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Day 9 of the Divine Mercy Novena

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In the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy, known today as Divine Mercy Sunday, be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy. A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a feast. In the case of the Novena to Divine Mercy, we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day for a specific intention. Those intentions are: all mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm.

Our Lord told St. Faustina, "I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw ... strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).

Ninth Day:
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM,* and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

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If you have missed a day of the novena, don't be discouraged. Read Dr. Robert Stackpole's column, "What If I Miss a Day of the Novena?"

To catch up with previous days, view our novena page.

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Cheryl Redner - Apr 29, 2019

Dear Jesus as this is the ninth day of my divine mercy novena, I Trust in you that I will soon be blessed with a good Catholic husband! I thank you for prayers answered in advance! I love you Lord Jesus Christ!

Anon - Oct 29, 2018

Mercy goes where the need is the greatest. The lukewarm receive the greatest graces above all else.

Roland Mendonca - Apr 22, 2017

I want thank Jesus for helping me n my family to complete our Divine Mercy novena everyday at 3pm,thou we are facing lots of problems like i am jobless for three years recently my daughter was operated n i had no money but i dont know how things went up,then my parish priest told me that those who worship divine mercy n say the novena everyday have trouble but our divine Lord never leave us alone he help us in one way or the other n this is what i have experiences n so i keep all my faith in him n i believe in him that one day he will take away all my worries,JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.

St. Faustina St. Raphael pray for us all - Apr 22, 2017

God is merciful and forgiving . His love endures and wants all in heaven .

The goal is to be in Paradise heaven .

The best way there is with a purified clean heart and is possible with the sacrament of confession especially near to Divine Mercy Sunday to have special graces to heal heart

Confession, receiving Jesus in the Eucharist with a pure clean heart on Divine Mercy Sunday can have special graces in hearts to enter Paradise heaven

The best possible time to go to Confession is near Divine Mercy Sunday

Thanks after reading this to tell at least someone and everyone when possible to go soon to Confession

Peter - Apr 22, 2017

Jesus, cover me with your mercy as I battle fear worries and doubt. Help me in this time. Grant me your inner peace. Jesus I trust in you.

Tricia - Jan 9, 2017

When you pray the novena, do you then follow up each day's prayer with the chaplet?

ericka - Apr 3, 2016

Lord I pray that my family will be together again and will live a healthy life...thank you for my blessings amen

Concerned Parent - Apr 2, 2016

Pray for Trinity St. Clair!

Pat - Apr 2, 2016

Lord, I pray that you have mercey on my daughter , Sherrie Cruson and heal her legs and of the uveitus disease that she suffers with.

Donald Joseph Trojanowski - Apr 12, 2015

Jeuz Ufam Tobit

Clare Clarins - Apr 11, 2015

lukewarm is indifferent, self -sufficient, treating the Lord as nether here nor there.

Michelle - Apr 11, 2015

A lukewarm soul is tepid, indifferent or spiritually mediocre.
In the Book of Revelation tepid souls literally make God sick: "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." {Rev. 3:15) Probably more than anything this inspires me to stay fervent in my prayer and spiritual life.

Banessie - Apr 11, 2015

Jeff, As in 'let your yes mean YES and your no mean NO.' A believer who does not share his faith is ineffective in saving souls, by not showing God's love to them. Lukewarm implies indifference, apathy. One in a drought of prayer, or not knowing God would NEED a cool sip of living water. Another, in need, perhaps facing the elements such as cold or wind would need the warmth of soup. It takes passion to care and outreach. Mostly, lukewarm implies at rest, and we pray for fervant souls ever seeking God's guidance. Peace and blessings!

Susan - Apr 11, 2015

We have had the most inspirational Novena and totally thrilled to have had Father Thomasz to officiate. a truly inspiring 'friend' and wise way beyond his 32 years. Filled the church with love and thought provoking and inspiring words. We love him and want to keep him! He returns to study in Rome but, by God's grace, he will return for another visit and Novena one day.

Jeff Rutkowski - Apr 11, 2015

Just curious, what does Jesus mean by a 'lukewarm soul'? What is a lukewarm soul?