What Does Divine Mercy Look Like?

What Does Divine Mercy Look Like? April 11, 2021

  What does Divine Mercy look like?

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.   All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,  and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.  Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;  for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?   And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.-Matthew 25:31-40

Here are 14 examples of what Divine Mercy as described in Matthew 25 looks like. 

 It is important to know that number 14 is mentioned 22 times in the Bible, while the ordinal number 14th is mentioned even 24 times. According to the Bible, number 14 is considered to be a symbol of salvation and deliverance.-What Does the Number 14 Mean in the Bible and Prophetically

  • According to the Gospel of Matthew “there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah”. (Matthew 1, 17)
  • The number of Stations of the Cross observed by some Christian denominations.
  • The Fourteen Holy Helpers were a group of saints formerly venerated together because their intercession is believed to be particularly effective, especially against various diseases. This group of Nothelfer (“helpers in need”) originated in the 14th century at first in the Rhineland, largely as a result of the epidemic (probably of bubonic plague) that became known as the Black Death.

There are 14 works of Mercy.

Corporal works of mercy are those that tend to the bodily needs of other creatures.

The works include:

  1. To feed the hungry. 
  2. To give water to the thirsty.
  3. To clothe the naked.
  4. To shelter the homeless.
  5. To visit the sick.
  6. To visit the imprisoned, or ransom the captive. 
  7. To bury the dead. 

The spiritual works of mercy is to relieve spiritual suffering. 

The works include:

  1. To instruct the ignorant.
  2. To counsel the doubtful.
  3. To admonish the sinners.
  4. To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  5. To forgive offenses.
  6. To comfort the afflicted.
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

The Works of Mercy are Divine Mercy lived out.

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

A nurse who called an ambulance and had a baby transferred to a hospital, who survived a botched abortion.

That baby grew up to be this young woman,

GIANNA JESSEN.

God is using Gianna to remind the world that each human being is precious to Him. It is beautiful to see the strength of the love of Jesus, which he has poured into her heart. My prayer for Gianna, and for all who listen to her, is that this message of God’s love will put an end to abortion with the power of love –Saint Mother Teresa

Divine Mercy Looks Like...

Adopting children to give them a new start at life.

Adopting a family of children so that they can stay together and not be separated.

A FAMILY has adopted NINE children from foster care to ensure that all the siblings can stay together.

Peggy Smith and her husband Jacob had no children until they came across a plea to help the kids on Facebook.

The young couple are now first time parents to four children who range in age from a few months old to four.

They decided to join forces with Jacob’s parents Thad and Loryn to adopt all nine children who ‘’have a bond so tight they cannot be split up’’.

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Window Washers dressed like superheros, washing windows outside of a children’s hospital and bringing them a little joy.

If you make children happy now, you make make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.
Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin (1892). “Children’s Rights: A Book of Nursery Logic”

The guy going for Batman looks more like The Tick then the caped crusader.

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Making everybody has access to Clean Water to drink.

Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care, agriculture and industry. Water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term. Large cities dependent on significant supplies of water have experienced periods of shortage, and at critical moments these have not always been administered with sufficient oversight and impartiality. (LS 28)― Pope Francis, Laudato Si (223)’: On the Care of Our Common Home

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Jon Bon Jovi helping people who are Living on a Prayer.

He has opened up a restaurant to give quality food to those who cannot afford a good meal.

And keeps serving them during the pandemic.

“If you can’t do what you do… do what you can!”

The nonprofit community restaurant is run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and focuses on serving in-need customers in three locations across New Jersey. The restaurants don’t charge for meals, nor do they list prices on their menus; instead, they ask patrons who can pay a suggested donation to subsidize the cost for those who can’t afford to pay. Diners are also given the option to put in time at the restaurant to work for their meal, though the restaurant is currently not accepting volunteers because of concerns over COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.-Today

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Actor Gary Sinise treating  1,700 loved ones of fallen soldiers to a free trip to Disney World.

“The holidays can be especially challenging for grieving families. Each December, we host a five-day experience for 1,750+ children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian. As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support. And this year we’re bringing Snowball Express to Walt Disney World Resort!”- The Gary Sinise Foundation.

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Helping give quality care to the elderly and making sure the last years of their lives are are lived with dignity and love.

St. Anne’s provides a loving home for seniors and persons with disabilities. Meals, nursing care, housekeeping and other services available. Our home also offers many engaging activities for our residents to enjoy and has 24/7 staffing.

Divine Mercy Looks Like..

Forgiving the man who brutally murdered your family, and left you for dead.

And then becoming friends with him.

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”-Corrie Ten Boom

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

A 10 year old Tennessee boy sacrificing his life, so that his 6 year old younger sister would not drown in a frozen pond .

Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends.-John 15:13

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Asking The Homeless What They Want Then Buying it For Them.

The worst poverty isn’t about not having enough money to survive. Real poverty is when there is no one in the world who loves you. When there is no other human to make you feel like you matter. As if you aren’t worth the air you breathe. Poverty of love is the worst thing you can be deprived of. – Paige Dearth

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Investing in student’s education so they can achieve great things.

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Helping someone not to commit suicide by asking them to stay.

“Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.” – Unknown

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

A person believing that God’s Mercy can reach anyone.

ANYONE.

If they open their heart to his light.

For years, I have been captivated by a picture. It occupies a prominent place in my study. It accompanies my thinking and my musing, my theological reflecting, and my personal prayer. It nourishes my loving and, like a deep well, is ever new. The picture shows a capital, the artistically carved top of a column. It is found in the Romanesque abbey church of St. Mary Magdalene in the town of Vézelay, in Burgundy, France. On the left side of the artistic depiction we see Judas who has hanged himself, and to the right, a shepherd who carries the dead Judas over his shoulder, like the lost sheep. I call it “the Good Shepherd of Vézelay.” It became the inspiration for this book. Almost 900 years old, this medieval capital deserves more than just a quick glance. It deserves all our attention because it contains the whole of God’s message of salvation and redemption. We are seeing the very being and the very heart of Christian theology, in a way words could not convey any more beautifully, any more powerfully, or any more touchingly.
Hope for Judas: God’s Boundless Mercy for Us All (2021 English Translation) by Christoph Wrembek SJ 

The Good Shepherd who carries Judas on his shoulders - La Stampa

Divine Mercy Looks Like…

Jesus letting you into heaven after a lifetime of sinful, godless living all because you uttered a simple prayer…

Jesus, Son of the Living God, Have Mercy on Me a Sinner.

Which was considered an act of righteousness because the principle of that prayer was the faith filled act of saying to God…

Jesus I Trust In You!!!

The Good Thief being escorted to heaven.

“O Lord, I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbour.

Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbours’ souls and come to their rescue.

Help me, O Lord, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbours’ needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.

Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbour, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.

Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbours and take upon myself the most difficult and toilsome tasks.

Help me, O Lord, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbour, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness (…)

Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbour. (…)

May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me” -St. Faustina (Diary, 163).


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