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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Divine Mercy image and theology? Where are His wounds?

This post will no doubt be controversial to many. It is not my intent to offend. I am not stating that Sister Faustina is not a Saint nor that she did saw an apparition of whom she thought was Jesus.

NOTA BENE: Tuesday, April 10. I was correct, it was controversial and some found it offensive; and yet, there are many who agree with me. I put this devotion in the same place as Medjugorje. I don't believe either but if God brings good out of what was a fraud, then that is His perfect will. The fact is, there was a reason it was banned and a Polish Pope who undid it not just be enshrining it but by having it unbanned decades earlier, to be studied. When I first saw the image, I saw the Polish flag and still do. You can believe that it was a real apparition, but it is in the realm of private devotion. It has debased Fatima and the Sacred Heart.

How ironic is it that on a Sunday where in the Gospel of the Mass we recall the actions and words of St. Thomas the Apostle where he literally places his fingers in the wounds in the hands and sides of the Lord Jesus and then proclaims, "My Lord and my God," we find the day has been co-opted by the cult of Divine Mercy and a Jesus who has no wounds.



Think of two hymns. That Eastertide With Joy Was Bright; -- "He showed to them His hands, His side, where yet those glorious wounds abide. Alleluia."  Think of the great Advent hymn, Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending, "Those dear tokens of His passion, still, his dazzling body bears, ... with what rapture, gaze we. on those glorious scars."


The Venerable Saint Bede (commenting on Luke 24) taught that Christ kept His scars. 

First and chiefly for Christ’s own glory. Christ “wears [His scars] as an everlasting trophy of His victory.”
Second, these scars confirm the hearts of the disciples in the faith in His Resurrection. The scars increase our faith.
Third, Christ retained his scars so “that when He pleads for us with the Father, He may always show the manner of death He endured for us.” They have propitiatory signification in Heaven!
Fourth, Christ kept His scars so “that He may convince those redeemed in His blood, how mercifully they have been helped, as He exposes before them the traces of the same death.” This reveals that He is the Divine Mercy of God!
Fifth, Christ will appeal to His wounds so that during the Judgment Day “He may upbraid them with their just condemnation.” The holy wounds will silently sentence the damned to Hell.

It has always been the teaching of the Church that Christ's glorious wounds remain. 

When Our Blessed Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque she testified of the visibility of His wounds.

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Did Sister Faustina see Our Lord Jesus?

If she did, where are His wounds?

She was apparently so insistent with the painter, how did she not insist on the presence of His wounds?


Why has "Divine Mercy" been allowed to surpass the Most Sacred Heart?


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47 comments:

Catholic Mission said...

She saw Our Lord and she saw Him with his wounds.It is mentioned in her Diary.She had a devotion to the Sacred Heart.
This was how God wanted her to paint the picture of His Divine Mercy.

TLM said...

Yes, I see your point. I actually have a small portrait of the Divine Mercy in my house. It is not the original. There is absolutely indications of His wounds on this portrait. I have seen some of the 'Original' and it is really strange indeed, because some of them actually show the wounds and some don't. That said NONE of the wounds on the Divine Mercy image are 'large gaping wounds' but they are definitely there. Something you can actually spot with the naked eye:) Interesting as well, I have seen one with a small 'heart' where the blood and water were coming from, which may or may not have been taken from the 'original'.

Melanie said...

Totally agree, it’s very shady. I stick w/the Most Sacred Heart.

St. Benedict's Thistle said...

When I first converted I was involved in Divine Mercy devotions and activities. However, the more I read of Faustina's diary the more something felt not right. The painting of Jesus seemed Catholic kitsch at first, but as you enumerate, it now seems a replacement for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Dymphna said...

Thank you for this. Every time I look at both the most popular Divine Mercy image and the more masculine original I feel uncomfortable because I don't see the wounds and I don't like the heavy handed way DM was pushed. I don't know about Canada but in the US anyone who didn't jump on the DM bandwagon was accused of not loving the pope.

Justina said...

I have often wondered whether this devotion is authentic. It was originally condemned before being rehabilitated. I used to think there was no harm in encouraging people to go to Confession and adore the Blessed Sacrament, but now that the Age of Amoris is upon us, I can't help but feel that this was all a way of "softening" us up. The connection between God's justice and His mercy was weakened (by this devotion) before being snapped entirely (by Jorge Bergoglio).

GOR said...

Growing up in 1950s Ireland – when it was still 95+% Catholic and practicing – devotion to the Sacred Heart was a central Irish devotion. It was a rare Irish home that did not have a picture or statue of the Sacred Heart placed in a prominent location. As children we were taught the story of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Thus I saw little purpose to the Divine Mercy devotion. We have had the Sacred Heart devotion for hundreds of years. Why a ‘duplicate’…?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for dealing with this. I dropped this devotion a couple of years ago, several things about it are troubling. The original image which was rather eerie has been replaced by a "sweeter" image. If everything can be engulfed in divine mercy then what need is there of sanctifying grace...it's kind of Lutheran and protestant when you think about it. Also the chaplet is prayed exactly as the Rosary; Mary, the destroyer of all heresies, is prayed to on one bead. It was easier to pray than the Rosary and I started getting the sense that for some reason it was meant to replace the Rosary. When Bergoglio started his mercy spiel I got a sense that this devotion may have been a table setter. I asked myself how can the private revelations of a nun (questionable to many) become so exalted as to get a place in the octave of Easter? Isn't Fatima a greater private revelation that was witnessed by thousands and it's only an optional memorial? You are right a lot about this devotion just doesn't add up right.

M. Prodigal said...

I am a fan of the Divine Mercy and pray the chaplet daily. The diary is awesome and led my young friend to join a traditional religious order. I made the Novena and today am joyful to participate in Divine Mercy Sunday and the many graces offered. No one has to embrace this devotion! Just as no one has to embrace any particular devotion---although the rosary is most highly recommended. I also promote the 9 First Fridays and the 5 First Saturdays and love the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. I have those images as well as a Divine Mercy image in my home.

Catholic Mission said...

There have so many people who have come to Jesus through the Divine Mercy Image and many will have received salvation. They were not drawn to the Sacred Heart devotion.This is just the way things are.
Jesus came to them in a way they were ready for it.
Similarly I knew of Fatima and Lourdes and I wanted to go there but was not drawn so strongly, as I was to Medugorje and I went there. This was how Our Lady worked with me.
It does not mean that I think any less of Lourdes or Fatima.-Lionel

Kathleen1031 said...

I had a bit of a devotion to the Divine Mercy, and actually a few years ago made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge MA, to obtain a plenary indulgence for a deceased loved one. I actually had a pretty neat experience there too. I also prayed the Chaplet in the presence of dying loved ones, and felt very good about the promises made therein. It gave me consolation.
About three years ago, I had the opportunity to hear more about the diary of St. Faustina, and what I heard actually disturbed me. One thing I remember that what she claimed Jesus said to her about herself did not sound at all right. That was when I decided I would not continue any devotion to it.
However, today a loved one needed the Sacrament of the Sick, and Father was kind enough to provide it after Mass. I admit feeling some happiness that it is Divine Mercy Sunday, because right now, we are counting on divine mercy so very much.

JTLiuzza said...

One who agrees with you is none other than Cardinal Ottaviani who tried unsuccessfully to have this devotion suppressed under Pius XII. He was successful under John XXIII only to have the devotion rehabilitated under none other than JPII.

I'm with you, Vox (and Cardinal Ottaviani). I want nothing to do with this devotion.

Anonymous said...

This devotion is also troubling because of what it has done to other devotions. Besides the Sacred Heart devotion (and Immaculate Heart) being almost obliterated, so has the Rosary (the chaplet is sooo much quicker), and, now the Octave of Easter. My priest ignores my concerns (especially about the absence of wounds on the original image) and relies on the "miracles" he has personally witnessed of people returning to the confessional after years in sin. I ask: could these stories of conversion be the result of Easter and its octave and not the Divine Mercy devotion? Is not Easter a more likely explanation or is it now subservient to Sister Faustina's private visions? Are these actual conversions or just a one time guilt trip? To make matters worse, most people I know who participate in this annual trip to Church believe they do not need a firm purpose of amendment in the confessional, this devotion is better than a plenary indulgence, and they can keep their attachment to sin (a couple years ago, I verified this at the Marians of the Immaculate Conception site on the Divine Mercy). It's pushed as a get-out-of-jail free card...no bail...no remorse...no cost. My family does not practice it (we focus on the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts) and I cringe every time a priest brings it up. The consequences of this devotion are not encouraging. I really liked the connection made to Thomas in today's Gospel. This only confirms my belief the Divine Mercy devotion is false.

peasant said...

