Book of the Month, March 2021 – Part 4

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 4 of our Catholic Book of the Month for March 2021, Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent: and in Times of Suffering, by Susan Tassone. I’m also going to include some things from the Marian site of the Divine Mercy to help us get ready for Holy Week. Notes and links are at the end of this post.

The next couple of weeks are packed with important spiritual days for Catholics all over the world:

  • Thursday, March 25, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
  • Just a few days later Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 28.
  • Then comes the Triduum, the holiest time of the year.
  • Easter Sunday (including the Vigil on Saturday evening) brings hope and holy joy to the forefront.
  • Then we have the Easter Octave which is also Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Divine Mercy Novena was given to St. Faustina by our Lord Himself.

“The Lord told me to say this chaplet for nine days before the Feast of Mercy. It is to begin on Good Friday. By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.” Diary, 796. The words in bold are the words of Jesus spoken to St. Faustina.

Diary, 796. The words in bold are the words Jesus spoke to St. Faustina.

“Jesus, I trust in You. Novena to The Divine Mercy which Jesus instructed me to write down and make before the Feast of Mercy. It begins on Good Friday.”

Diary, 1209.

Over the next few pages St. Faustina gives us the Novena to the Divine Mercy as Jesus gave it to her. You can use the novena in Tassone’s book (see Appendix D, location 2305 in the Kindle version), in the Diary (see location 1209 in the Kindle version) or at the Divine Mercy website

The Off the Shelf podcast, episode 204, features host Pete Socks with Susan Tassone, talking about her book. Catch the episode on:

During Lent (and outside of Lent, too), and especially during the upcoming Holy Week, we can use the section in Susan Tassone’s book on The Passion and the Way of the Cross, based on entries in St. Faustina’s Diary. In Tassone’s book see pg. 70, location 1443 in the Kindle version. 

Also see the Shrine of the Divine Mercy which offers two versions of the Way of the Cross:

Video, Stations of the Cross – Saint Faustina’s Way of The Cross 

View Susan Tassone’s author website.

View the Divine Mercy YouTube channel, maintained by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, stay safe and well, virtuous and holy, and focused on the Lenten spiritual practices of fasting, praying and giving alms, and walking the Way of the Cross, so you can become who you were meant to be: a SAINT! May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

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