The Holy Father Has 'Prescribed' Mercy

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By Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC (Nov 18, 2013)
On Sunday afternoon after lunch, Sr. Margherita, one of the Sisters of St. Joseph who works for us here in our Roman house, came into the dining room to show us what she had received in St. Peter's Square during the Holy Father's weekly Angelus message.

It was a small, flat box similar to one that you would buy containing cold or allergy medicine. There was a picture of the Sacred Heart on the cover, and it was labeled as a spiritual medicine called Misericordina ("mercy"). Inside the box was a rosary, a Divine Mercy holy card, and an instruction leaflet. At the end of the Angelus message, Pope Francis held up one of the boxes and said the following:

"I would also now like to prescribe a medicine to all of you. But someone might think, 'The Pope is now a pharmacist?' It is a special medicine to concretize the fruits of the Year of Faith, which is drawing to a close. It is a medicine of 59 intertwined beads. It is a 'spiritual medicine' called Misericordina. A little box with 59 intertwined beads. This little box contains the medicine, and some volunteers are distributing it to you as you leave the Square. Take it! There is a rosary, with which one can also pray the Chaplet of Mercy, spiritual help for our souls and to spread love, forgiveness, and brotherhood everywhere. Don't forget to take it because it does good! It is good for the heart, for the soul, and for our whole lives!"

Apparently this initiative was begun by a group in Cracow, Poland, and was brought to Rome with the backing of Archbishop Konrad Krajewski who is in charge of the Papal Charities. Thousands of boxes were produced in Italian, Spanish, English, and Polish. The people in the Square were delighted to receive this spiritual medicine.

The instruction leaflet states "the medicine brings mercy to the soul, felt as widespread tranquility in the heart. Its efficacy is guaranteed by the words of Jesus. It should be applied when one desires the conversion of sinners, when one feels the need of help, when one lacks the strength to fight temptations, when one is not able to forgive someone, when one desires mercy for a dying person, and when one wants to adore God for all of the graces that one has received. It can be applied, both by children and also by adults as many times as one feels the need. The foreseen dosage is the recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy promoted by Saint Faustina Kowalska. Unintended side effects or contraindications have not been found. The Holy Sacraments are conducive to the effectiveness of the medicine."

It says that one should read the instructions well before taking the medicine and to conserve the instructions in case of a relapse. It also says that one should visit a priest or a religious for further advice and information. The leaflet also contains quotations from the Diary of St. Faustina.

Sister Margherita's joy at having received the gift echoed the sentiments of the people in the Square. I think it is a wonderful and creative example of the new evangelization!

Father Joseph Roesch, MIC, serves in Rome, Italy, as the vicar general of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

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Faustina Messenger of Divine Mercy - Feb 26, 2014

I just saw the Faustina Messenger of Divine Mercy and now I understand more about the message of the Divine Mercy. Its asme I would recommend to go see it. Its by St. Luke Production.

Bob Allard, Director, Apostles of Divine Mercy - Dec 11, 2013

Wow, Pope Francis handing out Chaplets of Divine Mercy! This is definitely the Holy Spirit at work! All of you promoters out there, isn't it great to be part of this Divine Mercy movement?

John Doering - Divine Mercy Support Network of Sacramento - Nov 25, 2013

I too would like to order at least 100 boxes; one for every pastor in our diocese. Each January we send them a thank you gift for their hard work the previous year. I'm sure they would want to show it to all their parishioners. Another exposure to The Divine Mercy, especially from Rome, will go a long way in promoting the message and devotion.

Health Care Professional for Divine Mercy - Nov 22, 2013

I have gone to the web site tonight, I could not find any english language ordering information , but I did notice something that caught my attention. It showed wooden rosary beads. As a nurse of the HPDM Apostolate, and Confraternity member, I carry wooden beads, have done so for a few years. Wood can go into CT scan, MRI, and they can be held, there is no metal.. Many patients have told me they have recited the rosary while in the machine. I carry 2 rosary each shift I work, sometimes the patient or family will notice my Divine Mercy pin, which I always wear, or I wil notice a medal, cross, or they will speak of their difficulty. If the Lord is looking to touch them on that day, he will find his way to the market place, home, hospital. If you cannot find the exact package I know you can make or order rosary, and the Marian Fathers have beautiful card, with the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the back. This card also has the web site and telephone number. I have found in doing this that the beads are a tangible reminder to those receiving of the Loving Merciful heart of Our Lord, and the intercession of Mary Immaculate, coming to them, offering comfort and peace.

Maryann Therese - Nov 22, 2013

I would love to have one for myself, and a few to share~

Mary - Nov 21, 2013

I also have carried rosaries in my purse in an old pill bottle, sturdy and secure, and said, prayer is the best medicine.

Kathleen Roesch - Nov 20, 2013

Surely this idea was inspired by the Holy Spirit, it is so marvelous, all encompassing.
Perhaps you could follow up and contact those in Poland who started this, and find out how to get the English version as someone requested.
May God guide you in all of this.

Health Care Professional for Divine Mercy - Nov 20, 2013

thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful article, with the Holy Father's desire to spread the message of the Lord's great mercy, sending us out into the marketplace.. As an Apostolate member, I carry rosary and Divine Mercy images. Patients and family respond with joy, when in their difficulties, they are reminded that the love and mercy of the Lord, is with them, that they are not alone.
thank you for the beautiful article!

Bishop Martin Igwe Uzoukwu - Nov 20, 2013

May God bless our Pope Francis and all his collaborators. Priests should please promote Eucharistic Adoration in parishes. Fr Joe, thank you for sharing this News with us. God bless you.

Deacon Bob - Nov 20, 2013

Excelent article Fr. Joe!
Many Thanks for sharing this with us. Pope Francis used my line...that I take 59 vitamin pills for good spiritual, physical and mental health. And, they tast good too! ;-)

Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC - Nov 19, 2013

Here is the Polish Website. There is a scroll down menu to pick the English language box but unfortunately everything on the website is in Polish.

Sue - Nov 19, 2013

If anyone knows if/where/how we could order...that would be great idea!!

bernard mbarry - Nov 19, 2013

What a great idea to provide this for all churches in north america to hand out on divine mercy Sunday 2014