Monday, October 22, 2012

the Divine Mercy Devotion and the Tumult of the 20th Century

“For mercy is an indispensable dimension of love; it is as it were love's second name.”—Blessed John Paul II
In 2000, Blessed John Paul II declared the Sunday following Easter to be the "2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday." This followed an instruction from Christ in a private revelation given to St Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who died in the 1930s, just prior to World War 2. The devotion to the Divine Mercy given to St Faustina focuses on what the Holy Father points out. We are asked to ask and obtain God's mercy, trust in its abundance, and show mercy and act as a vehicle for the mercy of God through various prayers (namely a chaplet and novena, particularly when said at 3 PM, the hour of the Passion of the Lord).

Hyla's image of the Divine Mercy, as instructed by St Faustina
It's incredibly important. I believe we live in an age of Divine Mercy, where the Holy Spirit is more active than ever, for Satan is more active. Pope Leo XIII had a vision which showed Satan being granted the 20th century to destroy the Church and the world. In response, various prayers to St Michael were composed, such as this popular one (said in private, and in public as part of the Prayers After Low Mass until 1964):
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of soul. Amen.
 It should be said that much if not all of the last century's problems were caused by Satan. Let's see: imperialism's last throes, the Great War, the Depression and the hurt from the Great War, Communism, Nazism, Fascism, WW2, the Cold War, the atom bomb, genocides, terrorism, poverty and famine on a massive even man-made scale, abortion...the list goes on and on. So let's pray in response.

Also, the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima is connected to this, for she told the children much of what was to come in a general fashion. Both devotions serve the same purpose; it is right they should, for to come to Christ we need to come through the Blessed Mother.

One last bit: today is the feast of Ss Nunilo and Alodia, two martyrs killed in the 9th century in Cordoba, after being tried for apostasy. Pray to them for protection against the threat posed by fundamentalist Islam and all its errors.

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