

Ron - Feb 9, 2009

Beautiful thoughts and the proof that God prepares us for whatever happens. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. I survived and the realization was God pulled me through this. I had not prayed the rosary for years. I started praying it and try to do it on a daily basis. I always go to mass early enough that I have time to pray the rosary before mass on Sunday.

Chuck Badalamenti...MEN of the SACRED HEARTS - Feb 9, 2009

When he was interviewed on 60 minutes, the pilot "Sully" was asked if he was praying during the ordeal. His answer was that he knew that there was a lot of praying going on behind him, he had to concentrate on landing the aircraft.

Bridget - Feb 9, 2009

God promises to hear the cry of the poor, bless God!

I believe God was calling this gentleman to Himself, just as He calls us to come close. It is tragic if we choose to ignore those promptings! There is no doubt that God showed great mercy that day on the Hudson River and I give Him all the glory, honor and praise! Lift Jesus higher!

Bridget - Feb 9, 2009

God promises to hear the cry of the poor, bless God! He promises to save those who cry out to Him and Him alone.

I believe God was calling this gentleman to Himself, just as He calls us to come close. It is tragic if we choose to ignore those promptings! There is no doubt that God showed great mercy that day on the Hudson River and I give Him all the glory, honor and praise! Lift Jesus higher!

maritoni - Feb 9, 2009

an inspiring story. i too had experienced the grace of divine mercy. my husband had cranial surgery due to brain abcess. but b4 the operation he became semi-comatose. we prayed to the divine mercy every hour and every now and then. praise God and my husband didn't even have to be transferred to the icu. he recuperated and became strong enough to undergo the operation. and now, 5 mos after the surgery, my husband is getting stronger.Jesus King of Mercy we trust in you.

claudette - Feb 9, 2009

i belong to a prayer group that prays the chaplet of the divine mercy. I truely believe that our lord played a great role in that plane crash. i have emailed this to all my friends in my address book catholics and non chathoics including one i spoke to recently about the rosary and she told me that she is scared of it, i pray that this testamony will bring light to her and the many others who are scared of the rosary. Thank you for sharing.

New Convert - Feb 9, 2009

Now THIS is what it's all about to be Catholic! I was Protestant for the first 56 years of my life. I've been Catholic for three years. The Eucharist and the Church have become the center of my life, but I have especially enjoyed learning to pray the Rosary and ,yes, the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The rest of the world just doesn't know waht they are missing! Thank you Jesus!

Frances Wilkinson - Feb 9, 2009

Thank you so much for this beautiful story. I knew in my heart that this was one Miraculous beautiful Act of Our Blessed Triune God, and I believe wholeheartedly that Our Father is so pleased when we call upon Him through
Eyes and words and maybe silent p[prayers from the heart full of faith,
He will work His wonders to witness just
how Merciful and awesome He is .

I have many incredible stories about hoe God saved me (a great sinner),
one especially being that He saved me from an uncertain death and perhaps eternal Hell, when upon living lost for so long in a fog of self hatred, depression and finally alcoholism to numb out
the pain of how I felt so worthless,
and was so horrible , I decided to
better end my life, because I was so useless and a despicable human being,-
He heard my heart as I took an overdose of pills and drank
26oz. of vodka, crying
out for mercy and saying the Novena to St. Jude, not expecting that God cared tohear from me as I had been such a terrible person.

He heard that deep down I did not want to die, but felt so much pain, and self-loathing, and somehow my hair caught fire that night, and as I in
a drunken and drugged state attempted to put it out, went into shock, to awaken 11 days later after undergoing
5 skin graft operations and surviving
2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree burns to over 45% of my body. My face was not burnt!,
even though I apparently had been lying down for over 2 hours.

