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A 'Hound of Heaven'

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By Melanie Williams (Jan 30, 2017)
Time and time again, Patricia Cassidy of Dover Plains, New York, has been given heavenly assurance that Jesus keeps His promises to those who pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy — an intercessory prayer given to the world through St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s. Patricia, a frequent visitor to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, shares her story with us:

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 chaplet 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 nursing 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 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 her Diary, 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 the Divine Mercy message with?

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.

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