Mercy Meditations

'I was living a lie ... Then, I trusted in Jesus'

Thousands of pilgrims visit the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., each year. Who are they, and what draws them here? This month, we meet Carlos and Maria Martinez, from Chicago, Ill., who were drawn to the message of Divine Mercy after their priest played them a recording of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy being sung in Spanish.

Maria: Our priest showed us a video of the Chaplet, and since that day we were like, "Oh, my!" Something happened to us.

A miracle at 3 o'clock?

Dear Marians of the Immaculate Conception,

I wanted to share with you and the community of Marian Helpers, a miracle of the 3 p.m. prayer.

I had been trying to sell my condo in Atlanta for months. Due to the fact that I had to leave the country in March and considering the reality of the real state market (extremely slow right now), I had been praying earnestly, specially at 3 p.m. (the hour of mercy), and also called the Marians' Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayer Line.

Meet Max

Max Boehme climbed up the stone steps and entered the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy with the same degree of excitement that most kids have when they arrive at Disneyland.

"He could not wait to be here," said his mother, Emily.

With a wide smile and eyes beaming, he took it all in - the statuary, the stained glass, the image of The Divine Mercy, people praying, all the details he's seen on television each morning.

Mother of Mercy: Our Lady of Ostrabrama

On the interior facade of the "Gate of the Dawn" in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, there appears the inscription: MOTHER OF MERCY, WE FLY BACK TO YOUR PATRONAGE. This inscription is not only a prayerful invocation to her "who shines in the Gate of the Dawn" [words from a Polish epic poem], but a witness to over 300 years of veneration of the Virgin Mary as the "Mother of Mercy."

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