I say my Guardian Angel woke me up to call a friend whose name happens to be Micheal, and I said "I burnt my hair off". He then called 911 an the rest would take a big book to relate all that
God has done in my life. Stopping the alcohol , stopping living immorally,
bringing me back to my Roman Catholic Faith in a big way, with weekly Confession , an awesome Love of daily Mass and, and Eucharistic Adoration,
and of Our Blessed Mother Mary. I began praying my Rosary again whilst recovering from the initial burns, working
at centre here in Ottawa, , Ont., Canada, the Holy Spirit led me to,
called His Mercy, where a man I deem a Saint Bill MacKeckern told me all about
the Chapel of Divine Mercy, and handed me my first book, by Sister Faustina.
I spent one of the most beautiful Christmas' of my life working there,
attending my 12 step Alcothon, going
to Midnight Mass and later that day
Christmas Day, attending another Mass.

God has done so much .. My heart bursts
for Love for Him and I want to Love peole as He does, and this is my prayer.

Thank You Lord, I love and adore you, teach me to love as you love.

God also gave me a beautiful husband I met in the program, and we watch E.W.T.N. and try to grow in God,s Love and Mercy for our fellows and to try to be merciful and
always forgive as Our Lord has done for us.

I am now involved with the Silent No
More Awareness Campaign, and trying to share what the abortion experience
did to me, with others, so people will know , Life is Sacred. All I want to do is God's Will and for me that is Everything to promote and save lives and inform people of God's Truth, by
how I live and how He loved me so much, even when I could not fathom anyone
loving me.

Thank you for allowing me a chance to share God's Mercy and Love in my life
,
God Bless you all,
Frances

poul - Feb 10, 2009

always pray to god ask help from mother of god they anwser our pry . in many times when i asked them they helpe me i pray in enemy prisen and god free me in deep ocean and he save me in to many bad times he never forget me pray from ur hurt and u will be anwser ask for peacs always all glory be to god almighty ameen

Rose R. - Feb 10, 2009

I am very touched by the story. I always believe in God and His care for us. I am certain it was a miracle that the plane and his passengers was saved. Jesus was there.

Bold Believer - Feb 10, 2009

Faithful is all I can say! We must be faithful that out Lord died for us and when we are given second chances we must listen! Each one of those passengers has a calling on them and I pray that each of them finds it! It's our Real LOST! What story does each of those people embrace that could create LIFE or change our world!
How fabulous is God's Mercy!

Saundra Field - Feb 10, 2009

Tears ran down my face as I read this story. It was so wonderful to hear how one more person has come to understand the true meaning of God's mercy, that is available to each of us. Praise God!

Mary Grace - Feb 10, 2009

Ain't God perfet.
I had a dream of Mary, she is so filled with the light of love for you and me, and even for our "enemies."
I resolve to pray more, and to be mindful of God's hand of love and mercy in all I do.
Peace.

Maura from CT. - Feb 10, 2009

What an awesome story and it was so inspiring to read. I have seen God work in my life in geat ways and your story and the power of the St. Michael prayer as the plane hit the water is incredible. I was very moved by your story and it reminds me to take the time to pray the Chaplet of Devine Mercy. A movie should be made out of this. Also, I have met Vinny Flynn before and his brother is a priest at my church. God Bless you.

Friend Not Foe of Maura's-Massachusetts - Feb 10, 2009

This story brings hope during a time of great confusion, tremendous hurt and deep sorrow.

Clearly anyone who commented here would love the opportunity to speak to Fred in person. Very important to hear words and see the truth.

We are taught to trust and have faith. I want to trust and do continue to have faith.

Many have commented that the pictures of the plane in the middle of Hudson River resembled a Cross. I agree, but I would like to point out that the plane could also be viewed as a Dove. A Perfect Christian symbol from heaven. A symbol of hope and peace.

God knows too well how desperately we need hope and peace in this mixed up world.

PS. I might have met Vinny about 18 years ago when a small group of strangers formed a Rosary group after the 7PM mass at St. Raphael's Church-Medford, MA

servant of the Lord - Feb 10, 2009

I believe in trusting the Lord at all times. This is a great story for all to see. I hope it is seen and read by many people, especially those who don't know the Lord intimately.
I to have had a near life experience but I was in a car. I also pray the rosary often and have read Sr Faustina's small booklet on her life experiece and the chaplet prayer.
f.r.o.g.
those intials stand for: fully rely on God.

