Divine Mercy Q&A

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?"

What's Church Belief on Homosexuality, and Why?

As the author of this weekly column, I often receive questions from people wrestling with painful, personal problems. Most of these are private matters, of course, so I do not answer them in the public column, and many of them are beyond my gifts in pastoral care to deal with anyway - so all I can do is refer the inquirer to one of our Marian priests, or to counseling resources in their own area. I am, after all, primarily a theologian and not a pastoral counselor or spiritual director.

What If I Took a Major Wrong Turn in Life?

A young woman recently wrote to me the following, poignant letter (the letter was anonymous, so I'll just refer to her as "Mary"):