Saturday, March 10, 2012

Devotion for today: the wound of ingratitude

As we come to the Third Sorrowful Mystery, we reflect on ingratitude to the Lord toward His gift of the Eucharist.

The Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning of Thorns
“There was in Him no stately bearing to make us look at Him, nor appearance that would attract us to Him…spurned, and we held Him in no esteem.” (Is 53:2)

We meditate on the crown of thorns not only around the head of Jesus, but also around His Sacred Heart, for it is there that He suffers more now than He did during His entire Passion. The thorns around His Heart symbolize the pain He endures due to the ingratitude of the world toward His love in the Eucharist: “Behold this Heart which has loved so much, and yet which is so little loved in return.”

“Behold this man!”

Behold all the locked and empty churches where He dwells! Again in the Holy Eucharist, as before Pilate and in His Passion, Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, is not held in esteem, because there is in Him no majestic or stately bearing that would make men want to look at Him: “Nor appearance that would attract men to Him, one of those from whom men hide their faces.” Yet when we look upon the Blessed Sacrament we behold in faith the very beauty of Paradise, the most exciting reality in our life, for contained in the Holy Eucharist is Jesus’ personal love for you, which is all the love of heaven and earth combined.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is infinitely appreciative of the love you have for Him in the Blessed Sacrament. This is why every holy hour you make changes the thorns in His Heart into many flowers of indescribable consolation. With Mary we offer to Him any suffering in our own life caused by the feeling of not being appreciated, in order that all humanity may come to truly appreciate Jesus in this most Blessed Sacrament.

Blessed Sacrament Prayer:
Jesus, awakened to Your great love for us, we offer You the perfect gratitude of Mary in reparation for the indifference and ingratitude of the world toward your love in the Holy Eucharist.

This selection is taken from Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament, Fr. Vincent Martin Lucia, Apostolate for Perpetual Adoration, P.O. Box 46502, Mt. Clemens, Michigan 48046.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Devotion for today: meet Jesus with Mary

No journey through Lent would be complete without accompanying Mary. Here we join her on the Via Dolorosa, as Jesus stops to meet her.

Scripture for meditation: Lamentations 1:12
Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering.

Scripture for reflection: Luke 2:34-35
Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother: 'This Child is destined to be the Downfall and the Rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed — and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword — so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.'"

We enter into conversation with Mary: Be with me now as we pray and again walk to Calvary with my Son. Walk with me now. Hold my hand. Feel my pain…. I did not know to the extent I would endure pain for Him, from His love…. Walk with me now, see as I see, feel as I feel, love as I love, hurt as I did—that day and now—for now is when we walk. Place it now in your thoughts and actions. Be there now. It is today…. With me, see His love. With me, see His pain. He is here with us. It is now to Him child, always—for in this does eternity exist. Oh child, dear child, see my heart melt as my Son approaches. I have so much love for Him as His mother—so much love for Him as God. Be now my companion. See His face. It is stained with tears, with blood. It is draped in agony. It is lifted only by my heart touching His—my love reaching out to His love—my mind and spirit becoming one with His. He looks and sees my pain. My anguish for Him is beyond compare, but my love for His children, His beloved, is there. He has given me the grace to see redemption at hand—the gift of love in His Heart. He sees my heart. His eyes penetrate my soul to know its love for Him. He is my Son—sent to die in anguish on the Cross….His love is great. For only such a great love could sustain Him. He cries out in anguish and grief; He holds my hand. But for a brief moment we touch. “Hold me my Son!” But no, it is not to be—no consolation of heart for a mother burdened with grief. No love penetrates the heart that was pierced with a sword. Only His pain now do I feel—only His love rejected and trod down do I know…. Your heart, child, now place it with mine, as we place ours with His. He is here for us—for a moment—for eternity—but we do not see the future as thus just yet. We see the pain, we see the torn flesh. We tolerate all, knowing only that this is His wish and ordained by God above. Understanding? There is none. Hatred? It abounds all around. It is the evil that carries the crowd…. The good they do not see. They do not see redemption at hand. They do not realize that which they do in anger and hatred is that which is done in love, by Love. They do not see! Their eyes are blind. Their hearts are hardened and glossed over by any who would question the crime they are about to commit. Imagine your Lord so full of love, now pressed down by hate. The sores have been opened by each step. The thorns are now deeper as He walks. He is beaten still—pushed on by the mob who would kill and maim….  No one walks with my Son as His ally. They are frightened. As I meet my Son—we are one—for a moment. I love Him so. Know now my hurt as He continues on and I am left there in tears to God praying for His perseverance—the grace to now do what He has come to do. My tears child—they are yours. Feel them in your heart. Know they last forever—until my children are home safely. Then can we rejoice.

