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Preach His Mercy Always. When Necessary, Use E-Mail.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A reader of our website, Tom Bailey of Houston, Texas, engages in a powerful deed of mercy and encourages others to do likewise. It's as simple as this: He sends e-mails out to friends, family, and Divine Mercy groups with passages from the Diary of St. Faustina, and he offers a little commentary on the passages. He also e-mails links to stories from our website, thedivinemercy.org. Simple? Yes. Maybe you can do the same!
Below is a recent e-mail he sent out regarding the importance that Christ places on praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, followed by examples of the feedback Tom received:
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Hi! This Diary entry tells us why Jesus wants us to say the chaplet for the dying.
"When I entered my solitude, I heard these words: At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same." (811)
Note the part where it says "when others." Also, note the following regarding saying the chaplet at the bedside:
When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My son. (811)
Saint Faustina then responds:
Oh, if only everyone realized how great the Lord's mercy is and how much we all need that mercy, especially at that crucial hour!
We must tell souls of this great mercy. We can say the chaplet, and someone will receive Jesus unfathomable mercy. Wow!
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Here are some of the responses to Tom's e-mail:
Uncle Tommy ... about three weeks ago, an acquaintance from high school in Houston (Danny) had just entered a hospice program. Everyone knew that he was near the end of his life on earth. When I received the e-mail that he was going to be moved to the hospice that day, I began praying the chaplet for him. My prayer became more urgent as I repeated the chaplet. ... Later I learned that that day had been one of the most trying for him and that he had suffered a lot. A few days later I had the opportunity to help out a friend in some very laborious cleaning work. I asked God to be my strength in sacrificing the time and effort that it was going to take to accomplish this task. I decided that I would "offer up" the time and "sweat" that it was going to take for me to do this for Danny. The job took almost 12 hours to complete. I prayed much of the time, reciting the chaplet and saying various aspirations and prayers. Although it was a tough task, I remained joyful in offering it up while helping my friend whose job it really was. In a sense, it was "easy" because I was doing it for others. (Thank you, Jesus)
All those times that I have been told to "offer it up" finally made sense to me on that day! It was an awesome gift from God. He showed me how to do it! Later that night I received an e-mail saying that Danny died peacefully with many friends and family at his side.
Just wanted to share with you a glimpse of how the Lord works in my life sometimes.
The Lord is kind and merciful!
Hi. The chaplet works.
I was in Lucca, Italy, with my family, and there was a picture of the Blessed Mother up on the wall in the ancient city. My grandchild, age 7, asked if he could say three Hail Marys at the spot. I was teaching it to him and his sister, age 5. They both stopped, and we said the prayers.
I say the chaplet for the dying everyday and showed the children the Mom movie about the Divine Mercy; they loved it. Thanks to the Divine Mercy, my grandchildren are growing in the love of Mary and Jesus.
Tom, this is great! About two months ago, I said the chaplet at the bedside of a resident who was dying. He died that night. It made me really happy to have done that for him. I knew he was in good hands, plus I know he will be rooting for me.
Keep the good stuff coming.
Approximately eight years ago, my nephew was at MDACC with colon cancer. ... The evening that he expired, I had gone to visit him. His parents and siblings were at his bedside. I had taken some holy oil and told everyone to gather around his bed and anoint him. Then we all knelt down around his bed and prayed the chaplet. We all assured him that it was OK to go with God and rest.
There was a sense of peace in the room. I left. No sooner had I gotten off the elevator on the main floor, my niece came down and asked me to go back up. Mike had just expired.
A year or two prior to this experience, I was going through a personal trial. Father John shared with me his faith and trust in The Divine Mercy. I started attending the cenacle at St Lawrence. My nephew's death made a huge impact on my faith journey. I could feel the presence of God in that hospital room. I will never forget the expression on his face when I left; he was so peaceful. Since then, other members of my family have died, and we have made it a practice to pray the chaplet with family members at their deathbed.
Trusting in Jesus,