Now is the Time for Mercy!

Join us in Consecrating Yourself to Divine Mercy

Now is the Time of Mercy! (Not the most original title for a blog post I know, being the Jubilee Year of Mercy and all). But isn't it always the time for mercy? Hasn't it always been the time?  In the life of St. Francis of Assisi St. Bonaventure tells a story of St. Francis and Divine Mercy:

Another time, a noble woman, devoted to God, came to the saint to explain her trouble to him and ask for help. She had a very cruel husband who opposed her serving Christ. So she begged the saint to pray for him so that God in His goodness would soften his heart. When [St. Francis] heard this he said to her: "Go in peace, and without any doubt be assured that your husband will soon be a comfort to you." And he added: "Tell him on God's part and on my own, that now is the time of mercy, and afterwards of justice." After receiving a blessing, the woman went home, found her husband and delivered the message. The Holy Spirit came upon him (Acts 10:44) making him a new man and inducing him to answer with gentleness: "My lady, let us serve the lord and save our souls." At the suggestion of his holy wife, they lived a celibate life for many years, and both passed away to the Lord on the same day. (chapter 11, section 6):

Did you catch that? Some 800+ years ago St. Francis of Assisi said, "Tell him on God's part and on my own, that now is the time of mercy." It’s the year of mercy yes, but it's never stopped being the time for mercy! 

In Pope Francis' Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy he wrote "I asked that this season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."

Are you seeking ways to live this time of mercy more intensely during the Lenten season? What about consecrating yourself to Divine Mercy? We began the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8th by consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary by praying the Marian Consecration: 33 Days to Morning Glory. How many fruits have been born from this consecration and Jubilee Year of Mercy? We may never know here on earth - but one day in heaven we will!

Well Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC has done it again, written another book; 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy! His book follows the same 33 day retreat format as 33 Days to Morning Glory. (St. Therese of Lisieux will be pleasantly surprised)! Begin the consecration to Divine Mercy with us on March 1st for the consecration day - April 3rd - Divine Mercy Sunday! On Divine Mercy Sunday at noon there will be a live EWTN broadcast from the national Shrine of the Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy, Franciscan Sisters TOR,  Mercy, Year of Mercy, Fr. Michael Gaitley
Sisters with the Book 33 Days to Merciful Love

Order a Free book online (just pay shipping) by February 21st. 

Read more about the story behind the writing of 33 Days to Merciful Love!

"I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart." (St. Faustina's Diary, 1588)

Now is the time of messengers of Mercy!

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