Divine Mercy Q&A

Mary, Merciful Queen of Heaven

This is the fourth column in our series, a response to the question about why we call Mary "Mother of Mercy." (Read part one, part two, and part three.) By now, after three installments of this column, some of my readers may be wondering just how many reasons we can find for rejoicing in Mary's title, "Mother of Mercy"!

Why Do We Call Mary 'Mother Of Mercy'

Every once in a while someone sends me a question that I file away because I know it is so big and so important that I cannot tackle it right away. Well, a few months ago, a fellow named Ted sent me the following question that I just knew I would have to deal with eventually. After all, this website is an apostolate of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, and the Marians have a special calling, as part of their charism, to spread the message of the merciful love of God.

What's the Problem With This Passage?

One of the passages from the Diary of St. Faustina that sometimes strikes readers as a bit odd is this one from entry 964-965:

Wasn't the Sacred Heart Devotion to Be the Last Opportunity?

This year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 12. To help us understand why, we share here an article by Dr. Robert Stackpole on the connection between devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Divine Mercy message and devotion:

Let me return to a question from a reader named Wendy that just happens to touch upon my favorite topic in the whole world: the Heart of Jesus!

Wendy wrote:

'What If I Miss a Day of the Novena?'

Joyce sent us an e-mail asking a question which frequently comes up: Does the Divine Mercy Novena have to be prayed "consecutively"? She writes: "I try to pray the Chaplet daily, but miss days here and there."

Intercessory Prayer: Do Timing and Teamwork Matter?

Recently, I have received several questions about the mystery of our God of mercy who hears and answers our prayers and supplications. Does the particular time when we make our requests really make a difference? And are we more likely to receive an answer to our prayers - indeed, a positive answer - the more people we can find to join us in praying for our intentions?

What's the Best Way to Talk with Jesus?

One of our readers, a Mr. Tom Bailey, recently sent me a question that has surely been on the minds of many of us at one time or another: