The Divine Mercy Devotion

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The ‘original’ Divine Mercy image

If you spend more than a brief amount of time associating or talking with the traditional Catholics in the world, undoubtedly, the Divine Mercy devotion will come up.  It’s just one of those things, like pants debates or arguments over which particular group has it right.

Given the churchy turmoil of the last 60 years, it makes some sense that newer devotions and practices might cause some Catholics unease.  It’s just part of the way to cope and handle with what’s been going on in the world.  One of those newer devotions is the Divine Mercy devotion, revealed to St. Faustina Kowalska, and promoted by Pope John Paul II.

For the longest time, I’ve never been the biggest fan of it.  Call it my anti-modern streak, being a stick in the mud, or what have you.  I’m usually wary of things that are too promoted by Catholics nowadays, so I’ve generally been stand-off-ish about the whole thing.  Plus, the times I’ve heard it prayed on EWTN radio, it just seemed off (I attribute that more to the singing of the devotion, though – once you get a certain image or slant on something, it’s hard to overcome that).  So, I’ve prayed it when necessary (with friends, as part of penances), but it’s never been something I had a great devotion to.

Recently, however, a friend of mine living in Poland encouraged me to listen to a sermon on the Divine Mercy devotion, which I was able to do.  It was a pretty fair handling of the devotion, and I learned a bunch about it.  On top of that, I hunted down some articles I’ve seen elsewhere on the web, written by the wife of a guy I know of.  They are the Defense of the Divine Mercy Devotion articles, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Reading those really helped take down the obstructions/possible objections I had to the devotion.  A lot of the rhetoric against the Divine Mercy stems from either ignorance or irrationality, which really does no one any good.  I think Mrs. Moerbeek does the devotion a great service.  I know it, coupled with the sermon, have opened me up to the Divine Mercy devotion.  It’s still not my favorite devotion (because I don’t feel a need to love each devotion the Church gives us), but I will say I’ll be a bit more open about praying it in the future.

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