There is so much to learn about Divine Mercy, St. Faustina and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. I am drawn to it all. However, not until spending the Lenten season reflecting, researching and praying (and I barely grazed the surface) about Divine Mercy did I really begin to understand how practicing its many components could make an impact in my life and in the lives of so many others. In fact, I had a Divine Mercy app on my phone that I downloaded several years ago and had never used...until now.
HERE IS THE PRESENTATION that was used. The presentation also includes links to the videos that were played.
A NEW PERSPECTIVE:
By putting into practice a few of the suggestions from the book, Divine Mercy for Moms, and their awesome website; we can come to believe more strongly that God has a beautiful plan for each of us through his merciful love. Acts in word, deed and prayer are certain to place extra joy in your life … even though sometimes it’s hard or may even cause some suffering. Something as simple as preparing a meal for your family may not thought of as an act of mercy, but, when made with a happy and prayerful heart, it certainly is! These mundane tasks like cooking, laundry and wiping runny noses – especially for our constantly hungry, messy and “germy” families– are not often viewed as merciful acts, but, as a chore list. Are you on autopilot? Running like a robot can be very efficient and it “gets the job done”, but, it can also numb our hearts a bit. Intentionally living our lives for Jesus (and even going beyond or homes to serve the greater community) is so grace-filled! So, consider leaving the morning dishes to help a friend in need or take your kids to a playground and leave your phone in the car to soak in every moment with them. Take that pile of clothes to a women's shelter or stop in the adoration chapel (even with your kids ... for a few minutes.) Being aware that every act we do has the potential to fill the world with more love, is a beautiful consolation.
THANK YOU EMILY, MICHELE & FR. GAITLEY:
Thank you Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle for writing the book, Divine Mercy for Moms. And, for Fr. Gaitley for inspiring and encouraging them. Did I mention today that these two women went to college together at the same time as Fr. Gailtey who has written so many beautiful books on Divine Mercy? They didn’t know each other well (just through acquaintances), but, met up at a 10 year class reunion where this ministry began to materialize after a short conversation.
NO SUCH THING AS COINCIDENCES – A STORY:
Emily and Michelle speak briefly that “there are no such things as coincidences” … especially when it comes to Divine Mercy. I too found this to be personally true! I had been secretly wishing for a copy of the Diary of St. Faustina to share with our group. Two days before our gathering I visited “The Little Lending Library” located on my church campus hoping to find a few books for kids to read to my 3 year old. When I opened the door of the little wood house, there was the book of the DIARY! I had prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet almost daily that past week and was also praying the Divine Mercy Novena in anticipation of Divine Mercy Sunday. I received a mini-miracle! Coincidence? I think not.
Enjoy the resources below from our gathering and prayerfully consider (if you haven't already)
ways to live out Divine Mercy in your life!
DIVINE MERCY FOR MOMS WEBSITE & VIDEOS:
You can learn so much about how to more fully live out your vocation as a mom by purchasing the book Divine Mercy for Moms or simply going to their website. ALL of the videos that were presented today are HERE. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE LAST ONE on developing a relationship with the Blessed Mother.
OTHER RESOURCES FROM THE MARCH GATHERING ON DIVINE MERCY:
- IMAGES: The gallery wrapped images of the Divine Mercy image and more can be found at: http://www.divinemercyart.org/
- THE CHAPLET IN SONG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYtxixBnVGg
- DAILY READINGS FOR WOMEN & REFLECTIONS AT BLESSED IS SHE
- WHAT IS DIVINE MERCY? WHY DOES IT MATTER?: From the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.
- 33 DAYS TO MERCIFUL LOVE by Fr. Michael Gaitley. A workshop on the book is being tentatively planned for the fall of 2016 to by lead by Sr. Mary Juliana, O.P. at St. Michael’s in Stillwater.
- MERCY IN MARRIAGE: Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage by Teresa Tomeo & Dominick Pastore
- SIGN UP FOR “FORMED” A RESOURCE WITH TONS OF FREE AUDIO, VIDEO, CLASES & MORE! Go to www.formed.org, enter our Parish Code (contact Becky if you need it) and create a personal account. Start enjoying the great FREE Catholic content! Fr Michael Gaitley’s Divine Mercy DVD will be available this Sunday on Formed.org.
- PRAYER BRACELETS: Emily and Michelle make bracelets they sell on their website that contain a small crucifix, a Divine Mercy medal and then alphabet charms for the initial of the person(s) that is being prayed for. Consider purchasing one to further develop the mission of Divine Mercy for Moms: http://www.divinemercyformoms.com.customers.tigertech.net/posts/400/. I made one of my own with simple materials from the craft store for a few dollars (with two of the charms being ones I already had). What a beautiful physical reminder to PRAY for loved ones.