Dear Knitting A Conundrum,
It is good to know that you also have a solid devotion to the Divine Mercy.
As, you may know a few days back I had started a Thread on the Divine Mercy Novena.
Jesus, I trust in you.
I saw that you had one one, but since the novena starts today, I thought I would post the novena prayers.
For those who are interested and missed the first thread, here is the link:
I have a Divine Mercy story of my own.
I discovered the Divine Mercy devotion while I was in a searching phase of my life, before I became Catholic, thanks to EWTN. The story of St. Faustina and the devotion were part of what drew me into the Church.
Back in 1990, when I was in RCIA, I was also attending a Life in the Spirit seminar. One day, while I was having a meeting with my sponsor in that seminar, the day before the conclusion of the seminar, which is an intense prayer service with the laying on of hands, my house was attacked by an arsonist.
We had been told we might find things to make roadblocks to stop us from completing the seminar, but little did I know what mine was going to be. My computers and TV were melted, and many things just were destroyed. I had a picture of the Divine Mercy on a wall, with a small glass lamp in front of it. When I went to see what I could find, things on that wall had melted, been burned, and I couldn't find either the lamp or the picture, and had assumed they were destroyed.
This did not stop me from going through with the event, or continuing on with the RCIA process.
I had an insurance company which had my things salvaged as best they could. The first thing I found in the first container I opened was my picture of the Divine Mercy. You would never have known it had gone through such a fire. The glass lamp came through as well. It was like a love-letter from God.
Two years ago, I found out I was born on St. Faustina's 50th birthday - one of those little things that seem interesting coincidences, until you meditate on the hand of God on the life of man.
God's loving mercy is such a gift.