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Day 9 of the Divine Mercy Novena

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In the Diary of St. Faustina, Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention. Those intentions are: all mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm.

Our Lord told St. Faustina, "I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw ... strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).

Ninth Day:
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,* and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

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If you have missed a day of the novena, don't be discouraged. Read Dr. Robert Stackpole's column, "What If I Miss a Day of the Novena?"

To catch up with previous days, view our novena page.

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Jeff Rutkowski - Apr 11, 2015

Just curious, what does Jesus mean by a 'lukewarm soul'? What is a lukewarm soul?

Susan - Apr 11, 2015

We have had the most inspirational Novena and totally thrilled to have had Father Thomasz to officiate. a truly inspiring 'friend' and wise way beyond his 32 years. Filled the church with love and thought provoking and inspiring words. We love him and want to keep him! He returns to study in Rome but, by God's grace, he will return for another visit and Novena one day.

Banessie - Apr 11, 2015

Jeff, As in 'let your yes mean YES and your no mean NO.' A believer who does not share his faith is ineffective in saving souls, by not showing God's love to them. Lukewarm implies indifference, apathy. One in a drought of prayer, or not knowing God would NEED a cool sip of living water. Another, in need, perhaps facing the elements such as cold or wind would need the warmth of soup. It takes passion to care and outreach. Mostly, lukewarm implies at rest, and we pray for fervant souls ever seeking God's guidance. Peace and blessings!

Michelle - Apr 11, 2015

A lukewarm soul is tepid, indifferent or spiritually mediocre.
In the Book of Revelation tepid souls literally make God sick: "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." {Rev. 3:15) Probably more than anything this inspires me to stay fervent in my prayer and spiritual life.

Clare Clarins - Apr 11, 2015

lukewarm is indifferent, self -sufficient, treating the Lord as nether here nor there.

Donald Joseph Trojanowski - Apr 12, 2015

Jeuz Ufam Tobit

Pat - Apr 2, 2016

Lord, I pray that you have mercey on my daughter , Sherrie Cruson and heal her legs and of the uveitus disease that she suffers with.

Concerned Parent - Apr 2, 2016

Pray for Trinity St. Clair!

ericka - Apr 3, 2016

Lord I pray that my family will be together again and will live a healthy life...thank you for my blessings amen