Photo: Courtesy of Aimee Husaynu
Power of the Chaplet
She knew the only thing she could do was to pray
Countless people have had their lives changed through praying a simple prayer that our Lord gave to St. Faustina in the 1930s. The Lord made it clear that this prayer — the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy — was not just for St. Faustina, but for the whole world, and He attached extraordinary promises to its recitation.
"Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will," Jesus said (Diary of St. Faustina, 1731).
Four years ago, Aimee Husaynu wanted something — badly. Until that point in her life, she was accustomed to getting what she wanted, whether it was clothes, cars, houses, you name it. But all the financial independence and material wealth she had gained through a successful career as a registered dietician wasn't enough to get this particular wish.
She wanted a husband. She wanted a family.
"I had never married. I was so career oriented, but when I turned 40 four years ago, I reevaluated everything," says Aimee, of Royal Oak, Michigan. "I wanted to get married, and I wanted to do everything in my power to make it happen."
She knew the only thing she could do was to pray.
"I have nine brothers and sisters, and I'd look around at family get togethers and think, 'What am I doing with my life?' I put my personal life and spiritual life second to my career," Aimee says.
So she quit her second and third jobs to make more time for herself. She joined a group of eight fellow parishioners at her parish who prayed a novena each Tuesday night that included praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.
"I was the youngest in the group, by far," Aimee says. "One of the women asked me what I was doing there, and I said I was praying for a miracle — that I wanted to get married. So all the members of the group started praying for me."
At the time, Aimee knew nothing about the Chaplet. But her sister Malissa was quite familiar with it. After enduring two failed adoptions and multiple miscarriages, Malissa began to pray the Chaplet to have a baby. Her prayers were answered in 2001 when she adopted a baby girl.
"She knew how powerful the Chaplet was even before I did," says Aimee. Now, it was Aimee's turn to experience the power of the Chaplet.
About a year after she began praying it, she and Malissa and a family friend took a trip to Florida that would change Aimee's life. The three women wound up sharing a cab with a stockbroker named Randy.
It turned out Randy lived merely a half mile away from Aimee in Royal Oak. A devout Catholic, he even attended the same parish as Aimee. That night, the three women joined Randy and his friends at a party. During the course of the evening, Malissa was speaking with Randy and learned that he, too, had a strong devotion to The Divine Mercy. He even recited the Chaplet to Malissa.
Malissa was floored.
"You're going to marry my sister," she told him.
She was right.
"I felt very comfortable around him," Aimee recalls. "I had a gut feeling that there was something there."
Malissa gave Randy Aimee's telephone number. Back in Michigan, he called, and they went on a date. Aimee says it was the best date she had ever been on.
"I remember we asked each other what was the most important things in each other's lives," says Aimee. We both responded: 'Faith and my family.' "
They were married on May 27, 2004.
After the honeymoon, Aimee returned to her novena group and began praying to get pregnant. Indeed, the whole group began to pray for that intention. Aimee wasn't hopeful. Her age raised the risk level. Plus, several of her sisters had various difficulties having children.
"My husband and I were just so happy and grateful that we had each other and that God brought us together," Aimee says. "We didn't think we'd have a baby, and we were OK with that."
Six months after her wedding day, she got pregnant. On Aug. 14, 2005, their healthy baby girl was born. They named her Faustina.
"Because of our faith in the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy," Aimee says. "Our families, our friends, we all just knew that everything that had happened — how Randy and I met, and the birth of our baby — was divine intervention. When you put your trust in God, anything can happen."
It turns out that the name, "Faustina," not only serves as an homage to the Apostle of Divine Mercy. It also serves a tactical function, says Aimee. Many people ask the couple about the name.
"We tell them the whole story, and lots of times we end up giving out a pamphlet or booklet on Divine Mercy," says Aimee. "We do it in thanksgiving to God. We do it to let people know that when you put your complete trust in Him, that's when things really start happening. The power of the Lord becomes evident."
Learn more about Divine Mercy with The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion.