Divine Mercy Q&A

What is the Meaning of the Rays?

In one of my Divine Mercy Q&A columns, I had the opportunity to briefly discuss the meaning of the word "mystery" in the Catholic tradition. In a nutshell, what I said was that a "holy mystery" is not something that we are completely in the dark about; it's just something about which there always remains more to be said. A holy mystery is a truth so deep that we can never completely unpack or express every aspect of it.

Why Does God Let His Best Friends Get 'Beaten Up' So Often?

Not long ago a good friend of mine, a Carmelite named Mellie, sent me a question that is certainly refreshing for its honesty. After recounting for me the many good people in her life, family and friends, who have suffered so much at the hands of wicked persons, she wrote:

How One Divine Mercy Critic Misses the Mark

It sometimes happens that well-intentioned, doctrinally "orthodox" Catholic believers get a hold of wrong information about the Divine Mercy message and devotion, and they end up discouraging their friends or parishioners from having anything to do with it. This seems to be the case with an essay that is circulating among traditional Catholics, an essay written by a priest who questions the orthodoxy not only of devotion to The Divine Mercy, but also of the teachings on Divine Mercy of our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.

Why Doesn't the Chaplet Always 'Work'?

A few weeks ago in this "Q & A" series I quoted the words of St. Catherine of Siena, who said that wherever we look we can see the mercy of God at work. This prompted an understandable reaction on the part of some people. After all, there seems to be an awful lot of suffering and misery in our world, so how is all that a reflection of the "mercy" of God?

Is the Chaplet Only for the Living and Dying?

I had an interesting question come in recently from overseas, and since it more or less matched several other questions I have received, I thought I would share it in full with my readers. It comes from a man named Christopher in Malaysia:

Part 2: St. Faustina and the Secret of the Holy Trinity

Last week, in the first of a three-part series on the Holy Trinity, we started our reflections on the mystery of the Holy Trinity according to St. Faustina by walking through several of the most important passages in her Diary. Clearly, one of the things Faustina came to appreciate was that the mystery of the Trinity is ultimately "inconceivable" and "unfathomable." Jesus Himself told her this (see Diary, 30).

Part 1: St. Faustina and the Secret of the Holy Trinity

I have had a few questions in recent months about St. Faustina's devotion to the Blessed Trinity, and usually (I am paraphrasing) the questions go like this: "When I am reading the Diary of St. Faustina, I find great comfort and consolation in all that Sr. Faustina writes about the compassionate Heart of Jesus and His merciful love for us. But when she starts talking about the Holy Trinity, my mind goes kind of 'blank,' and I really do not know what she is talking about."