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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of testimonies from our readers who share their stories on the power of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. To share your own testimony, please e-mail us at info@thedivinemercy.org.

by Mary Ann Knaze

I just have to tell you the beautiful story of Divine Mercy and the way it has affected my granddaughter Kara. She is 16 years old and has Down's syndrome.

Nearly always, I pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy at 3 o'clock, the Hour of Great Mercy. Kara has often seen me do this. Consequently, she began to take interest in what I was doing. In fact, she took such an interest in the Chaplet that she would go get her rosary and join me in praying.

What began as a curiosity has turned into a practice, and now, even when I am not there, her mom puts on the television for Kara to pray. Sure enough, almost without fail, Kara gets her rosary beads at 3 p.m. and prays the Chaplet.

Coming home from school just before 3 p.m., her first stop is the TV — not to watch cartoons or other such programming but to pray the prayer Jesus taught St. Faustina. After she finishes, she enjoys a snack and begins tackling her homework. Even on Saturday and Sunday, Kara loves to pray the Chaplet in song.

Kara's innocence and prayerful attitude is a great source of inspiration, comfort, and consolation for me. I know that the merciful Father is with her. May Jesus, The Divine Mercy, help her in all her special needs throughout her entire life.

Jesus, I trust in You!!

Mary Ann Knaze lives in Johnstown, Pa.

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MARIA C. - Mar 7, 2011

What a great testimony of how Jesus, our Merciful Savior works thru all of us most esp. to especial people like Kara. That just goes to show how important it is to pray for the unborn babies who are being threatened with abortion when tests showed Down's syndrome or any other genetic abnormalities. I firmly believed that no matter what our newborn baby would turn out to be, he/she is a gift from God and a blessing to the parents and their family. Kara is a living testimony of this....May God Bless her and your whole family always..

Mary - Mar 6, 2011

My four year old granddaughter Lily Grace likes to come to the family rosary at our parish. She sits intently on my lap, holding her beads throughout the rosary. When you ask her, she says she likes to pray and she folds her hands together. She has Down Syndrome and she loves music. Your story has inspired me to pray the chaplet in song with her. I pray the chaplet each day, but have not prayed it with her yet. When we pray the chaplet, we will pray for Kara and all these beautiful children, special gifts from God.

Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC - Mar 5, 2011

What a beautiful story! When we taped the Divine Mercy Chaplet which is shown weekdays on EWTN, we prayed for all the people who would be watching and joining us in prayer over the years. We certainly prayed for Kara and I'm so glad she joins us in prayer everyday!

Munya - Mar 3, 2011

Can't hold back my tears - tears of joy- as I read your testimony. Thanx 4 sharing

Michael C. - Mar 3, 2011

Your granddaughter has the innocence and purity in praying that we all strive for. Thank you for the story

Lynne-Marie - Mar 2, 2011

Your dear granddaughter, Kara, is so close to God and we can learn much from her sweet innocence and trust in Jesus. Thank you for sharing this lovely story.

Cathy Mack - Mar 2, 2011

God bless her. this is a great example for people to find the time at 3:00 PM to say the Chaplet.