You must think you know better than God Himself. Our Blessed Lord can appear when He wants, where He wants, and to whomever He wants with or without any His wounds visible. Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother have also appeared in many visions as of any race, usually that of the visionary. After all Mary is our Mother and we are (of us baptized) all brothers and sisters in Christ. After Christ rose from the dead he took on His Glorified Body and appeared in locked rooms. The gospels do not record that he suffered new wounds from going trough the locked door.( Do not try this at home.) The Divine Mercy picture was approved by Saint Sister Faustina and good enough for Saint Pope John Paul II. You might notice that their names are preceded by the title "Saint", a small group of whose company you may want to partake one day. In our present limitation of mortal bodies we can not fully understand God's ways but we must learn to accept and trust His ways as being best for us sinners.

Michael Ortiz said...

Well, at my sometimes liturgical train wreck NO parish, this devotion was sung st 3:00 today, with maybe 50-70 people going to confession, with Benediction to boot. I think the Trad animus against this devotion both wrong and bad for the cause of Tradition.

Dr. T.T.Coals said...

http://www.traditioninaction.org/polemics/F_07_DM_01.htm

Also, go to the Tradition in Action "Search Our Site" page and type in "Divine Mercy Devotion." You will get an entire string of articles exposing this.

In his sermon this morning, Father also pointed out that the placement of the Novena is wrong, as it goes through Easter Sunday to Low Sunday, as if Easter wasn't all that important!

Ireneaus said...

It's times like these I am glad I have a pseudonym.

At the time of my reversion, I was resident in a huge parish which took its inspiration from Divine Mercy. There is a huge painting of St. Faustina to the right of the sanctuary. In the adoration chapel, there was an image of the DM similar to the one you provided, with the words I Trust in You painted at the bottom of the image. I spent many an hour in that place. I looked at that image, particularly the words, and I came to internalize them to a degree, particularly after a week-long retreat I once made.

I can see the benefits of this devotion. I know of the 'miracles' associated with the devotion.

But you know what? I reject the devotion.

Why?

Some of it has to do with what Vox has noted already. Some of it has to do with the troubled history of the diary. Some of it, however, has to do with the sort of mania I saw with this devotion. I never really understood it. Every year I would hear of the novena being promoted in the last two weeks of Lent. During the novena, which the entire parish would be invited to, big projector screens were brought down each night so the entire assembly would be able to follow along. This was supplemented by pamphlets handed out each night detailing the novena. At the end of the novena, there would be a special Mass for the Divine Mercy where the first pastor was invited to preside over. There would be a party, and cake, afterwards.

Outside of the novena, at weekdays Masses, I would often hear the chaplet being recited after Mass in place of the Rosary. (I compare this to the weekday Masses at my "home" parish, where it was preceded by the recitation of the Rosary.)

By the grace of God, I was preserved from descending into this mania, and the subsequent devotion.

I have nothing against the parish or the people who are attached to this devotion.

The Divine Mercy devotion is a good example at how emotions can overtake reason when it comes to the faith and the liturgy. The faith is not meant to satisfy our emotions. Befitting its organic development, the traditional faith and traditional liturgy are rational, and they bring wonderful comfort during times of loneliness and grief. I can attest to that personally. With the Divine Mercy devotion, however, given how people often imbue it with a feverish fervour similar to that seen in the Novus Ordo, I have my doubts about it.

Vox is right to question this devotion. As is everyone else.

Anonymous said...

How utterly diabolical to replace the Hail Mary with this chaplet said on the Rosary beads at the bedside of a dying soul. It is through the prayers of the Holy Virgin that anyone is saved. "Pray for us now and at the hour of our death."

Anonone

Justina said...

Today we heard once again (you hear it everywhere these days) that "God is mercy." Where, in all of Scripture and Tradition, does God ever call Himself "mercy"? God is love, yes. But all day today, everyone says, "God is love and mercy," as though that is the same thing; and then suddenly God is just "mercy" alone, as in the title of Jorge Bergoglio's blasphemous book. During the homily today, the priest, who spoke broken English, kept saying, "Justice? No!" and swinging his arms in a sweeping manner, to do away with divine justice entirely. Then he would say, "Mercy, yes!" and smile and open his arms wide.

This is not right.

Anonymous said...

This issue, honestly, is beyond my pay grade.

I have enough issues to be unhappy about already.



Karl

Steven Mccallan said...

