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A Walk Through the Words of the Chaplet, Part II

Dr. Stackpole finishes his stroll through the phrases used in the Chaplet, illuminating their meaning for us.

A Walk Through the Words of the Chaplet

When we recite the Chaplet, do we really understand what we are saying? Dr. Stackpole shows us that there are hidden depths of meaning in the words.

The Only Image He Commanded?

This week I received an excellent question from a man named Brian: "Is the Image of The Divine Mercy the only image that our Lord has directed to be made of Himself?"

Where Can We Find God's Mercy?

Is it primarily to be found in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or is it bigger and broader than that?

What Does Devotion to 'The Divine Mercy' Signify?

When we use the phrase "The Divine Mercy" in prayer, do we know what or who we are actually talking about? Dr. Stackpole tries to clear up some verbal confusion here.

Is Divine Mercy 'Just Another Devotion'?

Some people brush off the Divine Mercy as a "mere devotion." Dr. Stackpole argues that this isn't fair or accurate, either with regard to the Divine Mercy devotion, or with regard to other important popular devotions in the Church, like the Rosary.

How Could He Appear to St. Faustina?

Jesus ascended into heaven and promised to come to earth again at the end of time, right? So what's he doing dropping in on Faustina?

What Does the Church Say About It All?

One reader asks whether St. Faustina's Diary and the revelations it records are on par with Lourdes and Fatima in the mind of the Church's highest authorities.

Two More Mysterious Diary Passages

There are mysteries in the Diary of St. Faustina that baffle even lifelong students of her message. Dr. Stackpole tries to penetrate two more of these here.

Accounting for Debts, but No Calculator Required

Is the Chaplet only about "balancing the books," atoning for our debts to God's justice? Dr. Stackpole shows that the Chaplet echoes the teaching of the Bible and the Church that Christ's saving work involves that — but also much, much more!

Mary and Her Role in God's Merciful Plan

One reader writes: "A priest adamantly assured the congregation that if we entrust the salvation of a soul to the Blessed Mother, she will be sure to follow through on that." Can we really be assured of this?

If God is So Merciful, Why is There a Purgatory?

How could a loving and merciful God send a soul to purgatory? Dr. Stackpole explains that this is exactly what we should expect a merciful God to do for some souls, because mercy is sometimes "tough love."

Is There a 'One Last Chance' to be Saved?

Meg wrote to us: "This question came up in our study group: Does a person get a second chance when they die and come before God? If they didn't believe and came before God, would He give them a second chance to believe?

On the Mystery of Offering Up Our Sufferings

This week, Dr. Stackpole shares a letter from a reader who reflects on the special way of dealing with life's unavoidable sufferings, and utilizing them, through Christ, for people in need.

He's Back, with Answers

Now that I am back from my brief post-Divine Mercy Sunday respite, I find myself with a pile of questions to answer that came in just after the feast day, and some of them from people who are still wrestling with the meaning of the day itself.

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