Prayer: consoler Consecration to Mary (Consoling the Heart of Jesus, Fr. Michael Gaitley, pg.114) Mary, my Mother, I give you my whole being so you may lead me to console your Son with the perfect consolation you give to Him. From this day forward, dear Jesus, whenever I embrace You, may it be with the arms of Mary. Whenever I kiss you, may it be with the lips of Mary. Whenever I sing to you, praise you and thank you, may it be with the voice of Mary. Jesus, in short, every time I love you, may it be with the heart of Mary.

My thoughts:  I must admit that the thought of Mary seeing Jesus carrying His cross after His scourging and crowning with thorns, brings tears to my heart. Her plea in the above meditation is really her call to all of us: please do not let all of this be in vain; please turn your hearts of stone into hearts of love for my Son; His gift was so freely given; can you not freely accept it, along with your own cross?  Mary will always follow us along our journey, holding us up when we stumble, reaching out in love when we cry, and applauding us when we are doing well. Never forget that her “fiat” was a yes to suffering and pain, joined with her Son’s. So is ours.

Our prayer to God: In our week of alms giving, it is right to consider the many people who suffer alone. Mary asks us to remember her tears for all her children until they are safely home. Let us not be afraid to offer to say a prayer for someone who shares their hurt or suffering with us. No matter what religion or attitude toward religion a person may have, all appreciate a prayer. It just might be the doorway for their return to God.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Devotion for today: do ordinary things with extraordinary love

We are now with the sorrowing women on the Via Dolorosa. They couldn’t do anything more for Christ than show Him compassion and love, and for this He was grateful.

Scripture for meditation: Luke 23:27-28
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children.”

Scripture for reflection: Colossians 2:6-7
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta tells us: We must grow in love, and to do this we must go on loving and loving and giving and giving until it hurts – the way Jesus did. Do ordinary things with extraordinary love: little things like caring for the sick and the homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them. You must give what will cost you something. This, then, is giving not just what you can live without but what you can’t live without or don’t want to live without, something you really like. Then your gift becomes a sacrifice, which will have value before God. Any sacrifice is useful if it is done out of love. This giving until it hurts – this sacrifice – is also what I call love in action. Every day I see this love – in children, men and women. I was once walking down the street and a beggar come to me and he said, “Mother Teresa, everybody’s giving to you. I also want to give to you. Today, for the whole day, I got only twenty-nine paise and I want to give it to you.” I thought for a moment: If I take it he will have nothing to eat tonight, and if I don’t take it I will hurt him. So I put out my hands and I took the money. I have never seen such joy on anybody’s face as I saw on his – that a beggar, he too, could give to Mother Teresa. It was a big sacrifice for that poor man who’d been sitting in the sun all day and had only received twenty-nine paise. It was beautiful: twenty-nine paise is such a small amount and I can get nothing with it, but as he gave it up and I took it, it became like thousands because it was given with so much love.” (Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, Lucinda Vardey, Ballentine Books, 1995)

Prayer: Lord, I Give You My Heart by Michael J. Smith
This is my desire: To honor You Lord with all my heart.  I worship You.  All I have within me, I give You praise.  All that I adore is in You Lord, I give You my heart. I give You my soul. I live for You alone. Every Breath I take. Every moment I'm awake, Lord, have Your way in me.
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My thoughts: I once stood outside of an abortion clinic and prayed the rosary with our Bishop, some priests and other lay people. I was scared: scared of the comments from passersby, scared of the man who watched our feet to be sure we didn’t cross the line, scared of what other people might think of me. I was right in my fears. Nasty comments were hurled from some car windows; some people made fun of us as they walked around us, yet I became stronger and stronger the longer I stayed. The peace and dedication of those brave people with me filled with me with courage and love for God and His children. The quiet witness of those in prayer, in solidarity with the will of God, had a profound, life-changing affect on me. So did the sight of a woman getting out of a car, seeing the prayerful witness to life, pausing and getting back in the car. Did we bring compassion and love to Jesus that day? I think we did. We let Him know He didn’t suffer and die in vain, that He left a following who would do what the weeping women were so brave to do, and place themselves with Jesus. That was so hard for them: the crowd was so mean, so full of hate, just like some people passing our little group. But they stayed and compassionated Our Lord, and He asks us to do the same today. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta tells us it must cost us something. That doesn’t necessarily mean money. It may just mean our pride.