Very good article. I think this devotion is a fraud and I speak as one who had practiced it for years. Christ in Heaven has the wounds on His glorified body and they will eternally be there so that all an see how dear the cost of God to save us wretches. Why are they not in the picture? Where is His Sacred Heart? Seems to me that the demons would encourage a picture of Christ without His wounds. There are many other reasons to reject this devotion and you can easily discover them with a quick net search.

peasant said...

Reading some of the other comments it is quite obvious that most of you critics are totally unaware of one very important thing. The mercy of God precedes His Judgment. For these, events will educate. God's Mercy is just about done and His Arm of Judgement will soon strike.

Mary Kay said...

I suppose I have misgivings regarding the Divine Mercy devotion. Initially I hoped it would be a sign of great grace in the world, and perhaps there has been a little of that. I remember someone asking our old (traditional) pastor about praying the chaplet. He asked if they said the Rosary daily and the person said 'no.' Father said, 'Go ahead and pray it if you like, but only after you have prayed your daily rosary'.
My dear mother (RIP) was very much bothered by the lack of wounds, as Christ's Mercy is exposed in His Passion. She was also upset that the image was so bland after the artist was given such explicit details.
My complaint is that it supplants the Octave of Easter. Those Masses are so rich with prayers and graces! I don't know that it was intentional--that's above my abilities. But I do think it was a grievous error to ignore the liturgy of Easter week.

Kathleen said...

Absolutely.

Where are the wounds?

The Original Painting did NOT have the wounds. Period.

There are LATER versions sometimes passed off as original that do, but the original did not and they try to sweep that under the rug.

And how dare she put the words in Christ's mouth that:

"I am uniting Myself with you so intimately as with no other creature.”(§707)

What of The Immaculate?

How. Dare. she.

There have been other items on this but Maureen Mullarkey does a good job here:

Faustina’s Diary & Editors’ Handiwork
Maureen Mullarkey May 17, 2017
http://studiomatters.com/faustina-diary-editors-handiwork

And if that wasn't enough the sanctuary is straight from hell and no one seems to notice that.

Instead of a tabernacle there is the World (which satan is the prince of) surrounded by barren branches.

https://alchetron.com/cdn/divine-mercy-sanctuary-krakw-4c60ceb1-36b2-4dc2-9121-ec3ee895e20-resize-750.jpg

Faustina and Divine Mercy is the foundation for the anti Church.

And if that isn't creepy enough, to top it off is the chapel of the great lady herself. Front and center instead of Crucifix.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Sanktuarium_Mi%C5%82osierdzia_Bo%C5%BCego_w_Krakowie-%C5%81agiewnikach12.JPG/1200px-Sanktuarium_Mi%C5%82osierdzia_Bo%C5%BCego_w_Krakowie-%C5%81agiewnikach12.JPG

debbie said...

I converted and entered the Church 2015 and of course my 2nd Sunday as a Catholic was DMS. I hadn't learned about in RCIA but I thought at the time...THIS sounds like Protestantism. But I brushed it off thinking I must be wrong; this is after all The Church. Then a few months later as I heard the DMC being sung on Catholic radio and I though...this is creepy. I did not like it at all. But again I thought it must just be me and I am wrong. Then I read where it was twice condemned. That's all I needed to hear. I don't practice the devotion any longer.....except the one time it was given to me as my penance.

Peter Lamb said...

Thanks for the info Kathleen. I speak under correction from memory, because I read it some years ago, but if I'm correct Sr. faustina's diary/ DM was placed on the Index by Pope Pius XII. It's "rehabilitation" by modernist imposters means, of course, nothing. So, for Traditionalists, it remains on the Index. The fact that the NWO pushes it says plenty. I remember from reading her diary that Our Lord supposedly said to her, "You are the pearl of my Heart"!!! My reaction to that was exactly the same as Kathleen's. I have nothing to do with this "devotion".

Catholic Mission said...

JTLiuzza said...
Cardinal Ottaviani...

Lionel. Cardinal Ottaviani was the one who approved the Church accepting invisible cases of the baptism of desire being visible exceptions to the traditional interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. The traditionalists still follow him on this one.

Catholic Mission said...

Michael Ortiz
I agree with you. We should not pit one Mass against another or one devotion against another.One is not better then the other.-Lionel

Anonymous said...

Many people feel a distinct discomfort with some of our modern saints as well. Sister Faustina’s writings display a disturbing lack of humility.

