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The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

There are several practical ways you can incorporate the Chaplet of Divine Mercy into your prayer life:

  • Pray after receiving Holy Communion (it is an intercessory prayer that extends the offering of the Eucharist)
  • Recite during the nine days before the Feast of Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter)
  • Pray at three o’clock each afternoon (the “Hour of Great Mercy,” recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross)
  • Offer the chaplet for the incarcerated, homeless, conversion of souls and the salvation of souls.

For more information about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, please visit the official website at theDivineMercy.org

 

What Is Divine Mercy & Why Is It Important Today?

We all need to be familiar with The Divine Mercy because the keys to a more enriched spiritual life lie in the details of the story.

During this program, we will explain and answer several important questions:

  • Who  was Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska and what is her relationship to The Divine Mercy?
  • What is The Divine Mercy message and devotion?
  • What does Church Teaching and Sacred Scripture says about God’s Mercy?
  • What is the Feast of Divine Mercy?
  • Why is Divine Mercy important today?

The Bountiful Divine Mercy of God

The Bountiful Divine Mercy of God

Is God’s Mercy truly limitless? Why does the Catholic Church celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy?

Listen in as Father Ed Hauf, OMI, discusses these things and the amazing message of Jesus, with Mother Magdalene (Mission of Divine Mercy, New Braunfels).

The Name of God Is Mercy by Pope Francis

In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.

In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—why “mercy is the first attribute of God.” God “does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins,” he writes. As well, the Church cannot close the door on anyone, Francis asserts—on the contrary, its duty is to go out into the world to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done.

The first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has traveled around the world spreading God’s message of mercy to the largest crowds in papal history. Clear and profound, The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with this desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.

“The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.”—Pope Francis

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Lent & the Year of Mercy

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, spoke with Kathy Tragos, Director of the New Evangelization at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Helotes, Tx, about the special significance of Lent during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

In the year since he was elected, Pope Francis’s simple message of mercy, service, and renewal has spread to every corner of the world. Through his gentle demeanor, selfless actions, and welcoming call for service to others, Pope Francis has captured the attention of a world longing for an authentic message of hope—we want to hear what he has to say.

Collected from Pope Francis’s speeches, homilies, and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God’s call for evangelization, Pope Francis’s deep wisdom reminds us that the Church must move beyond its own walls and joyfully bring God’s mercy wherever suffering, division, or injustice exists.

Named TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year,” Pope Francis is helping the Church continue toward an authentic Christianity that is faithful to the Gospel and resonant with the world’s greatest needs. The Church of Mercy encourages each of us to ignite the flame within to help share the light of Christ and revitalize the Church.

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.”

With these words, Pope Francis initiated the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It was a year in which the whole Church turned its eyes to the merciful heart of the Father, as revealed in Christ. Click here to read the full Bull of Indiction of the Year of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus.

During this Jubilee Year, opportunities to receive a plenary indulgence were offered throughout the worldwide Church. A plenary indulgence is a full remission of the temporal consequences of sin. Sin not only makes us guilty, for which we need forgiveness, it also distorts the soul and disrupts our relationship with God. Even after being forgiven for our sins, the effects of sin usually require time be purified. After death, the process of purification usually continues in Purgatory before we can enter into Heaven. Indulgences remit the time required of us in Purgatory. A plenary indulgence eliminates all of the time in Purgatory required of us.

One condition for receiving a plenary indulgence during the Jubilee Year of Mercy was to pass through a Holy Door, signifying a passage from the darkness of sin to the light of grace. Holy Doors have been appointed throughout the world, with many in San Antonio! The following is a list of San Antonio Archdiocesan parishes with Holy Door. Click here for more information on Holy Doors in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

1. San Fernando Cathedral
2. Holy Trinity Church
3. St. Anthony Mary Claret Church
4. St. John Neumann Church
5. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
6. Holy Name Church
7. St. Vincent de Paul Church
8. San Juan de Los Lagos Church
9. Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
10. Sacred Heart Church
11. St. Joseph Church
12. St. Andrew Church
13. Sts. Peter and Paul Church
14. St. Mary Magdalene Church
15. Mission San José
16. St. George Maronite Church

Padre Pio in the Year of Mercy

During the Year of Mercy, we hosted Fr. Patrick A. Martin who leads the Padre Pio Prayer Group at the Shrine of St. Padre Pio in San Antonio, Texas, to speak about St. Pio of Pietrelcina and the mercy of God.

 

Divine Mercy in My Soul - Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska

Divine Mercy In My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina

The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska chronicle Sr. Faustina’s great experience of Divine Mercy in her soul and her mission to share that mercy with the world. In the Diary, this woman mystic’s childlike trust, simplicity, and intimacy with Jesus are stirring. Her spiritual insights will are surprising and rewarding. “Only love has meaning,” Faustina writes. “It raises up our smallest actions into infinity.”

Though she died in obscurity in 1938, Sr. Faustina was hailed by Pope John Paul II as “the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time.” On April 30, 2000, the Pope canonized, saying that the message of Divine Mercy she shared is urgently needed at the dawn of the new millennium. More than 800,000 copies of the Diary have been sold world wide. How did St. Faustina grow in deeper trust and intimacy with Jesus? What promises did He make to her? Discover the answers to these questions and many more in the Diary of St. Faustina.

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An Examination of Conscience

An Examination of Conscience Booklet

“An Examination of Conscience: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Confession” by Fr. Robert Altier (Booklet)

This booklet is softcover, small enough for a man’s pocket or woman’s purse, and includes:

  • “Why should I confess my sins to a man?”
  • “The loss of the sense of sin”
  • “Forgiveness of sin”
  • “How to go to Confession”
  • Prayer before and after Confession
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Mortal Sins & Venial Sins
  • Imperfections

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