Our prayer to God: What do we spend our time on that makes us feel good? TV? Video Games? Eating out? How about giving up some of our well-deserved pleasures and giving out some of our time and talents?  Maybe we could do something this Lent we always wanted to do but, for some reason, feared. Jesus will be with us. We do Him no service to weep for Him and not His children.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Devotion for today: kindness amid chaos

Our next lady of the passion is St. Veronica. We are on the path to Calvary, and as we stand in the crowd, we see a woman perform an amazing act of kindness. This version of the Stations of the Cross is found at
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. For by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. 53:2-3
He had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
From the Book of Psalms. 27:8-9
You have said, "Seek my face". My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek". Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation.
"Your face, Lord, do I seek. Hide not your face from me" (Ps 27:8-9). Veronica ­ (Bernice, in the Greek tradition) ­ embodies the universal yearning of the devout men and women of the Old Testament, the yearning of all believers to see the face of God. On Jesus' Way of the Cross, though, she at first did nothing more than perform an act of womanly kindness: she held out a facecloth to Jesus. She did not let herself be deterred by the brutality of the soldiers or the fear which gripped the disciples. She is the image of that good woman, who, amid turmoil and dismay, shows the courage born of goodness and does not allow her heart to be bewildered. "Blessed are the pure in heart", the Lord had said in his Sermon on the Mount, "for they shall see God" (Mt 5:8). At first, Veronica saw only a buffeted and pain-filled face. Yet her act of love impressed the true image of Jesus on her heart: on his human face, bloodied and bruised, she saw the face of God and his goodness, which accompanies us even in our deepest sorrows. Only with the heart can we see Jesus. Only love purifies us and gives us the ability to see. Only love enables us to recognize the God who is love itself.
Lord, grant us restless hearts, hearts which seek your face. Keep us from the blindness of heart which sees only the surface of things. Give us the simplicity and purity which allow us to recognize your presence in the world. When we are not able to accomplish great things, grant us the courage which is born of humility and goodness. Impress your face on our hearts. May we encounter you along the way and show your image to the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

My thoughts: In our week of almsgiving, let us be
 Veronica to those around us. It was hard for her
 to step out  in front of brutal Roman soldiers and
 a jeering, mocking crowd. I don’t think she was 
met with great admiration and applause; yet she
dared to do what she knew in her heart was right.
 Bringing comfort to those rejected by society is
never easy, yet it is the right thing to do. Let us all
 find our own way to cleanse the face of Jesus in
 His people.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Devotion for today: Martha at the table, Mary at Christ’s feet

Today we travel to the home of Lazarus, six days before the passion of Our Lord. Martha, as usual, is serving dinner, and Mary, well, Mary is being Mary.