Lydia - Feb 10, 2009

Beautiful story! What an eye opener! Thank you Jesus and Blessed Mother Mary We trust in you! especially during this hard difficult time in our nation that should be under GOD and not over GOD.

Friend of Jesus - Feb 10, 2009

How could anyone read this story and not be a believer? God is REAL, has a plan for us and guides us through daily life. Praise God!

True Devotion - Feb 10, 2009

Just yesterday I searched for your story on the internet. I had heard bits of your story from a friend.Today here it is. Thank you for sharing your story. I will pass this on . I pray that you continue to share this with many people. Blessed be to God Our Father. Amen.

Allan L. Miranda /Pinag-isang puso;El Shaddai - Feb 11, 2009

praise the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ our saviour and redeemer.yes I do believe in the power of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.in a matter of seconds we can definitely feel His mighty presence especially in times of troubles just like what happened to that plane crash.It only shows one thing,that we must give our trust and faith to our Lord God and ask for His DIVINE MERCY at all times.God bless us all

jjfm - Feb 11, 2009

stories like this is an inspiration, same as what happened to me that i couldn't help but to share God' divine interception and grace in my life....i have experienced a lot of down turn in life and i can truly say the Lord has always been there for me , in every obstacle i have encountered He proved His words and promise with the intercession and aid of our dear Mother Mary. I lost a son just months ago and i reallly did not know how to cope plus with all the different misfortunes we had in our life that happened almost consecutively like a rope with no end until i discovered the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy , then i joined and recited it almost everyday with the rosary, now without knowing i am slowly coping and have accepted everything, i feel a brighter future and life ahead.....truly like the footprints in the sand says....He did not left me instead He carried me when barely i couldn't walk on my own anymore. PRAISE TO GOD!!!HE is always there when everything seems with no answer.....

Another servant of our Lord - Feb 11, 2009

Our God is an awesome God! Fred, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. I believe you have helped bring forth others to become soldiers of Christ. Life is so precious. Again, thank you and I am so happy for you and your family.

Vivian Toscano - Feb 11, 2009

Great article in this time of crisis. It shows that the only real thing we have is God and His mercy. Without God nothing can go right in ones live or in the world. God is peace and order and that is what we need in this world. This is another testimony to show us that we are nothing if we keep God out of our lives and out of the world.
Let's give all the control to God and everything will fall back into peace, and order.

Selene Santoyo - Feb 11, 2009

Bendito mi Dios Celestial el es nuestro universo y nos ama. Gracias a Dios por darle una opostunidad mas. Dios esta con nosotros SIEMPRE. Munchas Bendiciones a todo aquel en ese avion.

Cheryl - Feb 11, 2009

Indeed a wonderful testament of God's continuing presence with us! We are in the age of automation and have perfected the art of "flying" from one place to another - in the air -while "disturbing " God's other creations - the "geese" in this analogy - that caused all aboard to be brought to the bottom of the "river", close to Wall Street. But He raises us up....on the last day! The passengers were all saved. The miracle of HOPE that this event represents seems to be that with trust and faith in God and with the support of each other, we will come out of the depths of the economic destruction that the nation finds itself in so that we can begin to live again for the greater glory of God. Balance must be restored and maintained with the "rest of the world" - the rest of God's creatures.

3 degrees of seperation...Youth Ministery at St Joseph's Winsted Ct - Feb 11, 2009

I heard of Fred's experience with his prayer to The Divine Mercy, and how He called Vinny Flynn. (After reading this article, that connection is even more beautiful then I had Heard)
We know the Flynn's through one of their daughters who has come to our Youth Ministry here in Winsted
Prior to hearing Fred's witness, I was just explaining to our 13 year old daughter how connected we are to eachother, through God, our Fathers, Divine Plan.
Though Fred Lives in N.C., we are only 3 degrees away from eachother.
We ,The Body of Christ, share in this way in His Mystical Body. We share in each others Joys and Sorrows as well..
Fred Thank you for stopping and listening to the Holy Spirit's promptings...to go to Mass, to stop and reflect and read... to pray.

