Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Soul, 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 an MS degree 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 on the East Coast.
The March for Life 2015 may be over, but keep praying to end abortion. One of the most powerful prayers is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
That is right from St. Maria Faustina’s experience and teaching.
It’s time to realize the circumstances for which St. Faustina received the chaplet and how they tie into our present day.
So remind Divine Mercy for America’s initiators and directors, Joan and Dave Maroney, remind us. They are the founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception based at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.
“Many are unaware that the Lord originally requested this prayer, in which we offer the Heavenly Father the body and blood of Jesus, be recited as a means to appease God’s wrath, especially for the sacrifice of the body and blood of the unborn child in the womb,” reminds Divine Mercy for America.
In her diary, entry 39, Faustina records how Jesus told her he would let chastisement fall on the most beautiful city of Warsaw
Jesus told her: “My child, unite yourself closely to me during the sacrifice and offer my blood and my wounds to My Father in expiation for the sins of that city. Repeat this without interruption throughout the entire holy Mass. Do this for seven days.”
Then later, on Friday, Sept. 13, 1935, she saw a vision of destruction about to strike the world. Jesus then taught her a prayer — the Chaplet of Mercy — which stopped the destruction.
When she told her spiritual director, Blessed Father Michael Sopocko, about both visions, he recorded what she said this way:
“She wrote in her diary that Jesus himself said that he was about to destroy one of the most beautiful cities of our country like Sodom was destroyed on account of the crimes perpetrated there.” In this current case, I asked “on account of what kind of sins God was going to inflict these punishments."
She answered: "Especially for the killing of infants not yet born, the most grievous crime of all.” (Poland allowed no abortions until the horror crept in from the Soviet Union. Warsaw, capital of Poland, became the destination for those seeking abortions.)
In 1937, in diary entry 1533, Faustina wrote: “I saw the anger of God hanging heavy over Poland. And now I see that if God were to visit our country with the greatest chastisements, that would still be great mercy because, for such grave transgressions, he could punish us with eternal annihilation. I was paralyzed with fear when the Lord lifted the veil a little for me. Now, I see clearly that chosen souls keep the world in existence to fulfill the measure of justice.”
Eleven months after Faustina died in 1938, Poland was invaded. During World War II, beautiful Warsaw was destroyed by Nazi bombers. They destroyed 85% of the buildings and 90% of the monuments.
Communist control liberalized abortion in Poland. But, thank God, today, Poland is one of the most abortion-free countries in the world.
Read the whole story here, but know that the website does conclude: “[We] learn that there is a strong link between the Chaplet of Mercy and the sin of abortion. We learn that the chaplet is a powerful prayer, appeasing the just anger of God. And when we look at the long history of Poland and the extraordinary events of recent years, it is obvious that God can turn utterly dark situations into experiences of hope.”
So pick up your beads and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as Faustina was directed to do by Jesus, both to appease God’s wrath for this grievous sin in America and to hasten the complete end abortion.