Recently mum re-posted a series of messages that Jesus gave about Good Friday. In one of them, He said that great graces will be given on this day for non-believers to convert; if they just open their heart for one day.
“The time has come for all of you to open your hearts to Me, for just one day, to enable Me to fill you with special graces. These graces will now be bestowed on those of you who have forgotten that I Exist, as the time draws nearer to Good Friday. (14 April 2011 @ 11:00am)
That reminded of a story, yet to be shared here by me; where the most amazing and wonderful thing happened in my family.
On Good Friday of 2014, that very prophecy came true…
I had been praying Crusade Prayers for a few years and my prayers for my mother-in-law, in particular, increased around Christmas time in 2013. She was terminally ill and I desperately longed for her conversion to Our Lord. For Christmas, I made 10 Mass offerings because I could not think of anything a dying person would need more than that. Those Masses were for her conversion.
By Holy Week, she was hospitalized for a downhill turn and then stabilized, having had a drip put in. Her condition was being managed and she was always grateful to have visitors.
I prayed very earnestly that Good Friday that I would be able to share the faith with her and that she would start to believe and trust in God. I started the “Novena of the Chaplet of Mercy” on Good Friday because it is a very powerful prayer and I believe in all it’s promises.
I participated in the “Stations of the Cross” on Good Friday morning. Knowing I had to speak to her that day, I thought ‘I wish I had a holy card of Jesus Divine Mercy image to take with me’.
But all the shops were closed on Good Friday and there was no piety store at the Chapel. ‘Where would I get one now? If only I’d been better prepared!’
After we had finished our devotions, while leaving the Chapel, a little old Italian lady followed, waving something at me. “Here! Here! Would you like one of these?” In her hand was a small pile of Jesus Divine Mercy images and she was offering me one (and anyone who would take them!) I knew it was Providence. I was so grateful! I now had something to take so that my mother-in-law had something to meditate upon, something that could be used to start a conversation and something that might console her.
I then drove to the hospital to visit and to sit and talk with her a while. I felt brave, impelled by a sense of urgency as, at each turn, we worried whether she would make it out of hospital this time.
So when I sat by her side, I talked with her about what God the Father and Heaven is like. For the first time ever, in the 20 years I had tried to talk to her about matters of faith, I saw her face light up and saw her really listen. It was clear she had opened her heart that day to receive what I had to share. I sensed the difference in her reception. I knew she responded differently; she marvelled at what I said! And told me that I made a very good teacher and that I should be a scripture teacher! I chuckled because I knew it wasn’t my work, but the Lord’s! The right words just seemed to come out as I spoke.
As I spoke, I heard a rustle, sensed someone present and then noticed the silhouette of a person hovering just outside her curtain, which was drawn for some privacy, in the busy 4 person hospital ward. I sensed the person “waiting”. So I paused after a couple of sentences and asked if they needed to come in. Nurses often came and go checking blood pressure etc. so I deduced that it was probably a nurse waiting to do observations.
“Oh don’t mind me, I’m just loitering,” he said (through the curtain).
“You can listen if you like!” I warmly offered, as it was obvious that’s what he’d been doing. I’m not sure if he was a nurse or a janitor; he wore a uniform. He then went away. I said a silent prayer for him.
At the end of our conversation I gave her the image for her consolation; to meditate upon and to relieve her fears. She accepted the small holy card gratefully but even more, my words.
I sensed a change in her that day; a turning and an opening of heart. This was a fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy about receiving special graces on Good Friday and particularly in relation to the Novena of Divine Mercy.
Then the next day (Holy Saturday) she had a bad turn again and lost the power to speak. She was very frightened by this.
Early Easter Sunday morning, she regained her speech and the first thing she did was tell her youngest son to call the priest. She wanted to become Catholic and receive all the blessings of Faith! He rang me. “Can you get Father R?” Imagine me trying to get a priest to the hospital on Easter Sunday!! It sounded impossible. I messaged our priest and jumped in the shower, not expecting a reply. He would be at Mass for sure. It was about 9am. When I got out, I read that he was on his way! Before I could even get to the hospital, he had completed all the rites of initiation. She had been baptized Presbyterian so that day she made her First Confession, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and First Holy Communion. He then left just as quickly as he arrived. An Easter Sunday conversion! What a miracle!
