The Power of the Divine Mercy Novena

It is available in abundance to everyone if only we would embrace it.  It is an endless and unfathomable gift that flows most profusely on the Sunday after Easter.  It is the devotion of the Divine Mercy and it offers each of us a wonderful chance to begin anew through the Divine Mercy Chaplet Novena.  Begun on Good Friday and completed on Divine Mercy Sunday, this powerful novena offers us a chance to change our lives forever! It is also a powerful way to intercede for our loved ones and the entire world by bringing all before the merciful gaze of Christ.

In 1931, a young Polish nun named Sister Faustina Kowalska, saw a vision of Jesus who, with rays of mercy in the form of blood and water streaming forth from His Heart, told her to paint an image of him and sign it, “Jesus, I Trust in You!” Calling her the Secretary of His mercy, He ordered her to also begin writing a diary so others would come to know of his unfathomable mercy.  In a series of revelations that followed from 1931 through 1938, Jesus taught her about His unlimited ocean of mercy available to even the most hardened of sinners, saying “Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet” (Diary 699).

In her Diary, Jesus told Sr. Faustina, “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that from there they may draw strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209). While the Chaplet can be said anytime, the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena, promising that “By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls” (Diary 796).

During each day of the Novena, which is prayed on Rosary beads, Jesus asked that souls be brought to his merciful heart to be immersed in his “ocean of mercy” for each of the nine days, “On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for graces for these souls” (Diary 1209).  Specific intentions include all mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm. It is interesting to note that Jesus saves the ninth day of the novena for “lukewarm” souls saying, “These souls wound my heart most painfully.  My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls.  They were the reason I cried out – ‘Father, take this cup away from me if it be your will.’ For them the last hope of salvation is to flee to My mercy (Diary 1228).  

This year’s Divine Mercy Novena is going to be even more meaningful than usual.  Two great servants of mercy, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, will be canonized saints on Divine Mercy Sunday.  In 1966, through the diligent efforts of then Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), the informative process for beatification of Sr. Faustina was begun. The message of mercy is now being spread throughout the world. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world that “from now on throughout the Church” this Sunday will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In speaking of Divine Mercy Sunday in Faustina’s Diary, Jesus said, “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy” (Diary 699).  Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy” (Diary 965).

It is important to note that there are three places in St. Faustina’s Diary that record promises from our Lord of the extraordinary graces He will make available through the devout reception of Holy Communion on this Feast Day:

 – I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy (1109).

 – Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (300).

– The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (699).

The powerful Divine Mercy Novena as ordered above by Jesus gives us the tremendous opportunity to begin again – a fresh start of “complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” that may have otherwise have been due to us in life up to that point.  So powerful is the Chaplet that Christ said, “Even if there were a sinner most hardenedif he were to recite this chaplet only oncehe would receive grace from My infinite mercy. desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy” (Diary, 687).  Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will” (Diary 1731)

Jesus in his unfathomable mercy gives us this grace to begin anew through his passion and death on the cross where blood and water gushed forth from His heart. This Good Friday then, let us take advantage of this powerful novena while there is still time – for the sake of our souls, the souls of our loved ones and a world deeply and desperately in need of Divine Mercy.

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Judy Keane


Judy Keane is a Catholic writer and a communications/marketing executive who resides in Washington, D.C. She holds an MBA in International Business and is the author of Single and Catholic, published by Sophia Institute Press.

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  • Elizabeth Sintes

    I am counting on this novena this year to help me accept this pain in my back and arm. With this pain I am trying to empty out purgatory,convert my son,Leonard and my son-in-law,Mark back to the Catholic Church Amen.

  • Robert Allard

    Please don’t confuse the promises of the Divine Mercy Novena with the promises of the Feast of Mercy; they are separate. These words “It is an endless and unfathomable gift that flows most profusely on the Sunday after Easter” will cause confusion. Please also note that the Novena ens on the “day before” the Feast of Mercy. Jesus never asked us to say the Chaplet on the feast itself, but rather, He wants us to go out and evangelize lost souls. Please read:

  • John Keating

    A novena and a day are different things? Schucks, thanks for your rude clarification!

