The Power of the Chaplet

By Marlys Floyd

I want to tell you about the prayer and study group we have formed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We have named our group "Friends in Faith" and have met weekly for approximately 10 years. We have studied many books about St. Faustina, many of the books by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and videos about Divine Mercy.

I also want to share what we consider a miracle about the reality of Jesus' presence when the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited at the time of death. We learned that Jesus promises to be our Merciful Savior and not our Just Judge when the Chaplet is said at the dying person's side (see Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1541).

A woman who was a member of our group died on July 5, 2016. She had been suffering from cancer for many years, and we had journeyed with her through many chemo treatments and much suffering. We are always there for each other.

Our friend had an interesting story. She had married outside the Catholic faith and had been away from the Church for 40 years. Upon her cancer diagnosis, she decided to return to the faith. She went to Confession. She completed RCIA to refresh her knowledge about Catholicism. She then joined our group.

This is a beautiful example of God gently calling His child back, guiding her to Heaven. She even made a trip to Poland during this time period. She had a great devotion to St. Faustina. She regularly prayed the Chaplet. She trusted God's Divine Mercy.

As her time of death approached, she asked for and received the Anointing of the Sick. She had her family with her and was able to stay at home with hospice care. She had what the Church describes as a "happy death."

The miracle is this:

On the day of her death, our group met at our usual Tuesday time.

At 10:45 a.m., we began praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for her and finished at 11 a.m. Upon arriving home at 11:30 a.m., a member of our group received a phone call informing her that our dying friend had passed away at 11 a.m. — exactly when we were in prayer!

We believe this is a miracle and might help others come to trust Jesus' promises.

We are praising God for this faith-building event!

Marlys Floyd is a Marian Helper from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Image: The Friends in Faith include (front row, from left) Mary Krumbholz, May McGinnis, and Marlys Floyd; and (back row, from left) Maureen Saul, Linda Hoffman, and Rosemary Fandel.

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