Their common goal, fighting for the salvation of souls
Due to St Faustina’s special mission on the Divine Mercy for the salvation of souls, God ordered St Michael to take special care of her (Diary, 706).
At the beginning of the world the first war broke out in the heavens, between St Michael and his angels and the great dragon, the primeval serpent and his angels. It was a war for a place in the heavens (Revelation 12:7-9). Since that time until the present day, that same battle for souls as well as for their place in the heavens, goes on. St Faustina also does battle, as this is what Jesus wants: “Do not fear, My little child, you are not alone. Fight bravely, because My arm is supporting you; fight for the salvation of souls, exhorting them to trust in My mercy, as that is your task in this life and in the life to come” (Diary 1452).
The Lord knows that St Faustina needs someone to support her who is His right arm, that is, St Michael. God wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world” (recited 50 times in the chaplet). This a powerful reminder of who God is and has been from the very beginning. This truth that God is in His very nature Love and Mercy itself, is given to us by our Christian faith and God’s self-revelation.
As in the prayers that form the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, there are three main themes to the Divine Mercy devotion, which is to ask for and obtain the mercy of God: 1) To trust in Christ’s abundant mercy, and to show mercy to others and to act as a conduit for God’s mercy towards them; 2) Promises – Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet; and, 3) At the hour of their death every soul that will say this Chaplet will receive great mercy (Diary 687).
I assure you of the constant daily prayers of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all our readers and their families.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA