Another One ‘Stumbles’ Upon Divine Mercy

By Marc Massery

Gabriel Zowam of the Ebu tribe in Elugu, Nigeria, hardly ever misses his chance to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day at the 3 o’clock hour.  

“Divine Mercy is spreading very much here,” he said. “At 3 p.m., many people gather in churches to say the Chaplet. It’s the same thing in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. People are passionate about it.”

Gabriel, who grew up in Nigeria but earned his master’s degree in engineering in the United States, said that most people in Nigeria are suffering. “Just a few are connected to the government and steal all the resources,” he said.  

Problems like these are what led Gabriel to appreciate his Catholic faith. One time after paying his rent, he didn’t have any money left over. 

“I just felt like I had it up to my neck, so I went to the Blessed Sacrament,” he said. “I left work early and got to the church while they were saying the 3 o’clock prayer. I liked it. After the prayer, I started to read about it [in] St. Faustina’s Diary.”

Later, he discovered the Marians’ booklet Divine Mercy Message and Devotion, and when he could, he bought several copies to give away. 

“It explained the ABCs of mercy: ‘A’ ask; ‘B’ be merciful; ‘C’ completely trust in God. When I read ‘C,’ I started to put it into practice, relying on God even if things were not coming my way,” he said. “Then God would arrange things in such a way.”

One day, on his way to 3 o’clock prayer, Gabriel ran into one of his friends who was picking up his child from school. Gabriel noticed that his friend, whom he called “the Chief,” didn’t look very happy, so he invited him to pray the Chaplet. The Chief, however, said he was uninterested.

“But when the prayer ended, somebody tapped my shoulder,” Gabriel said. “It was the Chief. The next day he came back again. About a week later, he called me and met me. He said, ‘This prayer is wonderful! For the first time I can sleep. Before, I was like a moving corpse.’” 

As a result, the Chief came back to the Catholic faith after many years of being away. 

Gabriel helps lead the 3 o’clock prayer at his parish, where at least 10 people gather to recite it every day. On some days, as many as 60 people pray it. He says that many graces have resulted. 

“Every day after 3 o’clock prayer, we ask if anyone is praying with us for the first time,” Gabriel said. “Then we tell them about Divine Mercy, and we tell them that many of us stumble into it just like we are doing today. I like to recommend [the booklet, Divine Mercy Message and Devotion].”

“I don’t have money,” he said. “We are just a family that is managing. Right now, I am out of work. But God has been wonderful to me, my wife, and my four kids. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I have read the promises Jesus made. It is a weapon against any challenges I have.” 

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