Today, is the beginning of the Novena to The Divine Mercy, where we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for nine days.
“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.
The novena begins with our focus on all humans, as we are all to often focused on ourselves. Then the second bit, especially all sinners, is a wake up call for all of us since we are all sinners. In the Jesus prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner ” we are also reminded of this. Many people in the world have embraced the sin and it has become what the world is know for, just look around and we can see the subjugation of people based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, politics, or nation; the horrors that humankind has done to the environment especially in the United States where it seems most everywhere is paved and there is hardly much green space in cities; and lastly the general sense that although we are connected 24/7 by our devices and social media we really aren’t connecting with one another. Often times I stumble across the general advice on the internet of “Be nice to one another” where it’s treated like a strange concept. Let us all try this advice and act like how we want to be treated, since we all are sinner.