Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet

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By Marc Massery (Jan 10, 2018)
Just 12 days after he died, Pope St. John Paul II was seen visiting an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a hospital on a rainforested island off the coast of Alaska.

On the second Saturday of April, 2005, Carole Denkinger of Sitka, Alaska, began feeling ill. But she could not let a mere respiratory infection slow her down. She owned and operated her own bustling bed-and-breakfast in a tourist town, so she had to keep working.

By Thursday, however, she could not take in enough air to cough. She spoke on the phone with her son, Todd, an emergency room doctor in Seattle, Washington. "He said that I sounded like the worst respiratory patient he had ever had in the ER," Carole said.

Carole's husband drove her straight to the hospital. The doctor examined her lungs with his stethoscope. "I can still see him sit back with this grave-looking face," she said. The doctor said that he could not hear any air moving in her lungs. He was concerned they were shutting down. An x-ray revealed pneumonia. On top of that, she had a history of asthma. Carole was immediately admitted to the ICU.

Nurses wheeled her away, put an oxygen tube in her nose, inserted an IV in her arm, pumped her with antibiotics, and left her to rest.

Alone in her hospital room, the reality of her situation began to set in. Carole thought about her four children, of course, but she was especially concerned about her husband, who had just been diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma in February. "I pleaded with Jesus for mercy, to not take me now. I prayed 'Jesus, I trust in You' over and over," Carole said.

She started to cry. Then she remembered her dearest friend, Barbara Rocheleau. Just months earlier, they had made a pact: If either one of them faced death, they would pray the Chaplet together.

In between breaths, Carole told Barbara over the phone what was happening and asked her to come pray. "She could barely speak," Barbara said.

As soon as Barbara arrived, she placed her folding Divine Mercy image on a ledge and blessed Carole with Holy Water from a spray bottle. The lights were hurting Carole's eyes, so Barbara shut the shades, closed the door, and hit the light switch. Carole had Barbara sit back several feet from her so Barbara wouldn't catch her illness.

In this dimly lit room, Barbara blessed herself and invited the recently deceased Pope to pray with them from Heaven. She started to say the Chaplet aloud while Carole, too weak to speak, mouthed the words and followed along on her rosary beads.

They had prayed about a decade of the Chaplet when Barbara saw something suddenly appear on the wall opposite her. "In full 3-dimensions on the wall, I saw Carole's deceased mother, standing in full daylight in a field," Barbara said. "She looked as though she had been gardening." Barbara remembers that Carole's mother was wearing dungarees, a red and white checkered shirt, and had a kerchief tied around her head. She, too, was holding a rosary, and was praying with them.

Then Barbara saw even more. "There were perfectly lined up rows of [Carole's] ancestors who were also praying. I couldn't hear them, but I could see them," Barbara said. Mesmerized, she continued to pray.

Then suddenly the scene changed. Carole's mother and ancestors faded. That same wall lit up with an intense, heavenly light.

In the midst of that light stood Pope John Paul II, strong and vibrant, in his white cassock, cape, and zucchetto. He strode into the room, crossed in front of Barbara, and stood right before Carole. He laid his hands on Carole's head and prayed in silence.

Barbara said, "I didn't know what to do. I didn't expect him to show up."

Barbara began to cry. She was so moved that her throat closed up and she could not speak. "Time stood still — I realized I needed to just watch," she said.

All this time, Carole had her eyes closed. "I thought Barbara was crying because of her concern for me, so I began to pray for her, and waited ... for her to continue to pray the Chaplet," Carole said.

Barbara watched as the Pope finished praying over Carole, who was oblivious to the miracle happening right before her. The Pope proceeded to kneel at the foot of the bed, head bowed in prayer. Finally, he stood up, turned his head toward Barbara, smiled, and walked back into the light.

"He just had this pure purpose about him," Barbara said.

After he left, Barbara finished praying the Chaplet aloud. As soon as the last prayer was finished, she rushed over to Carole's bedside and said, "Carole, you are so loved!"

"I am?" Carole responded.

Barbara told her everything she had just witnessed.

That same morning, Carole began feeling much better. By the afternoon, she was calling her friends and relatives, telling them about Barbara's vision and her rapid recovery.

Two days later, doctors released Carole from the hospital. Air was now rushing through her lungs.

"I have witnessed the power [of the] Chaplet of Divine Mercy," Carole said. "I am eternally grateful for having received the mercy of Jesus."