Scripture for meditation: John 12:1-3

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

St. Thomas Aquinas tells us: Bethany was a village near Jerusalem, and it means the "house of obedience." "He became obedient unto death" (Phil 2:8). Next he mentions the three people who attended or sat with Jesus: Martha, Lazarus and Mary. Martha signifies the prelates who are appointed to serve in the churches: "This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewardess of the mysteries of God" (1 Cor 4:1). Thus we read that Martha served: "Martha was busy with much serving" [Lk 10:40]. Lazarus, who had been raised to life, signifies those who have been brought from sin to the state of righteousness by the ministry or service of the prelates; and they, alone with the other righteous, feast spiritually with the Lord. Thus he says, and Lazarus was one of those at table with him: "Let the just feast and rejoice before God and be delighted with gladness" [Ps 67:4]. Mary signifies the contemplatives, for we read in Luke (10:39): "Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching."  Three things are mentioned about Mary's kindness: first, the ointment she used; secondly, the kindness she offered; thirdly, its effect. With regard to the ointment, three things are noted. First, the amount, and it was a large amount, a pound of ointment: "If you have many possessions, make your gift from them in proportion" (Tobit 4:8). Secondly, its matter, for it was made of nard: "While the king was on his couch, my nard gave forth its fragrance" (Song 1:11). Recall that nard is a short black aromatic herb; and the ointment which is made from it has a fragrance which has the power to give strength and comfort. Thirdly, its composition is noted, for the nard is described as pisticus. According to Augustine, the word pisticus is taken from the place where nard originates. However, it is better to interpret this word as meaning "true" or "pure," that is, as not adulterated: for pistis in Greek is the same as our fides [truthful, honest]. He adds that it was costly, because it was made from nard, which is used in costly ointments, and perhaps other expensive ingredients were added to it. This teaches us that we should offer to God those things we regard as most precious: "I will offer to thee burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams" (Ps 66:15); "Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished" (Mal 1:14). See Mary's humility, for she fell down at the feet of Jesus and anointed the feet of Jesus, according to, "Let us worship at his footstool" (Ps 132:7). Secondly, see her devotion, for she wiped his feet with her hair, in this way making an offering of herself: "Yield your members to God as instruments of righteousness" (Rom 6:13). He mentions the effect of her ministering when he says, “and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.” This tells us of the goodness of this ointment, which filled the entire house: "We will run after thee to the odor of thy ointments" [Song 1:3]. Mystically, the pound Mary used denotes the work of justice, for it belongs to justice to weigh things and give pound for pound: "Their weight shall be equal" [Ezek 45:11]. Now four other virtues must be added if the work of justice is to be perfect. First, compassion: and so he says, ointment, which, because it is soothing, represents mercy: "For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy" (James 2:12). Secondly, humility is needed: so he says, nard, which, since it is a small herb, signifies humility: "The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself" (Si 3:18). Thirdly, faith is needed: thus he says, pure (pisticus) that is believing (fidelis): "The righteous shall live by his faith" (Hab 2:4). Fourthly, charity must be present: so he says, costly, for charity alone pays the price for eternal life: "If I give away all I have…but have not love, I gain nothing" (1 Cor 13:3).  Again, because the hair is produced from what is superfluous in the body, one dries the Lord's feet with his hair when he takes what he has in surplus and relieves the needs of his neighbor: "Give that which remains as alms" [Lk 11:41]. Thus Augustine says: "If you have a surplus of anything, give it to the poor and you have dried the feet of the Lord." The fact that the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment signifies that because of the works of justice, the Church enjoys and is filled with a good name: "We are the aroma of Christ" (2 Cor 2:15).

Prayer: A favorite prayer of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with Your Spirit and Life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel Your presence in our souls. Let them look up, and see no longer us, but only Jesus!  Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be ours.  It will be You, shining on others through us. Let us thus praise You in the way You love best, by shining on those around us. Let us preach You without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for You. Amen. (

My thoughts: This, of course, is only part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ commentary on this Gospel passage. I encourage you to go to and read the entire entry. Today we learn of two very important roles symbolized through Martha and Mary: the service and the prayer of the Church. It is the same in our own lives. When we spend too much time being busy, we never hear the Lord’s voice. We must take time to pray, meditate on Scripture and place ourselves before the Lord. On the other hand, as St. James tells us (James 1:22): Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” We cannot spend our entire lives in prayer and meditation without bringing the fruits of that time into the world. St. Thomas Aquinas shows us how Mary’s simple act of washing Christ’s feet and drying them with her hair teaches us so many lessons on compassion, humility, faith and charity. Let us learn from our two women of the passion today, and be quick to serve, and quick to pray.

Our prayer to God:  In this, our week of almsgiving, let us not hesitate to give of our surplus...clean out closets and give away what we don't truly need. Then, let us examine what we usually financially donate to the poor, and give more, out of our need and not out of our surplus. Finally, let us perform a random act of kindness, and thus pour forth "the aroma of Christ."

