Jesus appeared to her and requested that she have the following picture painted with the words "Jesus I Trust In You":
The 2 rays: The red denotes the blood and the white denotes the water that poured out of Jesus when his sides were pierced. "The white ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. ....These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father." (Diary 299)
So, why do we use pictures? Father Simon said it perfectly: We're human. We have to have something visible. It's a reminder. We don't pray to the picture, we use the picture to focus on our prayers.
The mission of Saint Faustina consists in:
- reminding the world of the truth of our faith revealed in Holy Scripture about the merciful love of God towards every human being, even the greatest sinner;
- conveying new forms of devotion to Divine Mercy;
- initiating a great movement of devotes and apostles of Divine Mercy who would lead people toward the renoval of Christian life in the spirit of this devotion; in other words, in the evangelical spirit of a childlike confidence in God and an active love of neighbor
Devotion to the Divine Mercy:
Using a Rosary, the following prayers are said:
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Apostle's Creed
"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."
The following is said 10 times:
"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
(The "Eternal Father" and the above prayer are then repeated 5 times.)
The following is then said 3 times:
"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
I had heard of the Divine Mercy, but wasn't real sure what it was about. This week was wonderful. It happened at a time when I needed it. And, it's a wonderful way to start the day.