12319Re: [Slovak-World] Slovak Roman Catholic Prayer meets Rusyn Prayer
- May 1, 2005Hi
This is a beautiful Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a beautiful
prayer, which I count as one of my favorites.
I have a bit of a story about it .....
Back in the 90s I began hearing Mother Angelica's shortwave radio station
WEWN broadcast the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I remember saying, 'What a
boring and repetitive prayer!' I think at one point I may have even said
that I hated it. Well, in January of 1997 I wrote to Mother Angelica,
asking that the nuns at Our Lady of the Angels remember me in their
prayers, as I sought Christ's guidance in my life, and tried to figure out
what to do with it. I was in the middle of a divorce at the time. Lo and
behold, Mother Angelica's staff sent me a prayer card of the Chaplet of
Divine mercy. Hmmm, I thought, this must mean something. In a sense, I
found myself saying to God, "Okay, I'll say your prayer, but I ain't gonna
like it! Nyah! Nyah!" On Ash Wednesday 1997, I began saying the Chaplet
daily, sometimes praying with the nuns, sometimes praying it in my car
alone, sometimes before bed. As I owned no Rosary, I counted off the
prayers on my fingers.
By mid summer of 1997, I was still saying the Chaplet! I went to a Catholic
book store, specifically to buy a Rosary so that I cold start saying
correctly.. I went to the book section, and saw a copy of Sister Faustina
Kowalska's Diary 'Divine Mercy in My Soul'. I thought 'This might make a
good read', so I bought it. That night, as I lay in bed, I picked up the
book and started reading it. I felt chills go through me as read about the
Chaplet and Sister Faustina. I had no idea of the connection.
Of course, now Sister Faustina is now Saint Faustina.
The Chaplet has become a very special prayer to me, and I have been
privileged to lead a sung version of it on Divine Mercy Sunday at my
parish, St Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish in Pittsburgh for the past two
years. This year we had great attendance at the prayer as we said it as a
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