Mary and Jesus speak as one in Fatima and Divine Mercy messages

By Barb Ernster –

Soon after St. Maria Faustina was led by an angel to the chasms of hell, she wrote about what she saw in her Diary, so that she might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. Like St. Jacinta Marto, she was so overwhelmed and horrified at how terribly souls suffer there, she dedicated herself to praying fervently for the conversion of sinners and incessantly pleading for God’s mercy on them.

Jesus confided to her the depths of His mercy, calling it an “ocean”, “infinite” “unfathomable” and abundantly available to the greatest of sinners. He stressed constantly His desire for the salvation of souls and said that the prayer for the conversion of sinners was “most pleasing to Him.”

Graces and Mercy

“Last Vision” of Fatima

Conversion of sinners and salvation of souls is also at the heart of the message of Fatima. The parallels between these two unprecedented apparitions of the early twentieth century are undeniable – one builds upon the other. The messages flow almost identically from the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, signifying the Two Hearts beating as one.  The image of the Holy Trinity, known as the Last Vision, shown to Sister Lucia at Tuy, Spain, is a forerunner to the image of Divine Mercy given to St. Faustina. Both depict the source of our redemption in the Blood and Water that gushes from the Heart of Jesus brought forth by His Crucifixion.  GRACES, MERCY – this is mankind’s only hope of salvation.

At Fatima, Our Lady shows us how to live Divine Mercy, for each of the prayers taught to the shepherd children by her and the Angel of Peace are directed for the conversion of sinners, the prayer that pleases Jesus most:

The Pardon Prayer begs mercy on those who “do not believe … adore … hope … or love God.”

The Angel Prayer offers the “Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ” in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences of souls, ending with an appeal for the “conversion of sinners.”  

The Sacrifice Prayer asks us to pray with confidence:  “O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart.”

The Decade Prayer appeals directly to Jesus’ mercy: “…forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need.”

The Rosary, of course, is one of our most powerful weapons in the battle for souls and conversion of sinners.

These prayers, said with trust in Jesus’ infinite love, are, in essence, a response to His requests for acts of mercy: “You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. … I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy.” (St. Faustina Diary 742)

Jesus also told St. Faustina: “Write this for the many souls who are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul.” (Diary 1317)

The three shepherd children lived the Divine Mercy message by adopting Our Lady’s requests in their daily lives, thinking always about what they could do to help merit grace for lost souls. Lucia reminded us that this was not a message for just three little shepherds, but for everyone who strives to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  “The (Fatima) Message asks us to undertake an apostolate on behalf of our brothers and sisters. It is a continuation of the mission of Christ on earth; we must be co-workers with Christ in his work of redemption, in the salvation of souls.” (“Calls” from the Message of Fatima)

Mary promised us at Fatima, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

Jesus tells us through St. Faustina, “Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart and I will fill it with peace. (Diary 1074)

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated this year on April 28, which is also the feast day of St. Louis de Montfort. What a perfect day to combine the messages of Jesus and Mary and renew our consecration to the Two Hearts by doing what Our Lord and Our Lady ask of us. 

This article first appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of SOUL Magazine.

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  1. We had receiving lots of Blessings and Miracles from Our Lady Of Fátima. We adore Her. We praying the Rosary everyday

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