Adult Stem Cell Awareness

March 29, 2008

Divine Mercy Sunday for life issues

Filed under: prayer action — benotafraid @ 3:06 am
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This Sunday is the celebration of Divine Mercy. Sadly, only a minority of Catholics are familiar with this powerful devotion, and even far fewer of our non-Catholic brother and sisters. If you, dear reader, do not know what the Divine Mercy devotion is all about, we invite you to learn about it here.

In 2003, John Paul the Great offered a papal blessing to those who would pray the chaplet specifically for the intentions of ending the culture of death and for the relief of its many victims. I don’t know if that papal blessing is irrevocable or not, but certainly Our Lord promises to shower down graces each and every time we pray the chaplet.  In 2003, Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life wrote:

The Holy Father has given a new gift to the pro-life movement.

You have likely seen the picture of Jesus standing with his hand pointed to his heart, from which red and pale rays emanate. The words “Jesus, I trust in you” are at the bottom. This image represents the devotion to Divine Mercy, based on revelations given to St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). The image itself was revealed to her, as was the “Chaplet of Divine Mercy,” in which we pray 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. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”Pope John Paul II has fostered this devotion within the Church, and has declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday. Many of the faithful, especially in the pro-life movement, practice this devotion.

Now the Pope has personally emphasized this connection once again, by signing a special Papal Blessing for those who pray the Chaplet for an end to abortion. The blessing, signed on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 2003, is addressed to the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy and to “all the faithful worldwide who join them in offering the Divine Mercy Chaplet…for mothers, that they not abort their offspring; for infants in danger of being put to death in the womb; for a change of heart of providers of abortions and of their collaborators; for human victims of stem cell research, genetic manipulation, cloning and euthanasia; and for all entrusted with the government of peoples, that they may promote the Culture of Life, so as to put an end to the culture of death.”God cannot fail to hear our prayer; let’s not fail to pray it.

And so, friends, let’s make use of this gift. Let us ask mercy for our own sins, and those of the whole world, especially as they concern the life issues by praying the chaplet on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Come upon this post after Divine Mercy Sunday? Here is another great opportunity to pray with so many others around the world: Saint Michael the Archangel Organization.

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