Divine Mercy Q&A

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:

Is the Devil Out To Get Our Divine Mercy Apostolate?

As I write this column, I am aware of a Divine Mercy apostolate that truly seems to be "under attack" lately. Its hard-working, heart-of-gold leader has been a target of what can only be called a campaign of defamation from those who want to take over the work of the group for their own purposes. These individuals have spread misinformation and half-truths about her and about the apostolate. They've e-mailed local bishops and their advisors and even the apostolate's donors and benefactors.

What About the Diary's 'Strange' Passages?

For the last few months I have been collecting questions from readers about what I call the "weird stuff" that can be found here and there in St. Faustina's Diary. There are certainly some strange, supernatural, and paranormal things in her book - some of which are difficult to understand.

What's There to Debate?

One of the things that baffles people who dig into the story of the spread of the Divine Mercy message and devotion is that the message seems to have caused controversy among theologians at first. And it still does.

The 'D' Word: A Divine Mercy Perspective

Here is a heartbreaking story from one of our readers, a woman named Hannah. It's a story that raises some troubling questions: