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By Jay Hastings (Jun 2, 2008)

My name is Jay Hastings of Bartlett, Tenn. I am the founder of a growing group of Divine Mercy devotees who ensures that the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is being prayed every hour of the day. The 24-Hour Chaplet of Divine Mercy members now consist of more than 832 people in 19 countries. People are assigned an hour each day in which to pray. They pray for three things: the promotion of the Divine Mercy devotion; the sick and dying in the hour that you pray; and people about to commit mortal sin.

We also continuously pray for those intentions in our Divine Mercy Prayer Journals as we present them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament each week during the Hour of Mercy.

As I was leaving my office I discovered I had three pens in the pocket of my coat. I was on my way to our Lenten Stations of the Cross and all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Ann in Bartlett. I took two of the pens out of my pocket and put them on my desk leaving me with one pen to write an article for our upcoming Divine Mercy Healing Mass and our Divine Mercy newsletter. I like being prepared to write when I'm at Adoration because many times I receive light and inspiration.

Jesus once said to St. Faustina, "The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them" (Diary of St. Faustina, 1578).

At another point, He said, "I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls" (1074).

As Stations of the Cross ended and Adoration began, everything became clear to me what I should write. I put down about two sentences, and then my pen ran out of ink. Now without a pen, but full of inspiration to write, I thought to myself that maybe I'm just suppose to sit there in Adoration and not write. Then I remembered Who I was adoring, and even in the littlest of things (such as a pen) I trusted. I know that God can do anything if He wants it to happen. So I sat still and waited and talked with our Lord and said that if He wants me to sit and not write and do Adoration then I will, and if He wants me to write because I have all this inspiration in me at the moment then I trust that He will send me a pen with which to write.

"Entrust everything to Me," Christ told St. Faustina, "and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances of events will be able to upset you" (Diary, 1685).

"Tell them that no soul that has called upon My mercy has been disappointed or brought to shame," He said. "I delight particularly in a soul which has placed its trust in My goodness" (1541).

As I sat in the pew, I noticed someone headed my way from across the church. It was one of our suffering souls whom I had spoken with earlier in the week regarding her writing our prayer requests for our upcoming healing Mass. She approached me to tell me that if I was going to be around a little longer she would leave the prayer requests with me.

I noticed she had a pen in her hand. I told her that I thought it was "God's pen" and that she was suppose to loan it to me, which she did. (I was later able to explain to her what I meant by that!) With "God's pen," I was able to write much down from the inspirations. I felt God was with me when I was writing.

I know trusting in Him pleases Him very much, and the little things are just as important as the big things — if done with much love. Obedience and trust on our part can help change the world and human hearts through our God who is Lord of all things. And even the small, seemingly insignificant, events of our lives are important to Him.

Jesus, we trust in your goodness and mercy.

"When a soul praises My goodness," He told St. Faustina, "Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell" (Diary, 378).

To join the 24-Hour Chaplet, contact Jay at [email protected] or via phone, 901-438-7772..

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Jay Hastings 24 hr Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Jun 6, 2008

Tracey, Thanks for your question.A Prayer Journal is a journal of all the prayers that a group a people are praying for.

Our Divine Mercy Prayer Journals are journals of prayers that people have sent to our prayer group, the 24 hr Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayer Group of over 853 people in 19 countries who commit to praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day which results in the Chaplet being said for every hour of every day and more. So these prayers are prayed for continuously. Also, we bring these journals, which are all linked together, before the Blessed Sacrament each week during the hour of Mercy at 3pm. In addition, some of our pray-ers fast each week and we have suffering souls who offer their sufferings for these prayers in our Journal. In you want more information on how to submit your prayers or would like to pray with us e-mail me at [email protected]
You are most welcome.
In His mercy, Jay Hastings

mary sumalinog - Jun 3, 2008

I do believe because through Him everything in our life will sail smoothly.For Him we live and in Him we are nothing, trusting ourselves to him surrending ourselves.God bless.

Berta - Jun 3, 2008

Wonderful reminder to TRUST Jesus and His Divine Merciful Love at all times. In little details of our lives, as well as big events. I have experienced it myself. Thanks Jay for sharing. Thanks for your obedience to be open to His will and coordinate this ministry.

P. - Jun 2, 2008

Trust - a word that is esp. familiar to Divine Mercy devotees , yet taking an act of the will ...when that harsh word from a loved one comes , or being ignored, to look at Yeshua ..and to know that His name alone is enough ..to bring in a torrent of love , for oneself and the other , who too possibly have not known enough of His Love ...

O , Yeshua !

donna .e. - Jun 2, 2008

Jesus is my best, best friend-OUR best, best friend, all of us need him more than we can ever know. As im driving to and from work and throughout the day I talk to him because I know for a fact that he is there and he hears every word im saying to him, not only that but the feelings of my heart as im speaking those words to him. He knows my level of honesty, integrity, apprehension, exaggeration, and I know he knows the level of Love and Trust I hold to him as well.
My life is improving constantly as I open up to him more and more, he grants me such graces as is the level of my trust and openness....I didnt realize this until I read your article- so thank you Jay really, because I've known all along he's with me when im telling him and asking him stuff regards my life and now I know why things are getting better and better all the time, its because he see's me giving him all of my trust and openness & honesty as you would a best friend. I can't go a day without discussing my life with God, he's just to great a listener, now I just need to work on my listening to him skills!!! Thanks again!

Tracey - Jun 2, 2008

Is a Divine Mercy Prayer Journal different from other prayer journals?

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.