Divine Mercy Q&A

'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:

How Can the Saints Hear and Answer Our Prayers?

In honor of All Saints' Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, let's take a look at the wonderful gift God gives us in the form of the saints.

One of the blessings in life that God has given me is that I get to teach theology to undergraduates. A few weeks ago, one of our readers sent me a question on the saints that made me head straight for my undergrad class lecture notes. A man named Peter wrote:

Was St. Faustina a Sinner?

Readers of St. Faustina's Diary sometimes come across passages that do not seem to put her in a very good light. For example, one of our readers, a man named Francis, noted Diary passage 916-917 - a passage in which she arranges to have a Jewish woman surreptitiously baptized at the time of the woman's death. Francis sent me this critique of St. Faustina's actions:

Which is He: A God of Wrath or of Mercy?

People reading the Diary of St. Faustina for the first time are sometimes surprised to find passages in which Jesus tells her about God's "wrath" and "anger," and not just about His mercy.

For example, speaking of the rays pouring forth from His Heart in the Image of The Divine Mercy, Jesus said to her (entry 299): "These rays shield the soul from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."

Mercy Sunday's Special Graces, Plenary Indulgence: Are They the Same?

A Mr. Dwyer asked: What is the difference between that special graces promised by Jesus for devout communicants on Mercy Sunday, and the plenary indulgence for Mercy Sunday devotions that was instituted several years ago by Pope John Paul II? Are they the same thing? Or are they different?

Simply put: They are NOT the same thing!

The Sins of Our Ancestors

Over the past few months I have had several questions come in from different parts of the world regarding the sins of previous generations in our own families, and how those might affect us today. One woman named Gloria wrote:

The Case for the Assumption of Mary

On Aug. 15 each year, Catholics celebrate a feast day in honor of one of the greatest mysteries of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary: her bodily assumption into heaven. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it: