'Through Sacrifice and Prayer'
"My daughter, I want to instruct you on how you are to rescue souls through sacrifice and prayer. You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone. I want to see you as a sacrifice of living love, which only then carries weight before Me."
— Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary of St. Faustina, 1767.
By Jay Hastings
Kay is a member of our Divine Mercy prayer group. It was a Thursday evening. She was adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament the best she could, though her back was sore, and she was tired and uncomfortable after a long day at work.
When her hour of Adoration came to an end, she was ready to go home. But then she was called upon to stay for another hour because there was no one to fill that hour. Obediently, she stayed.
I'm sure our Lord understood the strain and sacrifice she endured.
As her second hour ended and she prepared to leave, she heard Fr. Peter calling for her. Father Peter, our parish priest and a promoter of Divine Mercy, told her about a young man whom we needed to pray over with the first-class relic of St. Faustina. Obediently, Kay agreed, and they met with him. He was going to have surgery to have a brain tumor removed. His wife and he were concerned because the X-rays showed a big tumor and they thought that the tentacles of the tumor would be so far reaching into his brain that they would not be able to remove it all.
They sought the mercy of God.
Jesus once said to St. Faustina: "My daughter, speak to priests about this inconceivable mercy of Mine. The flames of mercy are burning Me — clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them upon souls; souls just don't want to believe in My goodness" (Diary, 177).
Father Peter administered the sacrament of the sick. Then, asking for the intercession of St. Faustina, they all prayed a Chaplet of The Divine Mercy for healing and for God's will in the young man's life. The young man held the relic as they prayed. We put the young man in our prayer group's Divine Mercy Prayer Journal and prayed continuously for him.
Several days went by before we heard from the young couple. It turns out, when the doctor went in to operate, to the surprise of the doctor, the tumor was just the size of a pebble, and they were able to easily remove it. The young man and his wife gave thanks and praised God's unfathomable mercy. The young man went around the parish telling many people about the miracle of God — how he had asked for much and trusted in His goodness and mercy, and how he received much.
As for Fr. Peter, we have a priest willing to live the Divine Mercy way of life.
Our Lord once said to St. Faustina: "Write, speak of My mercy. Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy. There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one's misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated" (Diary, 1448).
Kay, in her obedience, came to understand that our Lord allowed her to have the sacrifice of suffering during her holy hour for the benefit of this young man. She was excited and deeply moved by the experience. She was a vessel of love and mercy. It was a spiritual intimacy with our Lord she will forever cherish.
Jay Hastings, of Bartlett, Tenn., is the founder of a growing group of Divine Mercy devotees who ensure that the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is being prayed every hour of the day. The 24-hour Chaplet members now consist of more than 500 people from across the United States, as well as from Mexico, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Belize, India, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq, who are assigned an hour each day in which to pray. They pray for three things: the promotion of the Divine Mercy devotion; the sick and dying in the hour that you pray; and people about to commit mortal sin. To join the 24-Hour Chaplet, contact Jay via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone, 901-438-7772.