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Paul Pritchard, with his wife, Ana, and their children, Carolina, Tomas, and Marta.

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By Paul Pritchard

It was just before Christmas in 1999. My wife and I had decided to get away for a week, and so we drove to the mountains in southern Spain to go skiing. We were living in Portugal at the time. I was working as a law professor and public policy attorney.

Professionally, things were falling apart for me. The trip to Spain was an effort to get away from all the difficulties in my career. The trip turned out to be much more than that.

About half way into the week, in the early hours of the morning, I awoke from a strange and powerful dream. In my dream my wife and I were walking down a winding road. One side of the road was bordered by a river, and the other side had a line of older buildings and shops in what I suspected at the time was the town of Granada, located at the base of the mountain where we were staying. As we are walking along looking in the shop windows at the Christmas decorations, I caught a glimpse of a nativity scene on the steps of a corner building.

I was drawn to it. As we approach it, the whole nativity scene suddenly blended together and transformed into a life-size image of Jesus Christ, with water flowing down the steps and being gathered in small clay bowls. I fell to my knees and begged Him, "Let me be all I can be." I was referring at the time to my career. My prayer was for secular concerns, but, as I later found out, Christ had bigger plans for me. He wanted me to be all I could be spiritually.

In my dream, with a gesture of His right arm and with water flowing from His hand, He responded to my request by saying the word Confia, which in Portuguese means "trust."

"Confia," He said to me, as the water flowed from His hand and struck me across my chest.

At that moment, I woke up. I was so startled by this dream that I woke my wife up and told her about it.

"Paul," she said, "the only thing I can think it means is about the booklet of The Divine Mercy I gave you some time ago, and you just put it in the bedside table drawer."

It's true. She had given me a booklet on Divine Mercy, a booklet that I left off to the side without reading.

This dream started what I call a speeding freight train of spirituality. Upon my return from the trip, I found the booklet and promptly read it cover to cover. I had a burning desire to know more about the Divine Mercy, more about the revelations of St. Faustina — more about God, more about this dream, and more about me.

I went and talked to my local priests. I drove to Fatima to visit the Irish Dominican nuns. By the time I got to their convent, the sisters where closing up their little shop for the day. I pleaded for some piece of reading material — anything — in English. One of the sisters requested that I come back again the following morning. But just as she was about to close the door, she called me back and gave me a little prayer book with the title My Daily Bread. She said a sister who was no longer at that convent had left it behind and that I could have it.

As I walked away, I opened the book and found a handwritten dedication in it from one sister to another sister. It read, "To Sister Theresa of the Child Jesus, on this your Feast Day, with my prayers, Sister Faustina."

I laughed joyously when I read that. What were the chances that I'd be given a book had been dedicated by a nun named Faustina? Not only that, the book had a bookmarker inside it with an image of The Divine Mercy!

The next day, I told the Dominican sister at the little shop what her gift meant to me — that it had served as confirmation to me to embrace the message of the Divine Mercy and to build my relationship with Christ and the Church.

So now I was hooked. By that, I mean I felt like I had nowhere else to turn — no choice but to turn to God with trust. I had been raised Catholic, but just as I had done with that Divine Mercy booklet my wife had given me, I had pushed my spiritual life to the side in pursuit of my career. With blinders on, I had pursued my career until I reached a point where it had all started breaking down and I had found myself lost.

Now, here I was being reeled in to a powerful spiritual experience. I felt pulled toward an understanding of the Holy Spirit and how it acts in the world. I was being pulled into an understanding that Christ is Mercy and that He seeks to heal us and transform us into His hands and feet on earth.

I devoured book after book. I read the Bible, of course. I spoke with everyone I could. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit on Feb. 14, two months to the day of my dream. Incidentally, I found out that my dream had occurred on the Feast of St. John of the Cross (St. John of the Cross, a mystic, had established a monastery in Granada, where my dream had occurred).

The years that followed have been grace filled, difficult, adventurous, and busy. The highlights include attending a charismatic renewal program in England; promoting the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday; baptizing our son Tomas at three o'clock on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2001 (incredibly, the reading was about St. Thomas the Apostle); traveling as a family to the United States and helping to spread Divine Mercy in Florida; establishing prayer groups in England and elsewhere; earning my masters degree in pastoral counseling; being awarded an honorary Ph D in Christian counseling; and writing a book, Four Steps to Healing: Trust, Surrender, Believe & Receive in 2007.

After traveling for several years, my family and I have returned to the United States and have settled in Cape Canaveral, Fla. I had to get back to work and have subsequently returned to consulting in international business and financial law.

But I have returned to work a changed man. I no longer struggle with the spiritual aspect of things. I no longer struggle in knowing what is infinitely right and wrong. Through words, actions, and prayers, I seek to bring God's mercy into people's lives.

And I trust in Jesus in a way I never imagined or thought possible.

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rita - Jul 7, 2014

Praise God. I wish to grow more spiritualy

Alma - Jul 7, 2014

This is a beautiful story. Thank you. My own experience is not so mind blowing but nevertheless just as real. I didn't know anything about the Divine Mercy but the image just kept popping up everywhere. My sister told me she saw the colours of the Divine Mercy while on retreat, and I realised that I had no idea what she meant. This was the beginning for me, and my search continues. The desire to know more and more just doesn't end. I also have been through an awful experience, and this is when He decided to call me back to Him. What a mighty God we serve. Recently I picked up a leaflet of the chaplet intending to give it to a friend. When I asked the price, I was told it's free. The lady then proceeded to give me all the leaflets she had. As we walked into the church, a gentleman came over and handed us a stack of posters with the Divine Mercy image. I was shocked out of my mind, and knew immediately what He wanted me to do with these. I'm just a little saddened that there were so many available at no cost, but nobody was taking them. I guess He knows who needs it most and I trust I will be guided by Him who to give these to. Since He called me back to Him, my life has changed in that I feel always His absolute love for me. I am so blessed. Days are difficult but my trust in Him is unshakeable now.

Healing - Jul 7, 2014

I wish I had some spirtal awakening. I am 76 yrs old and have been depressed my whole life. Please put me in your prayers.

hellen - Jul 7, 2014

Teach me

MaryAnn - Jul 7, 2014

show me the way to spread the message of Divine Mercy ...if it's God's will for me to do it....Jesus, I trust in You!!

Divine mercy official - Jul 7, 2014

Nice story. Yes it is very powerful Rosary, keep praying every day at 3:00pm. You will see more miracles. Jesus never fail.trust in him.

Sandra - Jul 7, 2014

I am in great need of direction in my life. I am at a loss spiritually

Mary - Jul 7, 2014

I am very grateful that I read your story and I am all for Jesus and trust in HIM

Erin- July 7,2014 - Jul 7, 2014

I see the orange and green colors of the cover of Divine Mercy everyday in the clouds even on a cloudy day! My priest gave me Divine Mercy and I have been doing daily novena for a long time! I believe in the words Jesus said in novena when he said in this hour I will refuse nothing of the soul that makes a request of me in honor of my passion!!! I am able to see Christ with thorns in the tabernacle at my daily mass and I am blessed! God gives us so many graces when we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit! Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, May the Whole World burn with Love for You!!!!

Alma - Jul 7, 2014

I had known about the Divine Mercy for a long time already. Somehow, though I had the desire to be a devotee I wasn't able to practice it due to many distractions. Now, I have a rare decease called Polymyocitis and I desire to serve Him so that I may grow spiritually and contribute in my own little way to spread the devotion , restricted I may be in my movements.

Michelle Lee - Jul 7, 2014

I'm a devotee of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help & i feel that i should share my owned little way of experiencing a miracle through a SIGNS. I felt the blessings of Our Divine Mercy, I stands to Believe that it was a miracle, Believe that this is it, this is really for me & all I have to do is to Hold on & Trust God Completely for his will thy will be DONE. JEZU UFAM TOBIE ( I Trust In YOU ).
I saw the word TOBIE in a very big volume of people as in lots of people are all standing waiting for the priest to bless our palm fronds (PALASPAS) it was Palm Sunday when it happens & right away i felt something. & began starring at it but my mind & heart keep on saying thank you, thank you very much for everything for all the blessings that you bestowed upon me. Tobie word is very particular to me because I been working & pushing hard to sell a property (Lot Only) & the company, my client company's name is Tobie International. That moment when I saw the portrait image in front of me & the word TOBIE. I was really shock & feels something I couldn't explained but it just pop out into my mind that this is the answer & Gods sign of letting me know that God listens & answers my prayers. That all I have to do is believe, keep up high of my faith, patience & trust that God always Bless me a lot. A very simple & meaningful sign for me (JEZU UFAM TOBIE) that means so much in my life that I will forever be reminded & great full for. I got the deal, close the deal with the help of my dear friends & a cousin of mine, the three of them ( Totie,Jerry & Shelley are also one of God's blessings to me, giving me a chance to work with them hand in hand in time of my down moments. Sharing you on how to give importance to SIGNS & to Trust on it that God do miracles on each & everyone of US. Thank you very Much....

