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The Luminous Mysteries: Divine Mercy Meditations

The rosary and the Divine Mercy devotion come together with these extracts from St Faustina's diary, which form meditations on the Luminous Mysteries.

These meditations on the Rosary are based on St Sister Faustina’s notes from her Diary.

Introduction

I saw, between heaven and earth, the Mother of God, clothed in a bright robe. She was praying with Her hands folded on Her bosom, Her eyes fixed on Heaven. From Her Heart issued forth fiery rays, some of which were turned toward Heaven while the others were covering our country (33).

O radiant Virgin, pure as crystal, all immersed in God, I offer You my spiritual life; arrange everything that it may be pleasing to Your Son. (844)

Through your hands, Mother of Mercy, I offer this prayer of the Rosary for the intention of the Holy Church, our Homeland and for the grace of repentance for sinners of the whole world…

The Luminous Mysteries

Introduction

O Light eternal, who came to this earth, enlighten my mind and strengthen my will that I may not give up in times of great affliction. May Your light dissipate all the shadows of doubt. May Your omnipotence act through me. I trust in You, O uncreated Light! (830)

1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

Once after Holy Communion, I heard these words: ‘You are Our dwelling place’. At the moment, I felt in my soul the presence of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I felt that I was the temple of God. I felt I was a child of the Father. I cannot explain all this, but the spirit understands it well. O infinite Goodness, how low You stoop to Your miserable creature! (451). Thank You, God, for Holy Baptism which engrafted me into Your family, a gift great beyond all thought or expression which transforms my soul. (1286)

2. Jesus Reveals His Glory at the Wedding of Cana

I remained alone with the Most Holy Mother who instructed me about the will of God and how to apply it to my life, submitting completely to His most holy decrees. It is impossible for one to please God without obeying His holy will. ‘My daughter, I strongly recommend that you faithfully fulfil all God’s wishes, for that is most pleasing in His holy eyes. I very much desire that you distinguish your self in this faithfulness in accomplishing God’s will. Put the will of God before all sacrifices and holocausts.‘ (1244)

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

The Lord said to me, ‘Do not tire of proclaiming My mercy’. O Eternal Love, I want all the souls You have created to come to know You. I would like to be a priest, for then I would speak without cease about Your mercy to sinful souls drowned in despair. I would like to be a missionary and carry the light of faith to savage nations in order to make You known to souls, and to be completely consumed for them and to die a martyr’s death, just as You died for them and for me. O Jesus, I know only too well that I can be a priest, a missionary, a preacher, and that I can die a martyr’s death by completely emptying and denying myself for love of You, O Jesus and of immortal souls. (1521, 302)

4. The Transfiguration of Jesus

My Jesus, penetrate me through and through so that I might be able to reflect You in my whole life. Divinize me so that my deeds may have supernatural value. I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your reflection, O Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbour. (…) O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for you can do all things. (1242, 163)

5. The Institution of the Eucharist

Today during Holy Mass I saw the Crucified Jesus. Jesus was nailed to the cross and was in great agony. His suffering pierced me, soul and body, in a manner which was invisible, but nevertheless most painful. (…) Oh, what awesome mysteries take place during Mass! With what great devotion should we listen to and take part in this death of Jesus. One day we will know what God is doing for us in each Mass, and what sort of gift He is preparing in it for us. Only His divine love could permit that such a gift be provided for us. (913-914)

Conclusion

Jesus, source of life, sanctify me. O my strength, fortify me. My Commander, fight for me. Only light of my soul, enlighten me. My Master, guide me. I entrust myself to You, as a little child does to its mother’s love. Even if all things were to conspire against me, and even if the ground were to give way under my feet, I would be at peace close to Your heart. (1490)


These meditations were compiled from our book Divine Mercy Prayer Book. Devotion to the Divine Mercy involves a total commitment to God as Mercy. The devotional practices proposed in the Diary of St Faustina are included here with other prayers.

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