'I Needed to Tell Everyone About Divine Mercy'

By Marc Massery

Within a span of eight years, Lisa Jaime of Carrizo Springs, Texas, lost her husband, father, and mother to illness. But just in time, God introduced Lisa to the message of Divine Mercy and prepared her for the trials to come.

In 2010, Lisa happened to go to a school fundraiser at which she heard a presentation about Divine Mercy. “I had never prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet before then. I had never heard of Divine Mercy before,” she said. “The Holy Spirit must have been preparing me for what was coming next.”

After that presentation, she immediately started praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for her father, who was in hospice. He had been battling lung cancer for three years. Just three weeks after Lisa started praying the Chaplet for her father, he passed away. “To see my dad take his last breath at home surrounded by loved ones — I thought, ‘Thank You.’ Divine Mercy is amazing. I wish I knew how to express it better. … That was the first loss of a loved one in my life, my dad. From then on, I started getting closer and closer to God.”  

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About seven years after her father passed away, Lisa’s husband, Richard, was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer and given only six months to live. “My husband was a paramedic. He was studying to become a deacon for the Church. He did everything for us. He took care of everyone.”

When Richard became ill, he didn’t have insurance. “I don’t know who in the hospital took care of his bill, but I got a letter saying that an oncologist would see my husband and take care of him anyway. Blessings were coming from everywhere.” Despite having the blessing of being able to receive treatment, Richard passed away about six months after his diagnosis, just as doctors had expected. He was 59 years old. “It was difficult, but God sent me the people I needed along the way. I have been so blessed,” Lisa said.

Just as Lisa and her sisters had prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet for her father before he had passed away, they prayed the Chaplet for Richard, too. “I don’t mean to boast, but the priest said in his homily at my husband’s funeral that you would think a politician or a movie star had died, because the whole place was surrounded by ambulances, fire trucks, and police officers. The funeral was beautiful.”

A year later, Lisa’s mother, who had been on dialysis for years, passed away, too. Though Lisa had lost so many of her closest family members in such a short time, she believes that the Lord prepared her for each trial. Her experience of loss hasn’t deterred her from spreading the message of Divine Mercy to others, either. “For a while, I felt like I was on a spiritual high. I needed to tell everyone about Divine Mercy.”

Recently, Lisa started working as a lay chaplain for hospice in San Antonio, Texas. Though she hasn’t been working as a chaplain for very long, she’s already prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet with four patients who were dying. One patient’s death had a particular impact on her. “The family members wanted a priest so [this patient] could receive Anointing of the Sick. It was late, about 8 o’clock at night. We tried three different churches, but no priest was available. I told the family that I was no substitute for a priest, but they wanted me to at least come and pray. We prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet together, and 15 minutes later, the patient died. The family still keeps in touch with me.”

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