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His Most Compassionate Heart

Bringing all Souls to Safety Through the Novena of Chaplets

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By Marian Friedrichs (Aug 30, 2011)

A few months ago, a friend of mine told me about something that had happened to her son, a college freshman, at the restaurant where he works as a waiter. When he had offered to take the dinner order of a husband and wife, the pair had made a shocking proposition to him. Deeply embarrassed, my friend's son mumbled his refusal but didn't tell anyone what had happened until he got home.

I was grieved and angry to hear that this couple had been willing to degrade their own God-given human dignity and that of my friend's son. My friend, a woman of great faith, spoke about it calmly, but the incident must have been a painful reminder to her and her husband that they can't protect their children from all of the evil that may singe the edges of their lives or even blaze right through the center of them.

The story also made me think, a little selfishly, about my own child: the one who is safe in my womb now but will soon come out and begin his or her journey in the world. What can I say or do to help keep my child safe from that kind of darkness?

God, who promised us that if we seek we will find, didn't let me flounder for long. On the morning after my conversation with my friend, I opened St. Faustina's Diary and read this passage: "Rejoice, all you creatures, for you are closer to God in His infinite mercy than a baby to its mother's heart" (Diary, 423). Then I opened my Handbook of Devotion to Divine Mercy and read that day's novena intention: "Today bring to Me the souls of those who have separated from My Church and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."

I thought about the couple from the restaurant. I didn't know if they had separated from Christ's Church or if they had never been members of it to begin with, but I included them in that novena prayer. I knew that Jesus wouldn't refuse to offer them as many graces as He was willing to offer those who had "[torn] at [His] Body and heart, that is, [His] church." I also felt that I was praying for every poor faithless soul who would encounter my own child during his or her life; rather than hope to shield my baby completely from secularism and worldliness, I begged our merciful God to free His children who were being held prisoner by these errors.

I also noticed the next day's intention on the opposite page: "Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children and immerse them in My mercy." My friend's son is not a little child anymore, but at 19 years old, there is still a bit of childhood left in him, and he is indeed a meek and humble soul, so the next day when I continued the novena, I prayed for him and for my baby. The anxiety I had felt began to fade as I pictured their souls "immersed" in the light of the rays from Jesus' heart.

Since that experience, I've marveled at the power and comfort we can find in the novena of chaplets that our Lord gave to St. Faustina. A refrain of the novena prayers is the petition that Christ will bring the intended souls "into the abode of [His] most compassionate Heart"; in praying the novena, therefore, we help Jesus to shepherd the souls we pray for into the only truly safe place — His Heart — where even the darkest evil cannot touch them.

At Mass one Sunday, I reflected during the Penitential Rite how parishioners, the celebrant, and visitors at my church ask me to pray for them. How often do I remember to do that? Almost never. But through the novena, I "bring to [Jesus]" all mankind, sinners, devout souls, the souls of religious, lukewarm souls, souls without faith, and every other soul I encounter — whether in church, within my circle of family and friends, or among strangers — including every soul I will not meet in this life and the souls in purgatory. Including myself.

I can't find that couple in the restaurant and force them to stop desecrating themselves and their marriage vows. I can't follow my child through life and shield him or her from sin. I can't lift up by name every single person who has ever asked for my prayers. But in the novena of chaplets, our merciful Jesus offers me the opportunity to use the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy to intercede for everyone: to help satisfy His yearning for souls.

When we use this gift, the whole world has a reason to heed St. Faustina's words and "rejoice," knowing that because we are all enfolded in the Lord's "most compassionate heart," we "are closer to God in His infinite mercy than a baby to its mother's heart." We can never hope — for ourselves, for our loved ones, or for any of Jesus' lost sheep — to find a more secure shelter than this.

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tom houston.tx - Oct 7, 2011

After spending some time reviewing the Novena of the Divine Mercy, i believe that one should make it part of our daily prayers, just one day at a time , over and over.

One will begin to see a Marion points out, bring souls to Jesus and immersing them. We cover all souls we should be praying for besides our own petitions.

Think about the word "Imersing" what does that mean to us?

The more one says these prayers of the Novena , with the inter-action with Jesus. I believe one get closer to Jesus who will protect us from all our enemies.(SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL)

If we do as He request St. Faustina, we will find a closeness that will comfort our daily lives.

We can begin to unite our selves with HIM. THAT COOL!

Thomas R Bailey - Sep 1, 2011

This is a great piece on reality! When I was reading this article. “Bringing all Souls to Safety Through the Novena of Chaplets “ By Marian Tascio and got to the part about Novena, it brought back some thought I received while studding the Novena.

Marian says,” I also noticed the next day's intention on the opposite page: "Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children and immerse them in My mercy."
This is the 6th day of the Novena.

I would like to review the structure of the novena prayers. Remember .. Jesus told St. Faustina, I want you to help Me save souls. She replied. “O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to the feet that they may glorify your mercy through endless ages. (72) . Jesus had not yet told what souls to pray for He just used “all sinners” yet in the Novena each day He finally tell her what group to bring each day.

This mean we to can bring him soul we are praying or souls who we know need His mercy. The “Today bring me…” is a action word for giving mercy to others.

Jesus says specially this to the groups in the Novena, using words like “bring to me” and “immerse them”. That is direct!
Here is the full text: “Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.
The Novena is a written down instruction on what souls Jesus wants us to pray for.

One may want to go back and look at each day again and re-read His instructions for each day.


Thank you, Marian for causing me to once again reflect of His words. Jesus I Trust In You!

MARIA C. - Aug 31, 2011

Thank you Lord for this article as this pretty much answer my prayer last night on how to draw my family esp. my brothers (Raul, Alfredo, Reynaldo and Eduardo (Joey) to You. Please, make them close to you as they have been separated from Your Church and those who have become lukewarm. These 2 intentions pretty much sums up my personal intentions for my 4 brothers. I always know that opening my computer and directing me to the marian website gives me peace and answers to my daily prayers.
Thank you Jesus, for being with me always. Mama Mary, keep me always under your mantle of protection. St. Faustina, pray for me and my family and Blessed JP2, please continue to protect me as you have been my inspiration since the day I known you. Amen.

Patty Theresa, SFO - Aug 31, 2011

Dear Marian,
Thank you so much for sharing. I do try to pray the Chaplet when I am able to and also find great comfort when placing people and intentions on the Divine Mercy prayerlist and have seen many miracles, praise God!
It is nice that you mentioned about the Novena, as had not really thought to pray the Novena other than when it is done beginning on Good Friday, but this sounds like an excellent practice and it really brings all souls Jesus asked us to pray for into His Heart in a most special way. This is good for the many ungodly things we are seeing in our times. Thank you so much for sharing. May the Lord bless you and keep you!

P - Jul 24, 2008

We just celebrated Feast of St.Magdalene , from whom seven demons were expelled - may be the demons of hatred and deciet ( which are equated with seven demons in Proverbs )and may be all entry of evil comes in with lie and hatred , as it might have been in this couple , hatred of God and His righful Lordship in our lives !

We have the Image of Mercy and we can touch and bring souls to Him , to The Image , for that extra trust and comfort it brings us , asking our Lord and Father , to pour out His life giving Holy and Precious Blood on us all ( July is mo. for devotion to Precious Blood ), to remove what is not of Him in us and for The Spirit to come and take charge !
Peace !