Thank You Jesus and Mary Thank you Holy Spirit for moving Fred in the direction of your Love and Mercy. You are so good to us......
We're happy for your Family Fred, and for all those saved that day through the Divine Mercy of Jesus.

Jesus.. Help us all to love you and eachother more each day.

Federico Hernandez - Feb 11, 2009

This story should be published widely for the world to know the truth about God and His infinite goodness and mercy.
Thank you Fred B. for sharing this with us. I will pass it on.

Thelma of Glendale, Arizona - Feb 11, 2009

When I saw from the news the miracle
landing of US Airways at Hudson River, I felt that there was someone somewhere
whether passengers or on the ground recited a very powerful prayer. Now that
it was confirmed to me by the testimony of Fred. Jesus said to Saint Faustina, when you pray the Chaplet everything will be given to us if it is for the greater glory of God and the salvation of our soul. Jesus wants us to know how merciful God is. God says, "I will save those who acknowledge me as Lord, When they call to me, I will rescue them with long life: I will save them." Psalms 91..

Mary is my Mother - Feb 11, 2009, Feast of our lady of Lourdes - Feb 11, 2009

Iknew of the Divine Mercy on second Sunday of Easter 1988 without knowing it was the Feast of Divine Mercy. Since then it is my favorite prayer. My Dear FRed, we thank God for His mercy.

Lourdes Quintero from San Juan,Puerto Rico. - Feb 11, 2009

I will do my best in english.I was cautivated about this great story.Jesus uses any situation to give another oportunity to the World to show how big and mercifull his love is.Im devoted of the Divine Mercy and I saw before that miracles happens.Big and imposible things that touched my life forever.I recommend you all to fullfill your trust in God by summerging deeply in his sacret heart full of Mercy by remembering his sorrowfull passion at 3:00pm.with thankfullness.God bless.Lourdes

Anna Libanio - Feb 11, 2009

I always prayed the Chapelet of Divine Mercy, and I always received many miracles for me and for others people.
This article is spetacular. Thanks!!!

Annie Melendez - Feb 12, 2009

Praise God!! I believe! I believe!.

I must tell you I pray the Divine Mercy Rosary almost every day, I pray the Divine Mercy novena occasionally, especially when a family/friend is ill. It is so powerful!, but you must pray with an open heart to Jesus.

Speaking of planes; I don't like flying! but, through these constant prayers I have learned to Trust in the Lord. Everytime I will take a flight, I carry my Divine Mercy Chaplet/Book, my Rosary of course, and I pray must of the time on the flights, and always trusting and asking Jesus to lead and guide the Pilots and Co-Pilots.

This flight was saved by these powerful prayers from Fred and many/all on this flight, and God gives us a second chance so we may changed, convert; pray everyday; forgive; and also to let us know that he is the only one with power in this world.
Remember, with God all is possible and nothing is impossible!!
Open your heart to Jesus Christ and you will feel in heaven on this earth. God Bless You! and may his Mother Mary intercede for all of us.

Daphne, DK - Feb 12, 2009

I had a tear drop upon reading this article.I was touched with the message of this experience shared. I hope this could also touch and make belive on the people who will read this article. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Kay - Feb 12, 2009

Thank you so much and God bless you, Fred. I was so moved by your sharing that experience. God surely answered your prayers and saved all those people due to your crying out to Him.

Rev. Fr. Roland Berngeh from Cameroon - Feb 12, 2009

I believe that the Mother of Divine Mercy does what She says to Her devotees. I just spoke Provincial Episcopal Conference of Bamenda about co-ordinating the Divine Mercy in the Church Province on the 4th of Feb. I am because of this story beginning with my Diocese this 28th of Feb. Pray for us. Thanks a Pritchett for this story sent to me.

Margaret Rodriguez - Feb 13, 2009

Wonderful account of an amazing faith-filled experience. I was blessed to be in Poland for Divine Mercy Sunday almost two years ago. That was a great 'shot in the arm' for my faith.
Seeing the complete devotion of the Polish people and hundreds from around the world is something I shall always remember.

Susie - Feb 14, 2009

God is so good to His children. When we seek Him, there He is. He is unlike anything we know here on earth. I had my own Divine Mercy encounter on Easter Sunday 2007. Fred's story is another confirmation that God's tender mercy is for real and we can always trust in Him. Always. Thank you, Lord. We love you.

Kathy - Feb 15, 2009

What stuck me the most was when you said, "God was preparing you for death". I felt that way 18 years ago. I was fearing the death of my own child. Yet, He was just showing me the way to Trust. Your story of Faith inspries me to truly Trust in God.

Faithful Follower in Scottsdale, AZ - Feb 15, 2009

What a wonderful and uplifting story about Fred and the flight. A lot of good will come from this near tragic event because of Fred sharing this inspirational story and showing us how God is in everything we do. God works in mysterious ways. Praise God!

GOD IS MERCIFUL!!! - Feb 16, 2009

Believe in GOD no matter what!!
Once a priest told me when you are in the most dificult time of your life say: "Jesus I trust in You". I used it one time when my life was in danger. Later on I discovered the rest of the prayer of the Divine Mercy. IT WORKS!!!

Julia in Ivydale, WV - Feb 17, 2009

When I first saw the newsbreak about the crash I didn't think anyone could have survived. I thought it was a miracle after learning there were no casualties. Reading this story from Fred Berretta reaffirms my belief it truly was a miracle!

Connie - Feb 17, 2009

When I saw the news I noted that it was the Hour of Mercy and thought that Catholics on board may have been "behind the Miracle of Mercy". This story confirms it. Praise Jesus Christ and His Unfathomable Mercy!

Norm Beznoska - Feb 17, 2009

Divine Mercy works, everyday, IF we only take the time to remember Jesus' promises to St.Faustina.

Only ten minutes a day, compared to three hours on the cross....that's all God asks of us.

Anna - Feb 17, 2009

Thank you for this inspiring story. It reaffirmed my devotion to the Divine Mercy and made my faith stronger to our Lord Jesus Christ and to God Almighty.

Page - Feb 18, 2009

Praise be to God.

Joem Erestain - Feb 18, 2009

Praise be to God!

ANTONETTE - Feb 19, 2009

Welcome home! I truely believe and have seen the power of the Divine Mercy. All a person needs is FAITH! Even the weakest of faith will work. GOD LOVES US!! Pray the Divine Mercy pray often.

maryS - Feb 20, 2009

God is really good,all the time.

A return to commited faith - Feb 20, 2009

I truly believe in signs and Fred's story is one of complete thankfulness. Faith can move mountains!

Yuillie - Feb 21, 2009

What a mighty God we serve. God's mercy is always with us. I too say the chaplet of the Divine mercy and at 3pm every day I say the mercy prayer.I experience God's mercy each and every day. Praise be to God

Decon Jay - Feb 22, 2009

Let us put this same trust in His mercy for our Country.

luisa - Feb 23, 2009

All glory to our Lord and savior.

Raul - Feb 25, 2009

God is so good to us.His mercy endures forever. We always pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every Saturday before the Holy Rosary in our Parish.

teresarigney - Feb 25, 2009

God is good, His mercy endures forever! I received this email about 10 days ago, and I did not have time to read it. I just opened it, and as I read, I looked up and saw the time was 3:06PM! I am asking for prayers for Marty......for God to heal her!