Anonymous said...

We must all pray for God’s own enlightenment, since we can not rely on the hierarchy. May God bless you (and me) with true discernment.

Michael Dowd said...

Good comments on Divine Mercy. There are enough oddities in all of this that we are better off avoiding this devotion entirely. The fact that Divine Mercy is encouraged and our Lady of Fatima has been rendered passe should give us pause and the feminized picture of Christ without wounds is downright revolting.

Marie said...

Back in 1976 (when JPII was not yet Pope) I was rootling around a second-hand bookstore in San Francisco when I came upon a small handmade pamphlet of no more than a dozen typewritten pages, stapled and bound together by faded construction paper. I can't remember the title of the booklet, but it contained the prayer we now call the "Divine Mercy Chaplet."

I fell in love with the prayer right away. It reminded me of what the Angel of Fatima taught the children, so regardless whether it has been approved or not, I started to pray it regularly. Imagine my suprise when in a less than a decade, it would be one of the most popular prayers in my lifetime!

I was delighted to hear of the origin of the prayer and how the new Pope promulgated the devotion. I attended seminars and watched discussions on Divine Mercy on EWTN, and eventually got myself a copy of Sister Faustina's autobiography, "Divine Mercy in My Soul."

Then as if Heaven had fallen on me, my enthusiasm just deflated.

The thing that turned me off with the book was the incident where Our Lord Jesus seemingly staged a tantrum, threatening to leave the tabernacle in the convent allegedly because some of the nuns therein were not holy enough (?) - can't remember now what His complaint was.

Thus, He flew out of the tabernacle like a butterfly, attempting to escape, instead landing on Faustina's hands, who (if I remember correctly) lightheartedly cooed and put Him back inside the tabernacle. There, there.

Three times, I think, this incident supposed to have happened, and much as I adore the Lord and believe He is fully present in the Eucharist, this portion of the autobiography, to me, was incredulous! As my late English husband would have said, "Poppycock and balderdash!" I had to get rid of the book.

To this day, I love the Divine Mercy chaplet and pray it regularly after the Mass, the Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours (in that order.) And to this day, too, I still feel nauseated by St. Faustina's autobiography. Sorry.

Kathleen said...

A NEW Francis-Church "Divine Mercy" Christ with NO Wounds!

http://www.periodistadigital.com/imagenes/2018/04/08/el-papa-ante-un-cuadro-del-jesus-de-la-divina-misericordia.jpg

I thought back when I first encountered it that it would be used to promote touchy-feely mercy without justice.

And along came Francis. It's the core of his routine.

Marcelle Bartolo-Abela said...

All those of you, including the OP, dissing Divine Mercy ought to be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves. Examine your consciences and go to confession! You are worse than the Pharisees who called for the crucifixion of Christ. I state this openly under my own name, not under a pseudonym. Shame on you!

Anonymous said...

St. Faustina absolutely hated the original painting of Jesus. She was devastated and disappointed. Her comments make that clear.

I just went and took a good look at an old, famous and very popular painting of the Sacred Heart on my wall. It is sold on several Catholic sites. Christ has no wounds on His hands.

The focus of the Divine Mercy is the blood and water from the wound in Christ's side. The focus of the Sacred Heart is His heart.

As for the mushy love talk in St. Faustina's Diary, it is mushy love talk, not formal theology. People in love talk like that. "The sun rises and sets on her" is not an error in astronomy. Go read the Song of Songs. That is really mushy. Guess who created mushy. God.

S said...

Medugorje is a diabolical hoax

S said...

Satan can appear anywhere he wishes as well.

S said...

You mad? Ya, you m -a- d.

nazareusrex said...

Private revelations are not part of the deposit of the Catholic faith nor its function is improve or complete the final divine revelation of Jesus Christ as stated by the catechism itself. I return to the devotion of the Sacred Heart that has never been prohibited or so controversial especially for the devotion of divine mercy has to be twisted in such a way that its devotees even use it to justify mortal sin as we have seen.

Nancy Reyes said...

I'm old enough to remember when the post Vatican II liturgist "reformers" had pretty well banished devotion to the Sacred Heart along with the statues in our churches.
Then JP2 came along, and instituted "Divine Mercy" idea.
I figure that the "Divine Mercy" is just God's way to reboot the idea over the "reformers".
And if you notice, unlike Francis with his "get out of hell free" ideas, the Divine Mercy writings stress repentance will get you God's mercy.

Dymphna said...

In the diary Faustina says that Jesus told her that He loves Poland in particular and was going to bless it especially. Well, Germany invaded and the Soviets invaded and the Red Army went on a rape spree and the Soviets stayed for decades. That doesn't sound like a blessing.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

One frequently is confronted with an infestation of Medj flies. They are annoying but you can swat them away. Two consecutive Bishops of Mostar declared there was nothing supernatural about them and the putative seers are proven liars.

The Divine Mercy image is offensive to ABS. This is Jesus Christ, King of Heaven and Earth?

ABS also thinks the image is creepy and weird.

But it is in keeping with the modern tendency towards Lutheranism.

This image fits with the propagandistic agenda of Our Pope and Our Cross that cleaves Jesus Christ in half and so we have Jesus solely as Mercy absent His Justice.

It is, literally, a half-assed theology because it presents to us a half-assed Christ- with only His Mercy.

Franciscus (Ratzinger too) considers His Justice as a cruelty....

Good luck with pitting Jesus against Himself.

ABS will stick with the whole Christ

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

. We should not pit one Mass against another or one devotion against another.One is not better then the other.

Anyone who can not tell that the Real Mass is far superior to the Lil' Licit Liturgy reveals himself as a questionable judge of objective facts.

In form and content, it is not even close.

Now, maybe there are those who think it was a good idea to kill the offertory and replace it with the meal prayers of the Messias-Deniers, but not ABS.

ABS prefers the prayers of those who do accept Jesus as Messias.

peasant said...

I Like this prayer... I don't like that prayer... I don't think this vision or that one is true..

STOP! STOP THIS RIGHT NOW! THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE THE VERY LAST FOR SOME OF YOU! BEND YOUR KNEES, PICK WHATEVER PRAYERS YOU WANT OR WHATEVER PRAYERS YOU MAY KNOW AND PRAY! Ask God to have mercy on your soul and everyone else. Prepare for the health, safety and security of your family in the coming times. May God have mercy on us all.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the lack of wounds could be due in part to influence from Eastern icons, which are more common in parts of Poland than in most Catholic countries. In Byzantine icons, Christ's wounds are not depicted except in icons directly related to the Passion and Death of our Lord or to his appearance to St. Thomas. In the case of iconography, this is a convention wherein the icons depict spiritual realities, not earthly ones; this is also the reason St. Paul is in icons of Pentecost, though he was not physically in the Cenacle. There is a folk belief in some predominantly Eastern-rite countries that Christ is depicted without his wounds lest Satan foolishly attempt to claim some victory over him.

I am generally of the belief that a lot of the Sturm und Drang over this devotion is unwarranted. Devotions come and go; there are dozens of chaplets; nowhere does the devotion ask for the Rosary to be replaced. I don't personally make much use of the Divine Mercy devotion, but I just cannot see what is objectionable about it. The Church survived for a millennium and a half without the Sacred Heart devotion, and most Easterners continue to do so; a different devotion based on Christ's Mercy shouldn't be all that bad.

Josh

Anonymous said...

Those whom the Lord loves he chastises and afflicts. Poland clung to her Faith through it all.

Kerrie Anne said...

I first saw “Divine Mercy” image when I used to have a New Age Spiritual web site, I didn’t like it then. I had started to question the channels coming through mediums on my site, eventually I left my site and went through three years of dark night, I then finally began to cautiously start trusting ‘the spirit world’ again and follow my guidance , thanks to Mother Mary and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and I went back to my Catholic Church ( I hadn’t been a practing Catholic for decades) there was that image again, in the small room where they keep the Eucharist, the image was also on a visiting Polish priests garment , then I was randomly given a card with it on, which I refused to accept, so I researched it and read what Jesus said to Sr Faustina , it is ego stroking! It is comical ! The host jumping around ! Seriously! It is like the channels coming through mediums, it is why I started to doubt them and left the New Age in the first place. It was very hard for me to distrust the channels, it meant I had to distrust my own ‘spirit guides’ they had lovingly guided me for seven years, it broke my heart, I was devoted to them, but I had to face up to the fact that I was very likely being deceived , sometimes you just have to face facts, even if you don’t want to. I still hope and pray I have choosen the right path, I will probably never know, I feel as if I am in limbo, not trusting my heart, trying to use my head to discern , as the bible says the heart can be deceived !