Divine Mercy Devotion: What’s Wrong With It?editor
Click here to view the short video at Gloria TV, and hear some evidence that there is plenty wrong with the novel Divine Mercy Devotion…
Listen closely to the above news report and share what you see to be the main problem with this recently introduced “devotion”.
I think that Pope John Paul II favoured St Faustina due to her being from Poland. However in saying that, I have known there to be many miracles attached to the Divine Mercy. I know of a recent one I heard from Jonathan Roumie who plays Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Chosen. Can we really judge a soul’s relationship and intimacy with Our Lord? Would Our Lord Jesus Christ class His Mother as a creature who is the Mother of God and the most purist soul after Our Lord? I don’t think Our Lord Jesus Christ said St Faustina was better than Our Holy Mother. St Faustina had a very close relationship with Mother Mary as well. I do think the relationship with St Faustina and Our Lord Jesus Christ was very genuine. She went through a lot of suffering, bullying and tormented by her sisters within her order. I think the Traditional Catholic Church allows us our private prayers with blessed nuns and priests before they are Saints. And if they lead us closer to Our Lord Jesus Christ then that can only be a good thing. You’ll know them by their fruits. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes as I do understand people’s views that do not agree and have many questions against St Faustina. There will be many Saints with many miracles that will never get recognised within the Catholic Church and please God I hope to get to that level of sainthood. We are all called to be Saints. God bless to you all. 🙏🏻
I appreciate your thoughtful comment and your – as ever – lovely charity, so I know you won’t denounce me out of hand for making a couple of observations in response.
Firstly, never before has any devotion been approved which contradicted, in any way, what had been approved previously. Thus, a brief comparison between the revelations to St Margaret Mary Alacoque about the Sacred Heart of Jesus stand in stark contrast to the alleged Divine Mercy apparitions – I think that was brought out clearly in the Gloria TV video, so I won’t belabour the point here.
Secondly, we must always be careful (as in the Church’s practice) in the matter of alleged miracles.
Our Lord Himself warned, and it is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 24:24, that we had to beware because “… false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.”
The Devil, as we know, can disguise himself as an angel of light, as St Paul warns: “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14 14)
That’s all I would say now, except to urge you to watch the Gloria TV video again and to reflect on the comments on that thread under the video there, and later when the comments roll in here (hopefully!)
Who could argue with your penultimate sentence?! And God bless you, as well.
I’ve read quite a bit about the Divine Mercy devotion and I’ve always thought it was a bit off. Sr Faustina comes across as prideful, and I know I probably shouldn’t think that but she doesn’t speak like the saints have spoken, very humbly, about their mystical experiences. She’s quoted Jesus saying that “souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.”
If any particular devotion was required to save our souls, that would have been in the deposit of faith, but it’s not. Devotions are something we can choose to use or leave aside. We are not even obliged to believe any private revelation so that quote alone makes me write off this devotion, it’s not authentic, Our Lord wouldn’t say that, make a condition of salvation something that wasn’t revealed at the time of the Apostles.
I don’t mean to offend you, either, I know there are good people who believe this devotion but that’s really only evidence of the lack of proper catechesis for generations now. We should all spot immediately the curious things allegedly said by Jesus in these apparitions, like the one about salvation just quoted.
N O T I C E . . .
I have just received the following email from a reader, seeking prayers for his wife, Janice – she is expecting twins and has taken ill…
… [Janice] was ill yesterday and went to the GP, who gave her antibiotics. Later on she was violently sick and could hardly stay awake. She called the Maternity Hospital and was told to come in. Of course, they insisted on a test for the Chinese virus and it’s positive. She’s been in hospital since and is very dehydrated and low in potassium. Thankfully, the babies are fine to date, thanks be to God. She’s not eaten anything for two days.
Please pray for Janice – entrusting her well-being (and her unborn twins) to the loving care of Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick…
I will keep Janice in my daily prayers until I hear of her recovery and the safe delivery of her babies. How wonderful to be expecting twins! It’s such a pity that her pregnancy is marred by this illness. Our Lady will protect her.
I’m sorry to hear about Janice and will keep her (with Wendy Walker) in my daily prayers, praying for her heath and babies.
I’ve just replied to your request for prayers for Janice over on the lockdowns thread, so I’ve now copied it to post here, as well.
Sorry to learn about Janice – I suggest her husband prays to St Gerard Majella who is the patron saint of expectant mothers, as I have just offered a prayer to that great saint for her. It’s terrible to get Covid at this time and I hope her husband knows to be vigilant with the hospital authorities about her care. I hope they don’t take advantage to inject her with any of the Covid vaccines. I’d be wary of anything that’s experimental such as those vaccines
I really am very wary of the Divine Mercy cult. I think it’s the work of Satan to take people away from the Sacred Heart devotion.
The Gloria TV video is excellent and it really says it all.
Since the beginning of the Gloria TV video shows an image of an article from Tradition in Action, which is apparently the source of the Gloria TV article, I thought I’d post the original article:
It turns out that the TIA website carries at least 9 “Polemics” against this devotion, which you can find if you go to their Search page and type in “Divine Mercy Devotion.”
That said, what is disturbing to me about this (in addition to the other oddities mentioned in the article) is the image of Our Lord – specifically, His eyes. Also, you can compare the shape of his head and face to the image on the Shroud of Turin, and see for yourself that it is all wrong.
That is an excellent article from the Monsignor. I copied this, because I think it answers a lot of people – including April O’Donnell at the top of this page:
“I have analyzed the prayers of the Divine Mercy devotion and found nothing wrong with them. But there is something wrong with what surrounds this new devotion.
Let me acknowledge that there are persons, possibly even some persons here, who have received graces from doing the Divine Mercy devotion. That is not an indication that the devotion itself is necessarily from Heaven.
Remember God always answers our prayers. You always receive some grace by your prayers. For example, let’s imagine you made a pilgrimage to visit the burial place of a saint. You made the pilgrimage and thought you were kneeling at the correct grave venerating that saint. In fact, however, he was not buried in that cemetery, but in a church nearby. Nonetheless, God gives you graces because of your effort and your desire to please Him and make reparation for your sins.
You made that pilgrimage; you will not leave it without grace. God does not take a position like, “Well, you’re at the wrong grave. Sorry, you travelled 6,000 miles for nothing and now you receive nothing.” No, God will always answer your prayers. So, please, remember when you hear people say, “Well, I have received graces from this devotion.” This in itself is not an indication that the devotion is from Heaven. Certainly the graces are always from Heaven. But the devotion may not be.”
I think what he says also applies to miracles.
I’ve always been suspicious of this new devotion and I’ve read quite a bit on here about it before, so I’m giving it a wide berth.
I’m amazed at how widespread this DMD is – I know loads of people who think it’s the best thing since sliced bread and they follow it never mentioning the Sacred Heart of Jesus or St Margaret Mary. I’ve seen the awful image in people’s houses, but never the image of the Sacred Heart. This is how the devil works to distract Catholics from the real thing – he mimics a devotion or apparition, always providing them as an alternative, which fools people. It’s maddening, because it makes extra work in trying to convince them that they are actually taking away from devotion to Christ. TBH, I’ve given up.
The comments on this blog about the Divine Mercy devotion are a lot more edifying and reasoned than some on the Gloria TV thread, which seems to be populated with apparition fanatics. One guy has written reams in defence of this devotion – it makes you wonder what else he could have been doing with his time for the greater glory of God and for his salvation. Those questioning the devotion have been dismissed as ‘schismatic’ or ‘protestant’ by another commentor. I fear Gloria TV is a bit of a haven for the ‘signs and wonders’ brigade, so it surprised me that they made a video questioning the Divine Mercy devotion – I think they got the title of the video from the book of the same name by M M Anthony in which he lists many of the problems about this issue. I’ve never felt comfortable with this devotion, as with certain others, but what really annoys me is when people question your faith or orthodoxy just because you don’t believe in this or that apparition. Divine Mercy is a private revelation and just because the Church has declared it is worthy of credence, we are under no binding obligation to accept that.
It is precisely that over the top reaction (questioning one’s faith or orthodoxy for not believing a particular devotion or apparition) that highlights the unlikelihood that there is any merit in it.
I have requested for the holy sacrifice of the Mass to be offered at Lourdes for Janice. Our Blessed Lady of Guadalupe, patron of the unborn, please return Janice to good health and let her wee precious babies be born fit and healthy. St Gerard, please pray for these intentions.
That’s wonderful. How good of you. I have no doubt that Janice’s husband will be delighted to read this.
God bless you.
I’m a fence sitter on that one. I no longer pray divine mercy devotion cos I had a feeling that it was trying to replace the sacred heart devotion. For instance I completed 9 months of first Friday. I got something out of this. Divine mercy seems to be a quickie prayer for some. Therefore it might be or is trying to replace the rosary. That’s one aspect of it that I had thought of it. But this isn’t proof enough but it was a concern for me.
Other issue they mentioned was translation issues. It was banned before.
Also its a private revelation just like fatima etc. Catholics are not bound by it. Hence you don’t have to believe it.
Ed: Fatima is not a private revelation. There was a very public miracle, foretold to the day and the hour witnessed by 70,000 people on the spot and around many more (I believe, 17,000) miles away. It is classed as a public prophetic revelation.
It could replace the need for confession by saying all your sins are forgiven on her feast day which had me wondering 🤷♂️.
On other hand relic of st faustina was bit powerful as I saw people, who fainted from touching a 1st class relic. I did experience it re woozing at some point but didn’t faint. That’s my experience.
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