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Cyndi B. - Jan 19, 2018

Wow, what a story. The Divine Mercy is absolutely amazing..

tan seng huat - Jan 11, 2018

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In praying for the healing power of the divine mercy chaplet to be made known, and what kind of patron saint is Saint John Paul II? How can this be made official?
In being driven to pray for my long-running blocked nose and sinus after reading the sharing and testimony by Jim Amato, and that I could discern Saint John Paul II gently telling me that I have received my healing. Thank you very much, Jim Amato, and I hereby am also driven to pray for your sharing to be a testimony according to Their holy namesake.
And as always, loving, praising, blessing, adoring, championing and glorifying all of You, in Your holy namesake,
And praying all of the above in the name of our Divine Mercy and perfect advocate, our LORD Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns together with You, our God Father ABBA, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.

John O'Brien - Jan 11, 2018

Just what I needed to hear! And Saint John Paul II one of my "adopted" Saints this year for 2018. So I'M going to put him on the spot and tell him that he has to come help me!!!

Barbara Herzog - Jan 11, 2018

Wow! As an RN, I feel Carol was very close to death. Asthma and pneumonia can be very deadly when it has advanced this far with little air movement in the lungs. It is difficult for the patient to exhale, trapping the air in the lungs. This means overinflation, which is a dire condition. This is a beautiful story of the invisible reality of the power of prayer made visible. Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there I am (Jesus) in their midst. When Carol and Barbara prayed together (2 people) and received the intercessory prayer of St.Pope John Paul II (now 3 people), there was Jesus, the Divine Healer, in their midst. In addition to so many of Carole's ancestors!
We have to do our part to continue to pray. Of course medical staff need to do their jobs well too. I always pray for God to bless my work because God is the Healer, ultimately.
Jesus hears our prayers! He loves every person dearly.

Rosanna - Jan 11, 2018

This is so beautiful and so touching.❤️ Thank you for sharing.

Sammie Wood - Jan 11, 2018

This is such a beautiful, powerful story. Such a great reminder to remember our intercessors and to know that our family is always praying for us. What a wonderful grace to be able to see such things. I can’t imagine.

Jim Amato - Jan 11, 2018

First, a thank you for this article. Believe me, St. John Paul II never ceases to amaze me and that is why we utilize Him and St. Faustina as the patron saints of our prayer group, THE MEDICINE OF DIVINE MERCY. Let me explain: I urge the reader to Google a story published on this site in 2005 by Dr. Steven C. Miller entitled “MERCY CUTS TO THE BONE.” The story is about a miracle that took place involving the surgical skills of Dr. Miller, an orthopedic surgeon, and surgery her performed on my daughter that had an impact on an entire West Virginia Hospital thru the intercession of then Blessed John Paul II who had just died a few months before. However, the intercession of this powerful saint doesn’t end there. Karlie, who went on to become a nurse in an Ohio hospital, was again facing surgery in August of 2017. Once again, as her father, I called upon the intercession of St. John Paul II for His assistance to guide her surgeon. I decided to follow the same plan of entrustment I’d used in 2005. In the story I recommended above, Dr. Miller actually stopped the surgery to come out to talk to my wife and I about a procedure he hadn’t planned on. It lead to my return to the hospital chapel to implore the intercession of JP II. You can read the results. In August of 2017, As my daughter’s fiancé, his mother, and I sat in the waiting room, I felt an unusual need to again call upon Thr intercession of JP II. Within a few minutes, a nurse entered the waiting room asking for us to follow her...the doctor wanted to talk to us. The worst ran through my mind as the 25 year old daughter of my wife Kelly and I, laid in surgery. Her doctor, a talented younger female physician explained the procedure and an unexpected discovery that hadn’t shown up on any scan our daughter had ever had. I suddenly started sending the same pattern. Once she explained what she was going to do, as she returned to surgery, I returned to the hospital chapel imploring the help from John Paul II to intercede before the Divine Mercy of Jesus and our Lady. In fact,
My prayer in 2005 and 2017 requested the very presence of JP at the side of Jesus during surgery. An hour and a half later, the surgery was completed, the newly discovered problem rectified and our daughter is back to her nursing duties. I rely heavily upon St. John Paul II and His powerful intercession before the awesome Mercy of Jesus and His real presence of the Divine Mercy Image. In my own Health challenges the past year, I give much credit to Him for His help and healing this far. Thank you for this article as a reminder of the powerful intercession of John Paul II, and the real time healing raysnof grace that emanate from Image of Divine Mercy to offer spiritual, Physical and emotional healing to all those who trust.