  • Robert Allard

    Rude? Is ignoring Jesus’ pleas to help Him save souls, rude? Jesus said that the loss of each soul plunges Him into mortal sadness. Jesus gave us the Feast of Mercy to save especially poor sinners. If we really love Jesus and our neighbor, we must follow His instructions on how to celebrate His feast. A lot of people focus only on arranging devotionals, on His feast, instead of going out and evangelizing, like He asked us to do. Jesus said to start the Novena on Good Friday and the end it on the day before the feast. The Novena has us praying for other souls. Jesus said “On the day of My feast, the Feast of Mercy, you will go through the whole world and bring fainting souls to the spring of My mercy. I shall heal and strengthen them” (Diary 206). The Divine Floodgates are open on that day, and we should be going out and trying to bring these “fainting souls” like Easter-only and fallen-away Catholics back to the practice of their faith, instead of staying confined in our churches and having devotional parties. What would be rude is to think only of ourselves, instead of helping Jesus.

  • John Keating

    And I’m sure your abrasive nature and terse commenting on Catholic articles has built you a fine house in heaven.

  • felixroyan

    John, why are you being snide?

  • J092965090881

    Praying for Leonard and Mark. Please remember my brothers, Jay & Greg who have also fallen away from the faith. We’ll pray for each other for the conversion of those we love.

  • JMJ

    I do not see anything terse or abrasive in Roberts explanation … Nor does he become personal in his explanations … Johns comments are on the other hand , unpleasant to read. Not sure what non Christians would make of this witness of mercy ….

  • CharlesOConnell

    Monterey CA Bishop Richard Garcia leads Priests of the Oblates of St. Joseph in the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Podcasts) at

  • CharlesOConnell

    The force of your argument obviates any need for ad hominem attacks.

  • Fleur

    This is not a time to be arguing dogma, gentle brothers. It is Easter.please be kind to each other

  • CCCA1

    stop being a jerk.

  • Elizabeth Sintes

    Yes I too will be praying for your brothers, Jay and Greg while praying for my son and son-in-law. Thank you for sharing who you will be praying for.

  • Michael J. Lichens

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Michael J. Lichens

    Sorry folks. Word of the day is “gentle correction.” I’ve moderated the comments. While I try to give to keep this open, we are in a blessed time and are, after all, talking divine mercy.

    Robert, thanks for your clarification. We are certainly not trying to confuse or prohibit evangelisation. If you’d like to submit further thoughts, I would be delighted to share them with our wider audience. Feel free to drop me an email at

    A blessed Easter to all!

  • Michael J. Lichens

    All of you remain in my prayers during this blessed time. As the only Catholic in my family, I also pray for mine and invite you to do the same.

  • aunt karen

    praying in thanksgiving for mercies received and for the healing of my family and friends of cancer; for God’s will and protection of Nicholas F. and my special intentions

  • B

    Hello brothers and sisters ! I can only tell you one thing – God showed me in the vision that Chaplet of Divine Mercy is like an amazing life giving Fountain ! More I had a vision of beautiful waterfalls and praying out each bead will help all people in the world. It was almost like throwing buckets of water where is it needed. I saw you can ‘ reverse ‘ wars and natural catastrophes. Peace and all Blessings in this merciful time

  • Chris Tia C lovato

    I didn’t realize this was a Novena. I am too late because it started on Good Friday. Can I still begin at any time. I love the Divine Mercy prayer. Too many people to pray for and this is the perfect prayer.

  • JMC

    The novena beginning on Good Friday is in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday, but that does not mean it can’t be prayed at other times, as well. In fact, Our Lord told St. Faustina specifically that it can be begun at any time. Personally, I tend to say them back-to-back; end one, and the next day begin another. If I’m in the middle of one novena when Good Friday rolls around, I’ll finish the one at the same time I begin the other, saying two Chaplets each day until the first novena is done.