By Abd Jasu,
Love One Another! 2/2003 → Divine mercy
Since Jesus desires perfect happiness for us in heaven, He calls us to conversion. We must renounce evil, and depart from the path of eternal damnation.
It is never too late to convert. The greater the soul’s
misery — Jesus says — the greater its right to My
mercy. On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide
by the lance for all souls. I have excluded no one (Diary, 1182).
The message of Divine Mercy imparted to Saint Faustina is a warning
to us all, but especially to those who do not take the call to
conversion seriously, and are reluctant to approach the Fount
of Divine Mercy. To those whose hearts and minds are closed, and
who will not confess their sins, Jesus says: Oh, how wretched
are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s
mercy! You will call out in vain, but it will be too late (Diary,
1148). As St. Paul states: No one makes a fool of God. A person
will reap exactly what he sows. If he sows in the field of his
natural desires, from it he will gather the harvest of death;
if he sows in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit he will
gather the harvest of eternal life (Ga. 6: 7-8).
The Lord entrusted St. Faustina with a critically important mission:
You will prepare the world for My final coming (Diary, 429). Our
Blessed Mother spoke to her about the same mission: I gave the
Savior to the world; as for you, you must speak to the world about
His great mercy and prepare the world for His Second Coming (Diary,
635). Jesus warns that the Day of Judgement will surely come.
He calls us to take advantage of God’s mercy: The awful
day, the day of My Justice, is near (Diary, 965). Before I come
as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. Who refuses
to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door
of My justice (Diary, 1146).
The message imparted to St. Faustina tells us that God is Love
and Mercy itself (Diary, 300,1074). Our Lord wishes us to be rid
of fear and to rely on His Divine Mercy. However, when the present
time passes, Christ will come to judge us. Let all mankind recognize
My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it
will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them
have recourse to the fount of My mercy (Diary, 848).
I do not wish to punish mankind — says Jesus. I desire
to heal it, and press it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment
when they force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold
of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending
the Day of Mercy (Diary, 1588).
Jesus asked Faustina that the first Sunday after Easter
be declared Mercy Sunday, the Feast of Divine Mercy. I desire
that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls,
and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of
My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon
those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that
goes to Confession and receives Holy Communion shall obtain complete
forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine
floodgates, through which graces flow, are opened. Let no soul
fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet […]
The Feast of Mercy emerged from My depths of tenderness. It is
My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after
Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount
of My Mercy (Diary, 699).
To prepare us for the Feast, Jesus bids us say the Divine Mercy
Novena, beginning Good Friday. The Lord told me to say this chaplet
for nine days before the Feast of Mercy […]. Through this
novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls (Diary, 7969).