Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.
There is one “medication” everybody needs to take: Mercycardin (Medicine for the Heart), courtesy of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
They are taking the recommendation of Pope Francis for spiritual medicine to heart.
“I want to recommend some medicine for all of you,” Pope Francis said at the end of his Angelus address on Nov. 17, 2013. “Some will think, ‘Is the Pope a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make concrete the Year of Faith, which is coming to an end. It is a medicine of 59 little pills strung together. It is a spiritual medicine called ‘Misericordina.’”
Francis held up a “prescription pill box” to show the 80,000 people in St. Peter’s Square what he was talking about. He told them volunteers would give them a box as they left the square.
“Take it!” he exclaimed. “Inside there is a rosary, which you can also use to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It is a spiritual help for our souls and helps to spread love, forgiveness and brotherhood.”
It needs no FDA approval, but it surely is approved by the HS, the Holy Spirit.
The Marians quickly followed the Pope’s lead, renaming it for distribution in the U.S. and Canada.
“The Marian Fathers embraced the Pope’s initiative and created Mercycardin, 59 beads for the heart,” explains Father Michael Gaitley, director of the Marian Helpers Center and author of the bestselling 33 Days to Morning Glory.
“Like the Pope, we suggest that this spiritual medicine be used once a day, but in case of emergency can be taken as much as the soul needs.”
As soon as patients pick up this “prescription,” nicely packaged in a pharmacy-style bag, they will enjoy the directions:
Qty: 59 beads
Directions: Take 1 a Day at 3:00pm. Repeat daily, or as often as needed.
Prescribed by: The Divine Physician
Like the labeling and directions for any medicine, Mercycardin carries a “uses” section that describes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as a “powerful spiritual medicine that calls down God’s mercy ‘on us and on the whole world.’ The effectiveness of the chaplet is promised by Jesus.”
There is a section on when the Pope recommends using it: when we do not feel strong enough to resist temptation, and when we want sinners to convert.
There is also a section on “side effects”: There are no negative side effects, but plenty of beneficial ones. Also, receiving the sacraments increases the effectiveness.
Plus, this “medicine” is safe for children, too.
The pamphlet includes nice line drawings and quotes from the Diary of St. Faustina about where this spiritual medicine originated, why we need it and how it will help us.
Most important, we must take it with trust. To remind users of that, in the prescription bag, the Marian Fathers include a picture of the Physician in charge: the Divine Mercy image with his “signature,” “Jesus, I Trust in You.”
To order ($3.95, plus shipping, with discounts for five or more “prescriptions” at a time), visit ShopMercy.org or call (800) 462-7426.
Father Gaitley also recommends use of the Divine Mercy Chaplet App.
As Pope Francis said, “Don’t forget to take it, because it’s good. It’s good for your heart, your soul and your whole life!”
Mercycardin is good medicine, indeed. Hearts will be feeling better in no time, thanks to the prescription of the Divine Physician: heart-healing Divine Mercy.