Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club: Chapter 1

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Welcome to the Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club! We’re reading Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of Saint Faustina, by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet.

As I placed my life in his hands, I felt at peace. - Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club at CatholicMom.com

Divine Mercy for Moms, by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet, is a book that is beautifully-written to help today’s mothers live the messages of Jesus as they were given to St. Faustina of Kowalska.

Both Michele and Emily have their own stories of how the message of Divine Mercy helps them in their daily lives, and I think that both of them would agree that they could have never foreseen just exactly how Divine Mercy would be integral to their vocation as Catholic wives and mothers.

Chapter 1 of Divine Mercy for Moms is part of Michele’s story, and also tells us about the life of St. Faustina. Michele admits that when she visited the shrine of St. Faustina in Krakow, Poland, as a college student, she had not yet completely embraced the faith that she grew up with.

I think many cradle Catholics, including me, can relate to that experience. We come to our faith through our families, but truly embrace it in our own ways, and through different periods in our lives.

Michele’s visit to the shrine of St. Faustina was a seed planted in her heart that slowly grew, and the graces of that pilgrimage have since revealed themselves through Divine Mercy.

I read the diary of St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul, many years ago and it was probably way over my head theologically and ideologically, but the message “Jesus, I Trust in You” was planted like a tiny seed in my heart.

I was especially affected by Jesus’ request to St. Faustina to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the presence of the dying, as He would stand between the dying and His Father as a merciful Savior.

“When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as a merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541)

I read that passage over and over in disbelief. Jesus would stand between me and His Father as a merciful Savior. He would save me. Of course, I’ve always known that Jesus saved all of us, but it’s a very powerful image — there I am, sinful and sorrowful, in the words of the Memorare, and there is Jesus, my protector, my Savior, standing between me and my judgment. The Divine Mercy image helps us. There He stands with rays of red and white pouring from His heart — water, which washed us clean at Baptism and gave us sanctifying grace, and blood from the Crucifixion, which gave us salvation.

“The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls… These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” (Diary 299)

That particular passage regarding praying the chaplet from Divine Mercy in my Soul came back to me often, prompted, I’m sure, by the Holy Spirit, and I began to pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy often, the words coming easily and often, just as they did with St. Faustina.

“Once, as I was going down the hall to the kitchen, I heard these words in my soul: Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you.” (Diary 687)

As a wife and mother, I came to depend on the Divine Mercy of Our Lord, and those words stayed with me…“When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as a merciful Savior.”

Several years after I read the diary, I gave the prayers of that chaplet to Jesus in the presence of my dying brother-in-law at the very moment he passed from this life into the next, and I have faith that those prayers not only helped to save the soul of my brother-in-law, but gave comfort to his parents and brothers, as they, too, pictured Our Lord as a merciful Savior.

In my vocation as a mother, I have raised my children, from innocent young babies, to teens and adults who use their God-given free will as they live their lives, and I take great solace in those words, “not as a just Judge but as a merciful Savior,” and pray that my children will find their own way to Divine Mercy.

“Jesus I trust in you.”

To Ponder, Reflect, and Discuss:

  1. Have you read the diary of St. Faustina?
  2. The chaplet briefly describes the life of St. Faustina and how she came to be the recipient of Our Lord’s revelations. What part of her story do you most relate to?
  3. Have you seen the Divine Mercy image? How does it speak to you?

Feel free to comment on your own thoughts from this week’s reading, your impressions and reflections, and/or your answers to these questions.

Download this week’s printable journal:

Next week, we’ll cover Chapter 2: Developing Trust in Jesus through the Divine Mercy Devotion. For the complete reading schedule and information about our Book Club, visit the Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club page.

As I placed my life in his hands, I felt at peace. - Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club at CatholicMom.com

Copyright 2016 Barbara Stein

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Barbara is a Catholic wife of 30 years and mother to four children, and a daughter-in-law, living in central Ohio. A former homeschooler, now owner of a fledgling business and two Etsy shops, she enjoys spending her days praying, cooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, making rosaries, and reading. Barbara loves our Church and living the liturgical year, celebrating the lives of great saints, and cooking for their feast days and holy days. Visit her blogs prayingforgrace.blogspot.com cookedandlaundered.blogspot.com

7 Comments

  1. I´ve read the Diary of St. Faustina for the first time in my twenties, before she was proclaimed a saint. It touched deep my heart and I´ve been praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet since then. One of the promises that impressed me a lot was the one when Jesus told her that even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this chaplet only once, will receive the grace of His infinite mercy (Diary, 687). I remember my mother trying to convince one of my uncles to pray the Chaplet. He was away from the Church and suffering with many problems. She finally convinced him and we three prayed together. That day made such an impact in me, because I felt that Jesus would fulfill his promise for my uncle. Now, over 20 years of that day, I can say that my uncle is a new man. I´m sure he´ll be saved. I taught my children to pray the Chaplet, and I often try to remember the people that can be dying while I´m praying. When my grandmother was at the ICU at the hospital, many miles away from me, I woke up early and started praying the Chaplet for her, feeling that it might be her last day with us. I guess I prayed about 6 or 7 Chaplets and then I received a message telling that she had died. I´m sure she went straight to Heaven. I have the image of Merciful Jesus at home and it gives me a lot of peace.

  2. I received my copy of the book today for the book study! I will read it tonight and read this week’s reflections (this post) tomorrow, then the journal page the day after. Is the Study Guide Questions page link broken? There is no URL, just part of a link, it looks like.

    • Brandi, thanks for letting us know about the broken link for the study guide. I’ve fixed that, so you can go ahead and download the study guide for chapter 1 now. Fortunately the book club discussion is ongoing, so it’s never too late to chime in.

  3. Barbara, Thank you for your reflection.

    I have not read the diary yet, but this is a good reminder that I need to do so. It seems like there are options available from different publishers for the diary. Do any of you know whether one version is better than others or should they all be the same?

    I receive the daily emails with excerpts from the diary and it is often very encouraging/seems to align well with what I am pondering at the time in one way or another.

    I just got my first Divine Mercy image for my home back in August. It was part of a screening of the film The Original Divine Mercy image. I really love having the image in my room.

    I love the image accompanying this post.

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