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Divine Mercy - A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI

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by: Robert Stackpole, STD
, forward by Donald H. Calloway, MIC

This book, by Robert Stackpole, STD, is a guide to a message that the world desperately needs to hear. This message comes from "above", "right from the top," from the Maker of the universe Himself. It is the central message of God's revelation to His human creatures: the message of God's merciful love.

One might well ask: "Why does this book say 'from Genesis to Benedict XVI'? If the message is so important, why didn't God reveal the world thing to human beings right from the start? Why do you have to cover all of history, from Genesis to Pope Benedict today, to tell us about it?" Of course, if humanity had been willing and able to listen to this message, perhaps God could have revealed it to us all at once.

However, as a result of the fall of humanity into sin, our minds were clouded and our hearts darkened. For this reason, God's revelation of His merciful love could only be communicated to the human race one step at a time. As century followed century, God progressively revealed Himself more and more, and there was also an increasing appreciation of His mercy down through the ages.

That is the focus of the first part of this book: the progressive revelation of God's message of mercy, as recorded in the Bible. Moreover, as we shall see, the message of God's merciful love is not just something He wanted to send to us in words, but Someone He wanted to give to us in person: Himself, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. That was His main message (or "Word") made flesh, so that we could know and experience His mercy in the most clear and comprehensible way. St. John summed it all up for us in His first epistle: "In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, that we might live through him" (1 John 4:9)

The second part of this book focuses on those who "live through him" - namely, the best friends of God, the saints. We shall see that the saints of God in the Catholic Tradition focused their reflections, their prayers and the witness to the world on the biblical revelation of Divine Mercy. Sometimes they wrote theological reflections about it. Sometimes God manifested His mercy to them in the form of special revelations, such as supernatural apparitions, visions and locutions. Always, the praises of God&039;s mercy were on their lips and manifest in their lives.

Finally, in the third part of this book, we shall show that God has done something new in our time. Beginning with the life and witness of a simple Polish sister back in the 1930s, St. Faustina Kowalska, He has expressed His mercy for the world in a new way, representing the biblical and traditional message in a way that human beings in our time can hear it afresh. As this new "Devotion to The Divine Mercy" began to spread around the world, obstacles were thrown into its path and the God did another new thing: he raised up from that same Catholic land a pope, John Paul II, who would teach the message of mercy to the world with startling clarity and power and consecrate the whole world to The Divine Mercy at the dawn of the third millennium.

This part of the story is not over. It will be written by the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of present and future generations. In fact, it can be written in the lives of those who read this book. This is why study questions and discussion starters are included at the end of sections of material in the chapters - to help both individual readers and groups reflect on how they can take part as the story of Divine Mercy unfolds in their own lives.
-(Forward from the book)

May the following book enlighten you and bring to light the message of God's love and mercy to you.
Trade Paperback. 257 pages.
ISBN: 9781596141858
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Divine Mercy - A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI

Divine Mercy - A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI