I've Seen Firsthand the Power of the Chaplet
By Helen Hurley
When I first read the Diary of St. Faustina about 16 years ago, it was like cracking open a bag of potato chips: I couldn't put it down! And so began my journey into the message of Divine Mercy.
At one point in the Diary, Jesus shares a powerful prayer with St. Faustina called the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. Then, He says: "Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior" (Diary, 1541).
During my volunteer work, I've seen firsthand the power in reciting the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.
Once, the mother of a hospital staff member was dying and in a coma. I told the staff member about the Chaplet, but she wasn't interested. Still, I told her I would go home and pray the Chaplet for her mom's soul. About two weeks later, she stopped me and begged me for a copy of the Chaplet. Evidently, just before her mom died, her mom sat up in her bed and looked across the room with a smile on her face. The staff member became a believer and sensed her mom saw Jesus.
My mothers' best friend was dying in a nursing home. She was in a coma. I went to pray the Chaplet over her. Her son was there in the room, and I told him about the Chaplet and the promise from Jesus. Though he told me he didn't believe, he allowed me to pray the Chaplet. As I got to her bed I noticed her breathing was labored. I laid my rosary on her chest. After the first decade of the Chaplet, her breathing became normal. I finished the Chaplet and whispered in her ear that Jesus would be at her side when He called her home.
As I walked out of the room, her son only nodded. Then, at the wake, he stopped me and we went into a private room. He begged me for the Chaplet and said he now believed. He told me that after I left his mother's room, he sat by her side and noticed her breathing became gentle and normal. She then died in his arms peacefully.
My brother-in-law was dying. At the nursing home, I asked his wife if I might pray the Chaplet for him. I went into his room. He had a high fever and hadn't responded in days. I whispered in his ear what the prayer was all about. The rest of the family had come into the room after me. I heard crying, and when I finished, I opened my eyes. Ed's daughter and son said their father opened his eyes and was trying to talk while I was praying. The next day, his fever was gone, and he was extremely peaceful as he died.
Jesus is the healer, and He uses ordinary people to be the instruments so we can witness, spread the message, and save souls. All we need to do is open ourselves up to His love and do what He asks of us. Listen to your heart as you pray the Chaplet. Answer His call. You will be forever changed by praying the Chaplet for other souls.