Monday, March 5, 2012

Devotion for today: the woman with the alabaster jar

This week we continue our study of “the people of the passion” by concentrating on the women who accompanied Christ on His journey to the cross. Let us go back in time to a few days before the Last Supper. We accompany Jesus to dinner at the home of Simon the leper.

 Scripture for meditation: Mark 14:3-8
 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”

Scripture for reflection: 1 Samuel 10:1
Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his (David’s) head and kissed him and said, “Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you to be prince over his heritage.

We learn at She did the right thing at the right moment. The unnamed woman who anointed Jesus remains a mystery to us. Not only do we not know her name, probably because the disciples never knew it… but we know nothing of her motives. Did she understand the full significance of her act of love toward Jesus? Jesus knew his passion was imminent, but his disciples were blind to the gathering storm, so there is probably little chance that this unnamed woman understood that the anointing prefigured Jesus' death, a death of a common criminal where anointing for burial is not an option. Some commentators suggest she was anointing Jesus the messiah in preparation for his enthronement in Jerusalem, but again, we don't know. What we can say is that it was an act of selfless love toward the person of Jesus - an act of faith, generosity, acceptance, recognition - an act, says Jesus, which will be remembered throughout time. In the midst of deception and disloyalty we find an act of dedication. In the journey of life, circumstances will often conspire and we will find ourselves with a momentary opportunity to act in accord with the passion of Christ. Someone is sick and in hospital and just for one moment we get the feeling that we should do something, visit, send some flowers. The moment quickly passes and the rush of life takes over. The crazy thing is that often the gut feeling, that left-of-field prompt is right on the money. A momentary act of love, seemingly unimportant, prompted by a gut feeling, can have enormous consequences when it taps into the sovereign will of God. When we place ourselves within God's intentions, what was of little consequence can be carried through to a wondrous end. Doing the right thing at the right moment is rarely our normal practice. For most of us life is filled with lost opportunities. None-the-less, next time a situation arises that is overshadowed by the passion of Christ, take it with both hands and let the oil flow.

Prayer: Psalm 23:1-6: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

My thoughts: There is a very powerful lesson to be learned in the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. The men mocking this woman were judging her on face value. They were condemning her for wasting her money and time on what they considered a silly action. Let us be very careful before we judge and evaluate others. We see here that the woman, who was only following a desire to comfort and show her love for Jesus, was actually performing an action directed by God. Her actions anointed Christ as priest, prophet and king (shown many times in the Old Testament as done with perfumed oil), and prepared His body for the burial which soon awaited Him. We do not know why people do what they do, but we must be slow to think we have all the right interpretations on other people’s lives. My mother taught me never to write the script on other people. Paul Harvey loved to say, “And now you know the rest of the story.”  

Our prayer to God: As we walk through Lent with Christ, let us look for opportunities to be the woman with the alabaster jar. Part of the tripod of Lent, along with prayer and fasting, is almsgiving. Why don’t we carry a jar of “comforting oil” with us as we “anoint the heads” of others so that their cups may overflow with our mercy?  It may cost us some time and effort, but only God knows what the effect will be. Maybe when we get to heaven He will tell us!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Devotion for today: the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

In 1935, Saint Faustina Kowalska of Poland received the following message from Our Lord.

“Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.”(Diary, 687, 1541)
The chaplet can be said at any time of the day, and if your day allows, try to say it at the hour of mercy, which is at three o’clock. This is another fine devotion to begin this Lent, and carry with you throughout your life. Remember to always say it for the sick and dying, especially for those who have no one to pray for them.

How to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Pray the chaplet on an ordinary rosary. Instead of saying Our Father’s and Hail Mary’s on each decade, follow Our Lord’s instructions. Begin with the Sign of the Cross:

The following day an inner voice taught her to say this prayer on ordinary rosary beads:

"First say one 'Our Father', 'Hail Mary', and 'I believe'. Then on the large beads say the following words:

'Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.'

On the smaller beads you are to say the following words:

'For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.'

In conclusion (when you have finished the entire chaplet) you are to say these words three times:

'Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world'. (Diary, 474-476)

 Optional prayers to include are:

Opening prayer:

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world, and empty Yourself out upon us.  

 O blood and water, which gush forth from the heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in you (three times).

Concluding prayer:

Eternal Father, in Whom mercy is endless, and the treasure of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is love and mercy itself.

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