the time, but Joseph didn’t pray it with me. In 2002,
Joseph was dying of cancer from smoking, and he was
afraid of dying. I would pray the chaplet, and he would
listen. I told him Jesus was so kind and loving, and
Joseph and I had reconciled with each other. One day,
our friends and relatives had just finished praying the
chaplet with me by his bedside and the priest arrived
just before he died to give him the Anointing of the
Sick. He died at 3 o’clock in the afternoon— the hour of Divine Mercy!
When one of my neighbors became deathly ill with
emphysema, I prayed the chaplet for her, even though
she said that there was no God. Still, I remembered in herDiary,
St. Faustina records Jesus saying, “When you say
this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf
of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion.
This is the prayer: O Blood and Water, which gushed
forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I
trust in You” (186-187).
I prayed this conversion prayer for her, and she died
shortly after. At her funeral I saw rosary beads in her
hands, so I’m hoping that something happened!
Now, I’m working on another miracle for a young
man named Charlie who has three inoperable brain
tumors. I have such faith that Charlie can be healed.
That’s why I’m driven to visit the National Shrine of The
Divine Mercy so often. I venerate the relic of St. Faustina
for Charlie. I will accept God’s will if he is not physically
healed, but I know I’m heard by God. I’m so obnoxious
with my prayers, I know that I’m a hound of Heaven. I
pray, and God must say, “Oh, it’s her again!”
I pray the chaplet for many people who are sick and
dying. Even if a miracle doesn’t happen for some people I
pray for, I’m still putting their lives into the right hands.
Who do you share theDivine Mercy message
I tell everyone about the Divine Mercy message and
the chaplet, including through a special Facebook page.
I give out Divine Mercy materials to those I know and
those I happen to meet who are suffering in any way.
I also leave booklets on the chaplet in the hospital that
Gerri was taken to, with a note on it that says, “It’s not
by chance that you found this.” I don’t worry about the
reactions I will get when I share the devotion, because
Jesus said to St. Faustina, “Souls who spread the honor
of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender
mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be
a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior” (1075). I want
to do anything I can to give people hope.
— Melanie Williams
Please pray for
writer best known for “The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
in Song,” which was filmed at the National Shrine
of The Divine Mercy in 2002 and frequently airs on
EWTN. Now, he needs
prayers. Michael, who was
diagnosed with end-stage renal failure in 2011, needs
a kidney transplant.
“Michael’s family and young children are desper-
ate for him to live,” said his chaplet co-singer, Trish
Short. “They are praying to find a match for Michael
within the next eight months’ time.”
Please lift Michael up in your prayers. Praying
the Chaplet of Divine Mercy seems most appropriate.
To offer further assistance to Michael, visittransplants.org
and click on “Find an NFT Patient.”
Then enter Michael’s name into the search field.
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Congratulations to the
Most Rev. Martin David
(associate member) of the
Marian Fathers, who was appointed by Pope Francis
as bishop of the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee
“We are happy because not only is he a beloved
shepherd of the Catholic faithful, a man of deep faith, of
great love and of tender heart, but also because he has
been very close to our community,” said the Very Rev.Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC,
provincial superior for the
Marian Fathers in the United States and Argentina.
Before his new assignment, Bishop Holley served
as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington,
D.C., where he spent a lot of time with the Marian
Fathers in the Marian House of Study. Bishop Hol-
ley ordained Marian priestsFr. Andy Davy, Fr. Chris Alar, Fr. Angelo Casimiro, Fr. Ken Dos Santos, Fr. Ron McBride,
and Fr. John Larson.
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Safe travels to Jerry Bauman ,
founder of Divine
Mercy for Youth, based in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
He’s heading up to Stockbridge later this fall to have
his new Divine Mercy food trailer blessed by the Mar-
ian Fathers. He and his volunteers have been using
the trailer to distribute free pizza, drinks, and Divine
Mercy images to children in poor neighborhoods. The
outside of the trailer has images of Jesus, Mary, St.
Faustina, and St. John Paul II. “We call it ‘Operation
Mercy Relief,’” Jerry says.
We’re looking forward to seeing it in person.
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