Chaplet of Divine Mercy – a lifesaver for the dying

The­re are moments when we do not know how to help a dying per­son.

Let’s do what St. Fau­sti­na did: When I ente­red the cha­pel for a moment, the Lord said to me, My dau­gh­ter, help Me to save a cer­ta­in dying sin­ner. Say the cha­plet that I have tau­ght you for him. When I began to say the cha­plet, I saw the man dying in the midst of ter­ri­ble tor­ment and strug­gle. His Guar­dian Angel was defen­ding him, but he was, as it were, power­less aga­inst the enor­mi­ty of the soul’s mise­ry. A mul­ti­tu­de of devils was waiting for the soul. But whi­le I was say­ing the cha­plet, I saw Jesus just as He is depic­ted in the ima­ge. The rays which issu­ed from Jesus’ Heart enve­lo­ped the sick man, and the powers of dark­ness fled in panic. The sick man peace­ful­ly bre­athed his last. When I came to myself, I under­sto­od how very impor­tant the cha­plet was for the dying. It appe­ases the anger of God (D. 1565).

When I ente­red my soli­tu­de, I heard the­se words: At the hour of the­ir death, I defend as My own glo­ry eve­ry soul that will say this cha­plet; or when others say it for a dying per­son, the indul­gen­ce is the same. When  this cha­plet is said by the bed­si­de of a dying per­son, God’s anger is pla­ca­ted, unfa­tho­ma­ble mer­cy enve­lops the soul, and the very dep­ths of My ten­der mer­cy are moved for the sake of the sor­row­ful Pas­sion of My Son. Oh, if only eve­ry­one reali­zed how gre­at the Lord’s mer­cy is and how much we all need that mer­cy, espe­cial­ly at that cru­cial hour! (D. 811)

Remem­ber that the gra­ce of a hap­py and peace­ful death has been pro­mi­sed to tho­se who say this Cha­plet, and to tho­se at who­se death­bed others say it. So as far as we are able, let’s join the work of hel­ping the dying.