Bless & answered prayer through SIGN - Jul 7, 2014

I'm a devotee of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help & i feel that i should share my owned little way of experiencing a miracle through a SIGNS. I felt the blessings of Our Divine Mercy, I stands to Believe that it was a miracle, Believe that this is it, this is really for me & all I have to do is to Hold on & Trust God Completely for his will thy will be DONE. JEZU UFAM TOBIE ( I Trust In YOU ).
I saw the word TOBIE in a very big volume of people as in lots of people are all standing waiting for the priest to bless our palm fronds (PALASPAS) it was Palm Sunday when it happens & right away i felt something. & began starring at it but my mind & heart keep on saying thank you, thank you very much for everything for all the blessings that you bestowed upon me. Tobie word is very particular to me because I been working & pushing hard to sell a property (Lot Only) & the company, my client company's name is Tobie International. That moment when I saw the portrait image in front of me & the word TOBIE. I was really shock & feels something I couldn't explained but it just pop out into my mind that this is the answer & Gods sign of letting me know that God listens & answers my prayers. That all I have to do is believe, keep up high of my faith, patience & trust that God always Bless me a lot. A very simple & meaningful sign for me (JEZU UFAM TOBIE) that means so much in my life that I will forever be reminded & great full for. I got the deal, close the deal with the help of my dear friends & a cousin of mine, the three of them ( Totie,Jerry & Shelley are also one of God's blessings to me, giving me a chance to work with them hand in hand in time of my down moments. Sharing you on how to give importance to SIGNS & to Trust on it that God do miracles on each & everyone of US. Thank you very Much....

Inday - Jul 7, 2014

Please include me in your prayers. I am going thru a lot right now in my job where I am harassed.

Alphmsia - Jul 7, 2014

I am a catholic,and use to go to the Divine Mercy Church in Shah Alam Malaysia.I am praying for my daughter's happiness and well being in a foreign country where she is married and has a child.I pray that I will be debt free and be able to pay off for my daughter's house and whatever her in laws have spent on us.Lord Jesus please help me as I have suffered a lot in the past but my love for you will never fade.I trust in you and I want to be a better person and an example to others.Help take good care of my grandchild.Please pray for us Amen.

Linda - Jul 7, 2014

Thank you for sharing. Beautiful!

zendy polestico - Jul 7, 2014

Yes, Divine Mercy is so powerful. He change me now to be a good person. Let us help together to spread the Divine Mercy.

perlita - Jul 7, 2014

Praise the Lord that you are now serving the Lord I am praying that one day i foud an association which is near here in our residence so that could make my spiritual stronger . I am also praying to God to guide me in everything to be sucessful in all the jobs that i am doing so that I can help my husband and be a blessing to everybody. Praise the Lord more blessings to come.

ed gordon - Jul 7, 2014

I always recommend reading St. Faustina's Diary. She comes to you and stays with you as she did with me.
"Jesus I trust in You."

Lynette - Jul 7, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed that beautiful story of spiritual growth, I would love to know where I could buy this book in Australia, i am trying to trust in God more, but i feel I've got difficult challenges, because my family don't have my Catholic faith or belief.

Sharon - Jul 7, 2014

I began to learn the Divine mercy Chaplet on EWTN..then read the book, Diary of Sister Faustina..my husband had been having heart problems and already had open heart surgery 3 times. Within 30 years of suffering one incident or heart attack after another and being flown out to a major hospital with a Heart Center, I would be driving to join him and on the way praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy all the way. He pulled though time and again, I needed his help as I care for a brother that is mentally challenged since our parents died. We cared for him for 21 yrs and I still do, however Dennis's health failed this New Year 2014 and he died suddenly April8th. I thank God for the 30 more years given to us as we loved each other deeply and have always been good Catholics. But I believe my trust in Jesus and that Chaplet kept Him alive. He farmed, put in a big garden and took care of the Peach orchard. He was active till the end acting on many Public Boards as well. I miss him terribly but know he tried with Gods help to stay with us as long as he could..3 open heart surgery's, kidney cancer, stroke, 12 heart attacks, 9 stents, a cow valve..in the end, both valves were leaking and he passed...Keep us in your prayers please!

Lucero Gonzalez - Jul 7, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing this! Everything I have, I am and ever be, is because of His Mercy! And since I was one year old I have been part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal group! You are blessed having such a wonderful family! So do I! Keep us in your prayers! Thanks for sharing!

Estella - Jul 7, 2014

I ask for guidance regarding taking a federal government job to guide refugee children which pays more, and is closer to home. Thank you for your prayers so that Our Lord can guide my decision. God bless you all.

