MOMM's flagship presentation: This film brings the heart of St. Faustina's famous Diary to life in a moving and informative way. Tell All Souls About My Mercy: Includes Chaplet of... Read more
By Jay Hastings (Mar 11, 2014)
She was diagnosed with stage-4 inflammatory breast cancer, an aggressive form of cancer that spreads to other organs. She had 11 tumors on her liver and one on her spine.
Our Divine Mercy prayer group received word about the woman. Her name is Ingrid. To complicate things, Ingrid's situation was especially tragic because she has a severely autistic daughter who is also blind.
Our prayer group was asked to have someone hold our 1st-class relic of St. Faustina before the Blessed Sacrament as we prayed for healing. We held the relic in front of the Blessed Sacrament and prayed like this:
Through the intercession of St. Faustina, we implore Your mercy in virtue of Your Passion, particularly in Your abandonment at the moment of agony, for healing and God's will in the life of Ingrid.
As we pray this Chaplet of Divine Mercy we praise and glorify Your goodness and mercy.
We then proceeded to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. Two months later I received an e-mail telling me how Ingrid had gone in for an MRI, which indicated she was cancer free. The doctors are amazed, and they are bringing in other doctors to study her case. Obviously, all of us are singing praises of God's goodness and mercy as a result of Ingrid's good news. We continually see His goodness when we pray the Chaplet for the sick and dying.
Jesus makes clear to St. Faustina the power of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. "Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will," He says (Diary of St. Faustina, 1731).
Obviously, with Ingrid, it was His will that she get well.
Often, when faced with a difficult situation, many of us run to God for healing. We want healing as immediately as possible, sometimes overlooking the deeper meaning of our suffering. As St. Francis de Sales would say, "Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."
I noticed that all the saints share, in one way or another, a similar message to that inscribed under the image of the Divine Mercy: "Jesus, I Trust in You." By recognizing the importance of our sufferings and by uniting our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ, we can experience intimacy with Christ.
As our prayer group has discovered through praying over the sick and the dying, many people have been healed; but so too, have many been called to the intimacy of the cross. As St. Faustina was facing her crosses, our Lord said to her:
... there is no way to heaven except the way of the cross. I followed it first. You must learn that it is the shortest way. ... I am giving you a share in those sufferings because of My special love for you and in view of the high degree of holiness I am intending for you in Heaven. A suffering soul is closer to My heart. (Diary, 1487)
What a wonderful gift to be healed by the hands of God. But how wonderful, too, to be able to unite our sufferings with our Lord's sufferings for the sake of others. So whatever the gift, we should strive to be like St. Faustina, who trusted in Jesus, who trusted in His will, whether it meant physical healing or suffering.
As we pray the Chaplet we always praise and glorify His goodness and mercy.
Jay Hastings is the founder of a worldwide group of Divine Mercy devotees who ensures that the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is being prayed every hour of the day. To join the 24-Hour Chaplet, contact Jay via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone, 901-438-7772.