Father Paul Grala, S.O.L.T. - Feb 28, 2009

JMJ
Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!
Fred, may your testimony kindle the hearts of all Christians, and rekindle the hearts of those who have been away from their respective churches.
God bless you!
Father Paul Grala

Mrs.A.nazareth da Gama - Mar 1, 2009

Thank u Fred.My son Louis spends many days away from his family flying to distant places.I will no longer worry about him & his family as I entrust them
to The Divine Mercy.Like u Fred I know He will keep all safe,and keep us in His ever loving care.

cygon - Mar 2, 2009

I noticed that the passengers were walking on water, but I did not notice that the plane was a 'cross' (different picture angle). Miracles do not happen all the time; if they did they will not be miracles. Sometimes, disaster happens to draw us closer to God. I once saw a poster when I was a student, of a kitten hanging precariously from a limb, by 3 claws, with a bewildered look on its face. The caption below said, "It is not faith until its all you're holding on to." I wish I had bought that poster. I did not, but it was etched permanently in my heart;the message carried me thru a very difficult period, and it still carries me thru every calvary of my life more than 3 decades later.

Peter Lepre - Mar 3, 2009

OUR LORD:S LOVE & MERCY HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!EVERY DAY WE MUST REMEMBER WE ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS EYES ! FRED THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFULL STORY.OUR BLESSED MOTHER BROUGHT ME TO OUR LORD AND ST. FAUSTINA SHOWED ME HOW TO LEARN FROM OUR LORD! IF ONLY PEOPLE REALIZED HOW RICH AND BEAUTIFULL OUR FAITH REALLY IS WE WOULD BE BETTER OFF.THANK YOU FOR BEING ATTENTIVE TO GOD:S LOVE!

Patti Ford - Mar 3, 2009

Please pray that Divine Mercy Church in Merritt Island, Florida will be inspired to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and spread the Divine Mercy devotion. Everyone should read Sister Faustina's Diary. It is so inspiring.

Divine Mercy Apostle - Apr 22, 2009

I lost my husband 5 hours after praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy on February 15, 2007 at 1:00 am. He underwent quadruple bypass the day before and never recovered. The Chaplet gave me inner peace to trust Jesus that He would do the best for my husband, for me and for my two sons. I was advised by my spiritual director the night before to give everything to the will of God. So, I did. God is good, loving and merciful!

Of Humble Heart - May 13, 2009

I truly belive that one prayer by Fred during the Holy Hour allowed Lord Jesus to show His Divine Mercy. God is not bound by time and space. Lord Jesus arranged for the pilot to be the one on that flight and the crew to be where they were. Also, there was no panic on the plane even after it touched down in the river. To see every surviving soul standing on the wings of that plane is clear evidence of Divine Intervention.

Janet - Jun 9, 2009

What an amazing story -- so glad it all turned out the way it did, and I truly believe this was a miracle. That's not to take anything away from the wonderful Captain and Crew, but I believe, Jesus was with them all on this flight.
Was wondering if Fred ever does speaking engagements. I am the Admin Asst. of a church in Huntersville, NC and would our congregation to hear this inspirational story of faith.
Wouldn't want to intrude on his privacy, so I'll leave it to faith:)

Boy - Jun 25, 2009

Praise God! When I saw the coverage of that incident I knew that there was a profound message attached to it. God showed the world that amidst the chaos and crisis that we are faced is a stray of HOPE. There is nothing...so difficult..so complicated..so impossible.. if you believed! HALLELUJAH!

Pamela Teresa - Jun 26, 2009

I have been praying the dIVINE MERCY CHARPLET and other prayers I would like to inform everyone and to confirm Freds testimony. These things work. I oprayed a noven with the charplet and God answered me The answer was bad but it was true.

Catherine Therese from-Ohio - Oct 14, 2009

Wow! What a powerful article. And some people don't believe in miracles!!!

Tina - Jan 15, 2010

Hey, I say let us go and say the chaplet of Divine Mercy NOW! To thank God. It is exactly 1 yr ago when it happened. Where I am there is an hour to go before the Great Hour and I will be down on my knees saying the Chaplet. This time to Commemorate the Hudson Miracle. I love The Divine Mercy Chaplet, and am grateful for you guys spreading the beautiful Faith. Am in Tanzania, East Africa.

