It is Good Friday. This is a day of deep grief and sadness, that resonates with and is dearly loved by, Catholics in particular. I say this because we devote this entire day to reflecting on Jesus’ Passion and Death, in so many little ways, and we also reflect on our personal sins and our frequent human failings- due to our sinful nature, which made our Salvation, in this manner, necessary. Our sorrow drives us to know we need The Sacrament of Confession- and in this, we are given to know that, with true contrition, we are truly forgiven. This too brings tears; of thankfulness- for His Goodness, Mercy and Grace. The Cross is our reproach and Our Fount of Mercy. The natural response to this is fasting, abstinence, sobriety and prayer.
On this particular Good Friday, while travelling to the 3 o’clock reading of the Gospel of John 18:1-19:42; (commemorated in many, if not all, Christian Churches) I suddenly remembered that The Chaplet of the Novena of Mercy starts today- on Good Friday. A condition of this is to be in a state of grace; having confessed all our sins, after a thorough examination of conscience. Grace obtains grace.
Surprised, and grateful, I decided to begin it immediately. I remembered the intention for the First Day of this beautiful Novena of Prayer, was for “All Mankind; especially sinners”. I thought how fitting it was, that this was the intention, falling on Good Friday, where Jesus gave Himself for that same intention
We intercede therefore, for all humanity, both sinners who are greatly in need of Salvation, and believers; we all are part of the one human family in need of Our Saviour. I had a prayer intention weighing quite heavily on my heart too. I had need of prayer, a powerful and fitting prayer, to help give words to my sorrowful soul which heaved and sighed within me, for this person, but it was not foremost in my mind at that moment.
I also trust in this prayer. This prayer is one of great trust in God. I prayed the Chaplet with the Day One intention of Jesus in mind, laid at the foot of the Cross; at Jesus’ feet, on Good Friday. And I travelled on to hear the Gospel. Later, I reminded a few others of the chance to start and partake in the Novena today, also because when we hear good news, we want to spread it!
By the time I returned home, I wanted to do more. I desired to read the words which Jesus had given to St. Faustina (Servant of God and Apostle of Mercy) and to pray the words of the intention prayer which offer this group of souls to Him. Again, because they are beautiful, because they appeal to His fathomless Mercy- and in words more perfect than I could choose; they are written through the Holy Spirit, Himself. Just praying these words soothes and consoles my soul and that of My Lord– who on the Cross, in perfect union with The Father and Holy Spirit, longs and thirsts for the Salvation of souls.
So I opened my drawer to find the little pamphlet with these words, to aid me in my prayer and to deepen and prolong my reflection, on this Holy Day. Upon doing this, the first thing I saw were my volumes of The Book of Truth. I decided to pull one out, being likely that I had kept the Divine Mercy pamphlet in it, as one of my many bookmarks. I had pulled out Volume 2. (There are 5 volumes).
I began to quickly do a visual check of the 5 or so bookmarks in that volume, to try to find what I was looking for. On the third bookmark I checked, my eye fell on a message entitled, “Only Through the Prayers of Intercession, can those souls in the dark be saved.” ( April 3rd, 2012). I stopped to read this message which directly related to my unspoken prayer intention and was an answer to my concerns. The message said that intense prayer was needed now, during Holy Week, for the salvation of souls who are beyond helping themselves, and that this needed to be our priority. It reminded me that when we ask Our Beloved Father, in Jesus’ Holy Name, to save such sinners, our prayers will be answered. In the message, Jesus then offers us a specific prayer to pray on behalf of those sinners:
O God, the Almighty Father, on behalf of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and in commemoration of His death on the Cross to save us from our sins, I beg You to save souls who cannot save themselves, and who may die in mortal sin during The Warning. In atonement for the sufferings of Your Beloved Son, I urge You to forgive those who are unable to seek redemption because they will not live long enough to ask Jesus, Your Son, for Mercy, to free them from sin. Amen.
I thanked Jesus for His wonderful encouragement, help and consolation (thinking that was wonderful enough and feeling greatly consoled!) and then, I saw the title of the next message too:
“Please say My Divine Mercy and start My Novena on Good Friday”.
You could have knocked me over with a feather. There are 5 volumes and over 1000 messages. I think God was clearly speaking to me, and all of us, in regards to this, today, and confirming it through The Book of Truth. It’s too much of a coincidence to be one.
Good Friday is all about His Mercy. Lets’ seek it today.
The message can be read here:
The instructions for the completing Chaplet and Novena (9 days of praying the Chaplet for 9 special intentions) can be found here:
As we speak I am holding the Divine Mercy Chaplet pamphlet in my hand, but I can’t recall when or where I found it- and I just felt my Rosary beads in my pocket too.
Today we bring Jesus all mankind, especially sinners…
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but on 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 forever and ever, Amen.