Divine Mercy Q&A

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:

The Holy Angels: Servants and Messengers of Mercy

Last January, one of our readers, a woman named Allie, sent me this remarkable story, which I have been eager to share with everyone. It was entitled "Last Words":

Do Some Church Teachings Make Us Doubt Divine Mercy?

To begin with, some apologies to the readers of this Q & A column. Due to family emergencies and a dose of sheer exhaustion, I have fallen way behind in answering Divine Mercy questions and correspondence. I am sorry that some of you have had to wait so long - months, in some cases - to see the promised answer to your question appear online. I now have a massive backlog of questions. Please just keep my family and me in your prayers, and I am sure the Lord will help me get caught up in His good time.

Why Doesn't God Use the Famous?

Almost two months ago, a woman named Donna sent me the following, fascinating question, which I have been looking forward to having a try at answering. So, first of all, Donna, please pardon my delay in getting to your question, and thank you for your patience! Here is her question:

The Image? The Graces? Confession?

I have received so many questions in the run-up to Divine Mercy Sunday April 7, that I hardly know where to begin. Some people received individual answers from me, but some questions came from several readers at once (great minds think alike!), so that I thought it would be best to share brief answers to those with everyone.

A lady named Donna Marie wrote:

In the Chaplet, What Do We 'Offer' to God?

I received a letter from a Mr. Miller with a question about the meaning of what we "offer" to God in the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. He wrote: "How can we offer what is not ours? 'Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ...'." But these things belong to Jesus, not to us. So how can we offer them?"

This is an excellent and profound question. I think it would be best to divide the answer into three parts.

Is the Chaplet Equal to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

Recently I received two questions on the same subject. Both questions concerned the relationship between the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy and the Sacrament of Anointing.

One of our readers, a man named Mr. Rose, noted that our Lord promised to St. Faustina that whoever will recite the Chaplet will receive great mercy at the hour of death (see Diary of St. Faustina, 687). So Mr. Rose simply asked: "Is this devotion more powerful than the Anointing of the Sick?"