If you happen to do something you regret, humble yourself before God and try to regain your gentle composure. Say to your soul, ‘We have made a mistake, but let’s go on now and be more careful.’ Then don’t miss the opportunity to perform as many acts of gentleness as you can—and as frequently as you can—no matter how small these acts may seem, for, as our Lord says: 'To the person who is faithful in little things, greater ones will be given.’
—  St. Francis de Sales

Praises of Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect, human of angelic, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, source of all miracles and wonders, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, descending to the earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us, and especially for sinners, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the founding of Holy Church, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in our justification through Jesus Christ, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us through our whole life, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, embracing us especially at the hour of death, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us every moment of our life, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, shielding us from the fire of hell, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the conversion of hardened sinners, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, astonishment for Angels, incomprehensible to Saints, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, lifting us out of every misery, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His hands, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, crown of all of God’s handiwork, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, inspiring hope against all hope, I trust in You.

—St. Faustina, Diary 949

beautyofjesus asked:

Why do we need Mary to mediate between Jesus and us? Isn't Jesus our mediator for the Father? Sorry for all the questions lately. I really appreciate your help! God bless.

Hello,

Mary does not mediate for us. Jesus is God and already knows what we need even before we pray for it, so He always has a direct line to us because of His omniscience (He knows all things). We cannot speak to the Blessed Virgin in a way that “Jesus can’t hear” and so she has to go and tell Him. Whatever we have to say, He actually knows about it even before we express our concern to the Virgin Mary.

The role of Mary is to show love and concern for us through her prayer on our behalf. To be Christian is to love. If we are not loving people as Christians, we are not living Christianity.

Being dead and enjoying heaven is not an excuse for a Christian to not care anymore and to ignore the needs of their friends who are still on earth. If I’m dead and in heaven, and you speak to me in your prayers, I cannot say, “Stop it. Leave me alone already. Don’t you know I’m dead? How do you expect me to enjoy being with Jesus in heaven if you are bothering me with your problems?”

That is not a Christian attitude for someone to have in heaven. In fact, even on earth, if you asked me to pray for you and I said, “Stop bothering me” it would not be a very loving and Christian thing to do. 

And it would not make it better if I covered over my bad attitude with a platitude by saying, “Why do you ask me to pray for you? Don’t you know you can go directly to Jesus? Gee, it’s too bad you’re having all these problems, but guess what? Life is hard and by asking fellow Christians to pray for you, you are just upsetting them and making them worried, as if they don’t have their own problems!”

St. Paul could not have said it more clearly. “We are the Body of Christ.” One part cannot say to another part, “I do not need you.” And dying and going to heaven does not let you off the hook. You don’t get your name erased from the list of the prayer chain because you have died and gone to Jesus. You don’t get to have your name taken off the prayer partners list because you are now in heaven.

The intercession of the saints, including the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is their duty as Christians. They have a duty to love, and do the loving thing. When people ask for your prayers, it is simply not loving and not Christian to say, “Leave me alone. Just go directly to Jesus.” In fact, it was Jesus who taught us to pray for each other and who taught us about being there for each other as Christians. 

These so-called “Christian debates” about praying to Mary and saints are stupid, to be honest. It is fighting about the obvious. Dead people, for Christians, are really not dead. Those who precede us in faith are with Jesus. They are still part of the Body of Christ. Now to state a further obvious point, which should be a “no-brainer” for Christians–if you are with Jesus in heaven, that is simply no excuse to be excused from being concerned for those who are still on earth.

Christians pray for other Christians, because they love as Jesus loved. This is why we ask Mary and the other saints to pray for us. They are not insulting Jesus by praying for people on earth. They are doing precisely what Jesus wants them to do for their fellow brothers and sisters still fighting the fight of faith on earth.

God bless and take care, Fr. Angel