Divine Mercy Q&A

Why Doesn't the Chaplet Always 'Work'?

A few weeks ago in this "Q & A" series I quoted the words of St. Catherine of Siena, who said that wherever we look we can see the mercy of God at work. This prompted an understandable reaction on the part of some people. After all, there seems to be an awful lot of suffering and misery in our world, so how is all that a reflection of the "mercy" of God?

Is the Chaplet Only for the Living and Dying?

I had an interesting question come in recently from overseas, and since it more or less matched several other questions I have received, I thought I would share it in full with my readers. It comes from a man named Christopher in Malaysia:

Part 2: St. Faustina and the Secret of the Holy Trinity

Last week, in the first of a three-part series on the Holy Trinity, we started our reflections on the mystery of the Holy Trinity according to St. Faustina by walking through several of the most important passages in her Diary. Clearly, one of the things Faustina came to appreciate was that the mystery of the Trinity is ultimately "inconceivable" and "unfathomable." Jesus Himself told her this (see Diary, 30).

Part 1: St. Faustina and the Secret of the Holy Trinity

I have had a few questions in recent months about St. Faustina's devotion to the Blessed Trinity, and usually (I am paraphrasing) the questions go like this: "When I am reading the Diary of St. Faustina, I find great comfort and consolation in all that Sr. Faustina writes about the compassionate Heart of Jesus and His merciful love for us. But when she starts talking about the Holy Trinity, my mind goes kind of 'blank,' and I really do not know what she is talking about."

Have I Committed the 'Unforgivable Sin'?

A reader of this Q&A column who wishes anonymity (I will just call him "Mr. Feeling Lost") wrote me a poignant letter recently. He shared his deep feelings of guilt and condemnation by God that just will not go away, even though he has been to confession several times and emptied his heart of all the mortal sins he has ever committed. He is now left wondering:

A Convent Conundrum?

Over the past few months I have received two questions about a most perplexing aspect of the life of St. Faustina. An inquirer named Paul wrote: