Divine Mercy Sunday: Reason for Hope

Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like…how terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them. O My Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, than offend you by the least sin.” (Diary 741)

There are many people today who have fallen for the enemy’s greatest deception – namely that hell does not exist. Unfortunately many of those individuals are “Christians” and “Bible-believing Christians” at that! Yet Sacred Scripture is contains many references to this place of eternal damnation.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, I wish to remind us all that it is the Grace of Our Lord that will save us it is out of His Mercy that He has stayed His return. The love of God for us is so powerful that He “will[s to] have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:14).” The Divine Mercy devotion, revealed to Saint Faustina from Our Blessed Lord Himself, is evidence of that.

Examine the following prayers:

  1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
  2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following: 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.
  3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades.)
  4. Conclude with: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (three times)

The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a prayer, a devotion to the Mercy of Our Lord. It is a pronunciation of our trust in Him and ties directly with Eucharistic Adoration, His Passion and His Sacred Heart:

Try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Most Blessed Sacrament. My Heart, which is full of mercy: and should you be unable to step into chapel. immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. (Diary 1572)

According to Our Lord, He prefers that we pray this Chaplet at the Hour He died, 3:00pm. That is the hour when the Holy Sacrifice was finished (John 19:30):

At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy … In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (Diary 1320).

At this point you may ask, “What does all this have to do with the reference to hell above?” The reason is because His Mercy is what can keep us from the fires of hell.

Look at what Saint Faustina wrote about the vision of hell that Jesus permitted her to see

“Today, I was led by an angel to the Chasms of Hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw:
  • The First Torture that constitutes hell is: The loss of God.
  • The Second is: Perpetual remorse of conscience.
  • The Third is That one’s condition will never change.
  • The Fourth is: The fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it. A terrible suffering since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God’s anger.
  • The Fifth Torture is: Continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own.
  • The Sixth Torture is: The constant company of Satan.
  • The Seventh Torture is: Horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies.
These are the Tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings.

There are special Tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings related to the manner in which it has sinned.

There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me.”

Yet, let us not despair for as the following prayer for conversion, taught to Saint Faustina by Jesus, gives us even more hope: O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as Font of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

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