Divine Mercy Q&A

How to Give Thanks as St. Faustina Would

The question I want to answer this week is one that came to me almost by accident (that is, by Divine Providence) in a chance remark that someone made to me the other day. I was chatting on the phone with a friend in the Divine Mercy movement, and he said to me: "I can't wait until Thanksgiving. Saint Faustina gave thanks for a lot of things, but I guess she never had a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, with turkey and all the trimmings!"

Can you Shed Light on God's Mercy in Hell, Purgatory?

I often receive questions about Hell and about Purgatory, perhaps because many of us find it difficult putting together the idea of a God of Mercy with the idea of punishment for sin in the next life. For example, one fellow named Stan recently sent me the following missive:

Is the Chaplet an Ecumenical Prayer?

Over the past few months I have received several questions about the possible use of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy by non-Catholics. With the consent of the authors of these letters, I have saved them up until now to answer all at once, because I think they all really require the same response.

For example, one fellow named Peter wrote:

Equipped with Special Graces: Now What?

I would guess that most of the people who read this Q&A column regularly and send their questions to me are people who have some devotion to the Divine Mercy and who received Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday in a state of grace, with trust in God's merciful love.

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: