What happened that caused you to become an
intercessor with the Divine Mercy?
In 1992, my daughter, Gerri, was 24 years old. She
had just started attending college to study nursing, and
she was dating a young man who wasn’t Catholic. She
had asthma really bad. One night she couldn’t breathe
and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. She was
put on life support. I called my family, her boyfriend, and
our parish priest, and we gathered together around her
bed while our priest administered the Anointing of the
Sick. We spent the night repeatedly praying the Chaplet
of Divine Mercy because I knew that this was the most
powerful prayer to be said for those in need, especially
for the dying. The following day, the doctor informed us
that Gerri, who had slipped into a coma, had only a one
percent chance of living. I broke down.
Her boyfriend, John, broke down, too. I said to him,
“John, you might say to Jesus that if He saves her, you’ll
become a Catholic.” Every day we would pray the chap-
let at her bedside. Then, on the ninth day of our prayers,
she came out of her coma! She told us that while she was
in the coma, she had seen Jesus. She had never felt so
much love in her whole life. She said that she and Jesus
spoke about a lot of things, but all she could remember
was that He said, “The two most important things in
life are love and knowledge.” After that, she knew she
would never be afraid to die. Despite her not wanting to
leave Him, she was brought back to life. She said Jesus
appeared before her one last time, in her hospital room,
and assured her everything would be OK. Her asthma
has been under control since then!
She returned to college, received her degree in nurs-
ing and was inducted into the Nursing Honor Society.
John became Catholic, and they married soon after.
They now have four beautiful children. She has taught
them the chaplet, and they pray it together as a family.
Who have you prayed the chaplet for since then?
My first husband, Joseph, was not like my husband
now, Harry. Harry and I pray the chaplet together all
ime and time again, Patricia Cassidy of Dover Plains,
New York, has been given heavenly assurance that
Jesus keeps His promises to those who pray theChaplet of Divine Mercy
— an intercessory prayer given
to the world throughSt. Maria Faustina Kowalska
1930s. Patricia, a frequent visitor to theNational Shrine of The Divine Mercy, s
hares her story with us: