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Marty Rotella, singing at the Marians' Divine Mercy Conference in White Plains, N.Y., in 2007.

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For several years now, Divine Mercy devotee Marty Rotella has been evangelizing through music and speaking engagements around the country, including at the Marians' annual Divine Mercy conference in the metropolitan New York City area. We recently asked him to share his witness with the readers of this website.

By Marty Rotella

I was 25 years old when my conversion took place, and it was the Blessed Mother who brought me back. The interesting part is she didn't bring me to her. She brought me to her Son, Jesus.

I immediately became a daily communicant. Shortly after my conversion, I called the Marian Helpers Center in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, answered the phone. He invited me to visit, and upon that visit I fell in love with the Divine Mercy devotion.

After about five hours of teaching from Fr. Seraphim, my brother, Jules, and I wrote 11 songs, which became our first religious album, Rays of Love. Rays of Love is our way of spreading Jesus' and Fr. Seraphim's teaching on Diving Mercy.

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy also became a daily prayer for me. Ever since, I've been speaking and singing about this great devotion. Sometimes I couple it with Our Lady of Guadalupe and/or The Shroud of Turin. I was at the house in Phoenix, Ariz., on the day when it was discovered that Jesus' face on the Vilnius version of The Divine Mercy image was a perfect match with His face on the famous Shroud of Turin. What a rush!

I learned from Fr. Seraphim, Fr. George Kosicki, and many others, of the great love of God through His Diving Mercy. I can't get enough of these wonderful teachings. I've been involved with presentations of Mother of Mercy Messengers (MOMM). I've also worked with Ed Miller, who brings The Diving Mercy message many times a year to the New York/New Jersey area with conferences, presentations, and novenas.

Divine Mercy is one of the best-kept secrets in the world, right behind the Eucharist and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Once these have found their correct place in society, the world will see peace.

The Divine Mercy Image is the pictorial vision of the Eucharist. What more could you want? Jesus pours His love onto us and we are invited into His Heart. Wow! All I want to do the rest of my life is to bring this message of hope to the world, through my music, my witness and my everyday actions. I love being Catholic. Jesus is the only answer to the true healing of all the world's problems. He is so simple. Jesus, I trust in You.

Marty Rotella lives in Ridgefield Park, N.J. He can be reached through his website www.martyrotella.com.

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Dave Maroney - May 5, 2008

Marty Rotela is constantly booked MC'ing conferences and performing concerts but even so my wife Joan and I have had the great pleasure to work with Marty from time to time through the years. We always look forward to our time with him as he truly shines with the light of Jesus. Marty's ministry is to share the love of Jesus in everything he does. To be with Marty is to feel the presence of the love of Jesus. His talks are dynamic and riviting. Watch out when he speaks to youth, he hits them straght on with the power of truth and they respond. His music is phenomenal. I highly encourage everyone to go to his web site and check it out. He has I guess over 20 years of beautiful music to share including The Rays of Love album which is mentioned in the article. His recent CDs like Spirit Power and Spirit Power II are amazing. Marty Rotela is the best kept secret in field of Christian music. Hi Marty! May God bless you and yours!!! Until we meet again down the road.... Dave Maroney

RM - May 15, 2008, NY - May 15, 2008

Our Lord has yet answered another request for me! I have the powerful Rays of Love on a cassette. I have been searching for it on a CD. I will be visiting Mr. Rotella's site to see if it is available in that form. Thank you, Lord, for inspiring Mr. Rotella to create beautiful music to honor You.

Robert Allard, Director, Apostles of Divine Mercy - May 23, 2008

I also thank the Lord for Marty Rotella. He is truly an inspiration to all people. His songs take your spirit to new heights. He is truly a breath of fresh air. He truly lives the faith. Marty should be part of every spiritual event. I hope that he is at the National D. M. Conference. Thank you Jesus for Marty!

His Humble Little Servant - Sep 25, 2008

My brother gave me a cassette of the Divine Mercy Chaplet sung by Marty. My goodness, what a powerful voice and with such deep meaning. I have loved the Divine Mercy Chaplet for years. I lost my cassette but my mom just gave me another one while we were together for my young brother, Ernie's funeral. It is definitely a prayer of Mercy. Thank you, My Sweet Jesus, for being the fountain of Mercy that You are. God's mercy to and abundant blessings upon us and the whole world.

Steve Becker from Redding, Ca - Mar 12, 2009

One lazy saturday afternoon last april my wife told me in no uncertain terms that we were going to confession at 3:30. It had been 41 years since my last visit to church. We went to mass after confession. I now go to mass 3 or four days a week. I was watching EWTN after that experience and stumbled upon The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and have been in love with it ever since. I now pray it every day along with the Rosary and The Liturgy of The Hours. I am so glad I came back to God, my life has been getting better every day since then.