Here’s how I am going to “start over” and live in God’s mercy!
- Dust off that Divine Mercy picture! It’s worth having this image where you will see it and be reminded of this message. Who doesn’t need to see these words, “Jesus, I trust in You?” Jesus gave this image to St. Faustina to give to us because he knew that we need all the reminders we can get. When I feel despair or sadness or disappointment, I can easily look on my desk at those words and make them my prayer.
- Honor the hour of mercy. Our Lord died on the cross at 3:00 in the afternoon making that hour a sacred and holy time. Ideally, we’d like to use that whole hour to meditate and remember what Christ sacrifice, but we know this isn’t always possible. We can however just give a “holy minute” to Jesus during this time, like my friend Allison Gingras does. She sets her alarm on her phone to go off at 3:00. This reminds her to say a small prayer or part of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
- Which leads to my third suggestion. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. In our family, we replace our Rosary saying during the Easter season with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. And what a mercy that is because it is so much shorter! And before you think we faithfully say the Rosary every day, let me fix that misconception. We usually say the Rosary just once a week on Sundays -- not always, but usually. And with the chaplet fresh on your mind from saying it with the family, you may want to continue it on your own throughout your week, driving in your car, doing laundry, when you can’t sleep at night. The Divine Mercy app works great for this.
Copyright 2019 Tami Kiser
About the Author
Tami Kiser is a wife, mother, teacher, author, and speaker. She runs a video production studio featuring Catholic speakers. These can be purchased or viewed on Formed. She also is the co-owner and host of a new Catholic Retreat and Cultural Center in the Carolina Mountains called Heart Ridge. She has taught everything from NFP, Zumba, cleaning toilets, Catholic crafting, the hula, bullet journaling, tap dancing, and liturgical living to Saxon Math 54 for the 10th time.