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Jesus Keeps His Promises
To my amazement, there was no damage to my house or grounds.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1931, our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the Heart, from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. She gazed intently at the Lord in silence, her soul filled with awe, but also with great joy. Jesus said to her: "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish" (Diary of St. Faustina, 47).
The following is one man's miraculous experience of Divine Mercy through the powerful image. His name is Ron Ragelis, and last October he found himself in the path of a terrifying storm. Here is his account:
Late in the evening of Oct. 29, within hours of the brunt of Superstorm Sandy's landfall in New London, Conn., my immediate neighborhood was ordered to evacuate by the local authorities. My residential property is within 200 yards of the seawall and beachfront. Tidal surges of up to 11 feet were predicted, with sustained heavy winds of more than 80 miles per hour, all at lunar high tide.
As I prepared an emergency duffle bag for a few days' exodus from my home, I pondered additional protective measures for my property. Two more actions needed to be taken before my evacuation. I shut off the furnance, and then to invoke the Divine Mercy (Jesus Himself), I removed the framed, canvas Divine Mercy image (the Vilnius version) from my mantlepiece.
Then, I walked out to the backyard veranda with the image in hand. With no rain or seaspray yet that could damage the image, I held it face up toward heaven and made the Sign of the Cross, with the image facing the direction of the oncoming storm. While I was making the Sign of the Cross, I began to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet — using the same words in the Diary that St. Faustina prayed to turn back the avenging angel who was about to strike the earth. I then returned the image to the mantlepiece, locked the front door, and left.
When I was allowed to return to my house a day and a half later, I had to park my car a block away due to the massive damage from the tidal surges and heavy winds. This damage included but was not limited to downed electrical wires, trees, transformers, blasted-out seawalls, structural damage to homes, debris, and tons of beach sand that had been displaced on the main waterfront access road.
I crossed over the police line to my street and walked to my residential property. To my amazement, there was no damage to my house or grounds. Even the 21 beautiful Canadian Emerald Green Arborvitae that line the rear water side of my property were untouched. In comparison, the houses that surround mine sustained either fallen trees, roof damage, or basement flooding. Upon further inspection of my house, there was no loss of power or water in the basement, and I turned on the furnace without incident.
The street adjacent to my property, which provides direct access to the seawall and beachfront, revealed more telling evidence. The sea surge had stopped right at my property line. This was evident for two main reasons. First, the debris field of sand, seaweed, and salt film stopped right at my property line. Secondly, my immediate neighbor (who did not evacuate and who is located to the rear of my property toward the water) stated that the surge of seawater had stopped at my property line.
I believe with 100 percent certainty that Jesus, via the image of Divine Mercy and invoked with the chaplet, protected my property. In the Divine Mercy image, we see Jesus' foot stepping toward us and His right hand raised in blessing. Jesus calls us to respond to Him as He steps toward us. With His arm raised in blessing, He gives us the grace to act in trust.
Moved by grace, as the storm approached, I asked Jesus for help and placed my trust in Him. He took care of the rest.
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