Day 1 – Divine Mercy Novena

A young Polish nun in the 1930s received a series of messages from Our Lord expounding His Mercy for all mankind. The diary that was kept by Sr. Faustina Kowalska resulted in a devotion known as Divine Mercy.

Pope John Paul II encouraged the faithful to practice this devotion, and in accord with the Lord’s wishes to (now) Saint Faustina, granted to the Universal Church that the Sunday after Easter be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday.

The devotion calls on us to be “vessels of mercy.”  How fitting then that we should pray this novena, which begins on Good Friday, for the sin and victims of abortion.

The novena prayers will be posted each day along with a focus for the issue of life.

First Day
Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”

Meditation: Ocean water is salty, and salt water is healing to wounds even though at first it is painful. We need to bring those wounded by abortion to Jesus’ Divine Mercy for healing and ourselves as well to be immersed in this ocean of His Mercy, for in some way each one of us has at some point aborted God’s will for our life.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Proceed with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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