- A ten foot tall icon of the Divine Mercy, next to an empty wooden cross, in the public square.
- Round the clock prayer vigil to:
- 1) “bring souls to the fountain of My mercy,”
- 2) to intercede by asking the Heavenly Father to “have mercy on us and one the whole world,” and
- 3) to ask Jesus at the 3 o’clock hour for the conversion of Chicago, America and the Whole World as He said, “In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.” (Diary, 1572)
- To promote personal deeds of mercy because Jesus said, “Be merciful even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36) and “I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must no shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it. . . Even the strongest faith is of no avail without works .. . If a soul does not exercise mercy in some way, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgement.” (Diary, 742, 1317)
What is the Divine Mercy Project?
The Divine Mercy Project is an answer to the call from Jesus and echoed by John Paul II and Benedict XVI to proclaim and witness to God’s Divine Mercy throughout the whole world with new “ardor . . . methods and . . . expression.”
The Divine Mercy Project seeks to proclaim and witness to Jesus Christ’s saving love as the incarnation of the Divine Mercy through evangelization, prayer and deeds of mercy in the public square as asked for by Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina:
“I desire that . . . you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy.” (Diary, 1209)
In addition to prayer in the public square, The Divine Mercy Project seeks to focus these prayers around the icon, or image, of The Divine Mercy by placing a 6 foot x 10 foot tall image of the resurrected Jesus in the public square. The Divine Mercy icon has a powerful presence and is a means of reaching souls with the Gospel of Salvation – Jesus’ mercy:
“Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You… I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over (its) enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will
defend it as My own Glory (Diary, 47, 48)… I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: “Jesus, I trust in You” (Diary, 327)…I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and (then) throughout the world. (Diary, 47)
This powerful image is a window through which Christ designed to manifest His saving presence and graces will flow from Him even to casual passer-bys. The power is not in the image, it is in the person of Jesus Christ who asked for the image to be made. As such, the Icon of Divine Mercy is a catalyst for evangelization and The Divine Mercy Project an effort of the New Evangelization.
The Divine Mercy Project and Me
The Divine Mercy Project is about how God wants to work through everyone to help touch the world with His saving gift of Mercy. All He needs is one heart that is open to Him and willing to say, “Yes, Lord, I’ll go, I offer myself to do your will,” to have Him work miracles of Mercy every day through you to dispel the darkness of evil, suffering and sin that seems insurmountable around us. But He needs you to say, “Yes.”
Pope Benedict XVI has said,
“In our time, humanity needs a strong proclamation and witness of God’s mercy. Beloved John Paul II, a great apostle of Divine Mercy, prophetically intuited this urgent pastoral need. He dedicated his second Encyclical to it and throughout his pontificate made himself a missionary of God’s love to all peoples.”
- Angelus Message September 16, 2007
The Divine Mercy Project is an answer to this call in following the prophetic leadership of soon to be Blessed John Paul II’s pontificate. Once again as Benedict XVI proclaimed:
“God’s mercy, as [John Paul II] himself said, is a privileged key to the interpretation of his Pontificate. He wanted the message of God’s merciful love to be made known to all and urged the faithful to witness to it. The Servant of God John Paul II had known and personally experienced the terrible tragedies of the 20th century and for a long time wondered what could stem the tide of evil. The answer could only be found in God’s love. In fact, only Divine Mercy is able to impose limitations on evil; only the almighty love of God can defeat the tyranny of the wicked and the destructive power of selfishness and hate.
- Homily on the 3rd Anniversary of John Paul II’s Death
This is what the Divine Mercy Project is all about: giving “a strong proclamation and witness of God’s mercy” to the world, a proclamation of mercy that can “impose limitations on evil” and “defeat the tyranny of the wicked” through the supernatural power of Divine Mercy.
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