Afterwards, the whole family arrived, being called to her bedside, as she appeared to be very unwell; barely able to talk or breathe. So we gathered around her bedside. She then called up all her children one by one, from eldest to youngest. Another surprise was in store from the Holy Spirit.
She called the eldest, her daughter first. “I want you to become Catholic.”
“No mum, I’m not going to do that.”
Undeterred, she continued, “AND I want you to baptize your children.”
Next, she called her eldest son, gave the same imperatives and received the same replies, and the next son followed, right down to the fourth child, the youngest, who finally said “Yes, mum” because he never said no to his mum. She kept repeating her wish regardless of their answers because she knew what had to be done.
For myself, I had tried to do what Jesus’ message said:
“My children, use Holy Week to remind all of the Sacrifices I made for sinners.”
My mother-in-law was one of the people that Jesus talks about who had ‘forgotten that He exists’. She hadn’t meant to. She had had a hard life; without ‘rich soil’.
“These graces will now be bestowed on those of you who have forgotten that I Exist, as the time draws nearer to Good Friday”.
I told her to talk to God in her own words (like the message says) and to pray for others.
“As the time for the powerful Novena of the Divine Mercy draws close, this time will be used to flood your souls with a special Gift from Me. Do now as I say, and pray in your own words, to Me today. The graces I will give you will not only bring you closer to My Sacred Heart, but will fill you with the Holy Spirit”.
She told me about a dream she had; she felt she needed to save 3 children who were in danger. She didn’t know who they were and was really worried about them. It was a recent dream because it was playing on her mind and she asked me about it. I told her that she may have had the dream because God wants her to pray for them; in order to save them. I explained that the danger may be spiritual, although it felt physical. This was a new idea to her; that she could offer prayers for the salvation of others. I am not sure if I also talked to her about offering her sufferings at that time, but at some stage I did. Gradually in little bits, she learnt what was needed about seeking and giving forgiveness and offering prayer.
These prophetic commands to her children, and her own conversion, were the result of the great graces received on just one Good Friday, making it the most joyful Easter ever!
She also recovered unexpectedly and remarkably well because of the Anointing of the Sick (as Catholics often do) and lived for 7 more blessed months. One of her last acts as a Catholic was to make a good Confession shortly before she died. She died just before Christmas and I believe is now counted among the holy souls, or even the saints in heaven.
And just so you know about the youngest son, he has not ‘turned Catholic’ yet, but after many hardships and by yet another miraculous grace, he and his wife received their first child in to the world, recently. And later this month, I am to be her God-Mother. 🙂
True story by Donna Liane.
The Quotes mentioned in the above testimony are from:
Message 0062 on the 14 April 2011 @ 11:00am
“Special Graces promised for Calling on Jesus for just One Day”
My beloved daughter, thank you for devoting more time to this most Sacred Work. The time has come for all of you to open your hearts to Me, for just one day, to enable Me to fill you with special graces. These graces will now be bestowed on those of you who have forgotten that I Exist, as the time draws nearer to Good Friday.
As the time for the powerful Novena of the Divine Mercy draws close, this time will be used to flood your souls with a special Gift from Me. Do now as I say, and pray in your own words, to Me today. The graces I will give you will not only bring you closer to My Sacred Heart, but will fill you with the Holy Spirit.
Pray My Novena from Good Friday and include as many souls as you can and I will save every single one.
For those of you who fall back, even after devotion to Me, I will lift you up again and again. Never be afraid to turn back to Me if you stray. I will never forsake those who keep coming back to Me. As sinners, this will tend to happen. Never fear, I Am standing next to each of you ready to embrace you every time. Sin can be forgiven. Never feel guilty for sin if you need to turn to Me to ask for forgiveness. I Am always there.
My children, use Holy Week to remind all of the Sacrifices I made for sinners. My Compassion is still strong. It has never diminished for souls, even those whose sins cause Me deep offence. If a soul seeks forgiveness, then that sin will be banished.
My Novena of Divine Mercy will instill the most powerful graces when recited from Good Friday in the lead up to the Feast of Mercy nine days later. By reciting this you will not only save your own souls but millions of others. Do this for Me.
Your ever-loving and loyal Divine Saviour,
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