Claire - Jul 7, 2014

What a beautiful story. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a beautiful prayer. God has been good and merciful to me. Amen

Liz - Jul 8, 2014

I will add Divine Mercy in my everyday prayer. Prayer really helps!

Nadeem Inayat - Jul 8, 2014

i am nadeem my wife name is asiya and i have two kids one son name Ashley and one daughter name Simran Please pray for me and my family we are from karachi pakistan we are Romam catholic christain from St paul's parish but now we are in bangkok Thailand on asylum and we are faceing miserable problems on have job and no have visa we are under registration UNHCR bangkok and thanks God we are doing everyday Rosary and 3 o'clock Divine mercy so i request you please pray for us thanks

Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC - Jul 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing your story! God has plans for all of us! I'll pray for all of you!

Vince - Jul 8, 2014

Thanks for the beautiful Story and I hope to have an experience like yours one day, to know more about the Lord Jesus

Have Mercy On Me God I Am A Sinner - Jul 8, 2014

I want to be close to God , ask God the strength to fight evil and temptations in life , yes Divine Mercy Prayer is Powerful

Kate - Jul 8, 2014

Wow! What an experience! I beg God everyday to use me in my little inadequate way! Let us all keep praying for one another that Gid will find us worthy to work for him in any capacity! I pray JESUS to let the rays of HIS inconcievable mercy touch and heal my son Brian. Amen. JESUS, I trust in you.

lois - Jul 8, 2014

Amazing story! I believe God gives us signs & we connect the dots only when our eyes are suddenly opened to all that has been in front of us the whole time! God is just waiting for us patiently! I was born on Oct. 2, the feast of guardian angels @ 9 minutes after midnight & there are 9 leagues of angels. I think it is not an accident. I believe it is preordained by the Maker Himself!

Fannie Mesina - Jul 8, 2014

I was so touched when I have read the part where our Lord Jesus spoke the word "Confia", I have seen Jesus so clear in my mind in front of me and have felt Him ....I confidently know that He is glad I have read this story.

I have been for years now a devotee of The Divine Mercy and as a matter of fact, I have almost everyday been awaken by Jesus at exactly 3am or pm to say the 3 o'clock prayer and it is so powerful!

Miki - Jul 8, 2014

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. I will remember you all in my prayers today especially the 76yr old asking for healing. I will be lifting you up at Holy Hour today 515 Eastern Time.Pray with me at that time. God Bless You Dear One.

Rita - Jul 9, 2014

I learnt about Divine Mercy Chaplet after visiting Fr Raymond of Divine Mercy. Today i want to pray to find favor in boss who doesnt believe in me yet i do my best. I also want to pray for my last daughter who keeps falling sick and am off work most of the times and yet my boss doesnt like it

cynch - Jul 9, 2014

thank you for this article, it made me read the book i bought, diary of st. faustina... i was already at half of the book and then I stopped and got busy with work... this article reminded me of the diary and now i want to continue reading it. I want to be the best that I can be spirtually too :)

Barbara - Jul 10, 2014

Loved the 4 steps to Healing. I will ask for the grace of each plus the prayer asking the Lord to make me all He wants me to be today and each day of my life. Jesus I Trust in You!!!

trusting in the Lord - Jul 26, 2014

This is a response to "Healing"- I will pray for you, today, and keep you in my prayers everyday till I read that you have felt God's love in your life. Reading your comment brought tears to my eyes, because about 7 years ago, I had a spirtual experience where late one night I cried out to God for peace, and instantaneously felt a peace and calm, that felt like coming out of a storm onto the most peaceful waters- this began my spiritual rebirth. A a couple of weeks after, when I was praying in church, a great sadness came over me, and I wept, and I felt as if I felt the sadness of Jesus for all the souls who have not turned to him, and how much he longed for them to know how much he loves them. I pray that you will seeand feel today the Love that God has for you, it is infinite plus infinity plus one as my youngest daughter would say.

charity - Jul 28, 2014

This is so encouraging thank you for giving a chance to God to use you despite your professionalism.we are empty without God and as you did we ask God to fill the emptiness in Jesus name

Ronan Johnston - Sep 29, 2014

Hey Paul, I'm the guy who wrote the song "Trust Surrender Believe Receive". My book of the same name has been out the last few months and will be on Kindle tomorrow- Hence I stumbled on yours. Just a wee typo, which I'm sure you've spotted, "receive" not "recieve".
Also, I'd be intrigued as to where and when you heard the song, and who was singing it? I wrote it back in the mid 1980's and almost everywhere in the world I go I hear it sung. All the best with the book. Hope you get lots of interest! Ronan Johnston