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One of the first apps I installed on my phone was the official Divine Mercy app developed by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

Based on the revelation given to St. Faustina in Poland during the 1930s, this app does more than help you pray the devotion.  While you can use it to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, it has many other features as well.

The messages given to St. Faustina, including how and why Jesus asked us to use the devotion, are right there in the app.

Another bonus is list of themes from the Diary and the passages that go with them. In these passages we see Jesus discussing these themes and how important they are.  Just these passages alone help us learn much about mercy and kindness.

We begin to see how St. Faustina’s Diary is a good tool to help us change our lives and become more open to His Mercy.  Many lives are changed just by reading the words Jesus gave to St. Faustina.

Now, in this app, you can take them with you on your phone.  I find it great for some inspiration when I need it or a reminder to be charitable and merciful to others.

Under a separate tab is the Devotion section. This is where the Chaplet of Divine Mercy comes in. You can pray the chaplet silently by reading and praying along the beads in the Chaplet section.

There’s also an audio setting where the app reads the prayers aloud. This could be good for when you need your hands or are driving.

In addition to praying the chaplet, there are other icons you can click on to learn more about the history of the Divine Mercy messages. For example, there is information on the Feast of Mercy which we celebrate the Sunday after Easter, and the significance of the 3 o’clock devotion.

This free app is a must have.  It’s available on Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Search your app manager or go to the app website to download yours.

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Copyright 2012 Jennifer Gladen