12 Shocking Truths about DIVINE MERCY! - Josephine Fernandes

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:35 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 9:35 AM ]
In the year 1996, as I stepped out of St Mary's Church, Dubai, I was handed a picture of Jesus; someone was distributing these two-fold booklets. It was the first time that I had seen this particular image of Jesus—the two rays (red and a pale one) emerged from the heart of Jesus. Later, as I went through the details in the booklet, I learned that this was the Divine Mercy image of Jesus which St Faustina was asked to paint, as stated in her diary. I was very much impressed with all that was written about this image and the many graces that were attached to those who believed in the Divine Mercy, and venerate this image of Jesus. It was the greatest refuge for sinners, it said, no matter how great or hardened the sinner was. The Divine Mercy novena was also published in the two-fold booklet. Until then, the feast of the Divine Mercy was not officially established.

My interest was greatly aroused in this image of the Divine Mercy and all that was written about it. I soon started praying the Divine Mercy Novena, and greatly desired to know more about it. To my great surprise, within a short time, I was gifted the diary of St Faustina - 'Divine Mercy in my soul'. This was the greatest treat for me, as I greatly desired to know more about God's Mercy. As I read this diary, cover to cover, I discovered many shocking truths about God's Mercy, which many of us may not be aware of. I was overwhelmed by all that Jesus spoke to Faustina about His Mercy.

I will share just a few of the shocking truths, as there are too many in her diary to be accommodated here. "My heart overflows with great mercy for souls, especially for poor sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them. I desire to bestow my graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. They have time for everything, but they have no time to come to me for graces." (367) Through these words, I could sense a pleading tone of Jesus. Jesus wants to pour out His many graces upon us, but we are so engrossed with the things of this world, that we have no time to go to Jesus to receive these graces. Here, I could sense the same tone of Jesus when He laments over Jerusalem, "How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing." (Mt 23:37) The Jewish stiff-necked people were not willing to accept Jesus, when He first came to them, but now He has come to us once again through His Divine Mercy as a merciful Saviour, and now He's lamenting over us, pleading with us to come back to Him, and we are also turning a deaf ear to His merciful call.