April - Jan 17, 2010

I also received the email of God holding the plane but it got deleted by accident. I was in tears when I saw the picture and want to save it to look at always. If anyone can tell me where to get a copy of that email or that picture again it would be greatly appreciated. I will check back for any answers. Thank you and God bless.

stephen todd oldham - May 23, 2010

can everyone pray for me and my family i had an addcition to pain meds that destroyed my life and my families ,and now with court charges ref dr shopping im in fear of prison please pray that my charges will be reduced or dropped with no prison terms my court date is june 17 2010 i need prayers and support
god bless everyone

Rosy - Oct 17, 2010

I to have made this novina many times, where I was very helpless, and the Divine Mercy had answered my prayers.

Margaret Ellis - Feb 19, 2011

What a joy to my soul to read this story. The Lord is good. As a teenager in Greenville, MS I may have been a babysitter for Freddie and his two sisters before the family moved to Fort Lauderdale around 1970. My sister and I have commented often on the blessing that family was in our lives.

Antoinette Yamouni. - Oct 20, 2011

May The Name Of God be Glorified in all things. This is a wonderful boost to those weak in Spirit and Faith. This is simply one of the most beautiful stories I have read which will remain with me for life. I recently took a photo of the Monstrance held by a Monk as he was giving a blessing to all attending Mass. I have photos of many Saints in my iphone but did not have one of the Monstrance.( a vessel which contains a large host representing the Body Of Jesus). It is usually left on the Altar after so that people may sit in silence and speak to the Blessed Eucharist, stored in it. Later in the day I checked to see what the photo, and found, instead of the Monstrance, was the FACE OF JESUS. The only explanation I had was that Jesus wanted us to realy believe that we are receiving Him when we receive the Bread in Communion.

So I most definately believe that anything is possible with my Sweet Jesus, whom I call "the Love Of My Life". Blessed be Your Holy Name my dear Jesus.

Endale Nasah - Dec 27, 2011

Wonderful testimony - the Divine Mercy is great - a balm for our weary world

Raphaela - Apr 15, 2012

The night before the -plane landing on the hudson river-story came in the newspapers I had a dream. I was in an airplaine, the airplane was going to crash and I knew we would all die. I started to pray the Lords-prayer and prepare to die. I saw the houses and buildings come closer as I looked out of the planes window. then all of a sudden the plane was landing and nobody died. This dream I had the night before the news hit the papers about the miracle on the Hudson River. God bless

Esther - Sep 17, 2012

thank you very much fred. personally, this testimony has reawakened me to redevote myself to the divine mercy

Rev. A. Edward Moch D.D. - Feb 11, 2014

Did you know... On that Faithful day, the flight path of Disabled Flight 1549 flew over The Fordham/Bedford Park Section of The Bronx. What makes it unique was in 1962 "Two Young Boys" saw and reported an Apparition of "The Christ", that was later directly associated with the revival of "The Divine Mercy" and the reverification of The Documentation of ST. Faustina of Poland. The timing of "The Divine Mercy Prayers" over The Bronx was definitely a Divine Mercy Miracle.

Jude - Sep 9, 2016

I lost my job in a cleaning company in Dubai. And was in my accommodation for about two months without salary. I prayed to Jesus help me find job as I had planned to go back home in India. I attended a couple of interviews but no confirmation. I always pray Divine Mercy Rosary and I left everything in the hands of our Lord. On Sept 7 just before our Lady's birthday, I get a call from one of the company asking me to come and sign the offer letter.
I thank the Lord with all my heart for this opportunity. Praise be to God.

Fatima - Sep 10, 2016

What a beautuful story. It always amazes me how God comes through and answers our prayers when we come to him in pure humility. Incredibly how, through our greatest despair, we are saved in soo many ways. Thank you sweet Jesus for your Mercy and Grace. Thank you for sharing!

Sara - Sep 12, 2016

Thank you for reminding me the promises to those that pray constantly and that my faith and trust in God, The Trinity and the scriptures passed from generation to generation are never in vain.