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In Scripture and Tradition, it is plain that the Lord Died for us and Sacrificed His Life on the Cross for us at 3:00 P.M on Friday. This was also the Hour when His Heart was pierced by the Holy Lance of St. Longinus, and Blood and Water flowed forth from that pierced Heart, as St. John the Apostle records for us in Jn 19:34-35. See also 1 Jn 5:6. The Hour of 3:00 P.M is called the Ninth Hour (from 6:00 A.M. in the morning) or Nones in Scripture and the Divine Office. Thus, "In addition to Morning and Evening Prayer to accompany the sacrifices, there was prayer at the Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours of the day.[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nones_(liturgy)

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The Apostles continued to frequent the Temple at the customary hours of prayer (Acts 3:1): "Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer."[5] At an early date mystical reasons for the division of the day were sought. St. Cyprian sees in the hours of Terce, Sext and Nones, which come after a lapse of three hours, an allusion to the Trinity. He adds that these hours already consecrated to prayer under the Old Dispensation have been sanctified in the New Testament by great mysteries—Terce by the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles; Sext by the prayers of St. Peter, the reception of the Gentiles into the Church, or yet again by the crucifixion of Christ; Nones by the death of Christ.[6] St. Basil merely recalls that it was at the ninth hour that the Apostles Peter and John were wont to go to the Temple to pray.[7] St. John Cassian, who adopts the Cyprian interpretation for Terce and Sext, sees in the Hour of Nones the descent of Christ into hell.[8] But, as a rule, it is the death of Christ that is commemorated at the Hour of Nones."

So this has a very long history, yet is ignored by many Catholics, who choose to remain ignorant of the time when the floodgates of Mercy opened up for the whole world, which Jesus Our Lord means us to commemorate and remember every day, with Grace if we do.

These Promises are from God and were given to St. Maria Faustina for our spiritual benefit. It's up to us to make use of or ignore them.

There is no question of any false mercy here, because the primary area God promises Mercy is in the Confessional after Repentance. What Jesus Promises in His Divine Mercy Revelation, just like in His Sacred Heart Revelation, is to give us His Mercy also through Prayer.

"Hence, the Lord said, "At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320).

As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world — mercy triumphed over justice. (1572) [cf. Jam 2:13 for a similar passage - Xavier]

My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. (1572)" See also: https://aleteia.org/2018/01/23/what-is-the-hour-of-great-mercy/

We should make use of this, and never let the Ninth Hour, or 3:00 P.M. in the day pass, without asking great graces from God for ourselves, and our loved ones; graces of conversion and of salvation for sinners about to die, grace of sanctification and of perseverance for the just; graces for us and all our families and friends to embrace the Faith or remain in and increase in Charity and holiness every day; and any and every grace we desire for ourselves or for the whole world, on the strength of Christ's bitter Passion.

“On Good Friday. At three o’clock, I saw the Lord Jesus, crucified, who looked at me and said, I THIRST. Then I saw two rays issue from His side, just as they appear in the image. I then felt in my soul the desire to save souls and empty myself for the sake of poor sinners. I offered myself, together with the dying Jesus, to the Eternal Father, for the salvation of the whole world. With Jesus, through Jesus and in Jesus is my communion with You, Eternal Father.” (Diary, 648)

“Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you … Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death … When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior … Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy … Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.”
Do make Acts of Consecration to the Twin Hearts, Spiritual Offerings of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Union with the Holy Mass, like in St. Gertrude's Chaplet, along with Spiritual Communions at least every hour. The Saints say Spiritual Communions are a way to quickly advance to Union with God.

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Okay.


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Why do you have to rope Faustina into this?  It's clear enough from Sacred Scripture that Our Lord died at or around 3PM.

You're just a private revelation junkie, aren't you?

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These Promises are from God and were given to St. Maria Faustina for our spiritual benefit. It's up to us to make use of or ignore them.

I'll ignore them.

Perhaps you could pray to "Pope" St. Paul VI for discernment about your vocation too.

For claiming to be a Traditional Catholic, you're just a step or two shy of poche in terms of being a Novus Ordo apologist.

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Suit yourself. You will miss out on the graces the Lord gives at the Hour then. Something like 25 million Catholics before 1953 practiced Divine Mercy. You'd have to be quite closed to grace to think it was the devil who wanted to remind us to meditate on Christ's Passion, informing us of the hour of His Death correctly, which millions of Catholics still do not know and have not troubled to find out, thereby losing out on countless graces. Jesus gave a simple way even for those not learned in Scripture and Tradition to find out. To you, it was a demon who said to meditate on the Stations of the Cross in that hour, on Eucharistic Adoration, and other exercises to save souls. Either that, or St. Faustina supposedly invented it herself, or some other contorted explanation like that.  

It is love for souls and zeal for their salvation that really counts with God, as the Saints say: "in the evening of life, we will all be judged by our love" (St. John of the Cross). And St. Faustina had this abundantly, and very many were saved by her prayers in her own lifetime. Almost every Saint faces opposition at first, that proves less than nothing. Even St. Padre Pio faced opposition from very many. But God ultimately vindicates His own. Always.

The Value of our Personal Suffering

A special role in entreating God's mercy for the world is played by suffering. "There is but one price at which souls are bought”, Jesus told St. Faustina, “and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross" (Diary 324).

"Every conversion of a sinful soul demands sacrifice" (Diary 961). The Lord Jesus told St. Faustina: "I have need of your sufferings to rescue souls” (Diary 1612).”Help Me, My daughter to save souls. Join your sufferings to My Passion and offer them to the Heavenly Father for sinners" (Diary 1032)." https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/catholicchaplaincy/divinemercy/chaplet/savingasoulmaydependonyou/

On the last day, the calumniators of the Saints will risk being placed among the enemies of God. Go read, if you wish to learn the Truth, what the Doctors say about those who knowingly and willfully deny the Church's Infallibility in Canonizing Saints, and then slander the Saints. I suppose, like you said St. Robert was "emoting", St. Alphonsus was one of those "heretics (objectively speaking)" because they disagreed with you on the Church Teaching of Baptism of Desire, you'll think they were wrong on this one also. An infallible judge of these things you most certainly are not, that's really the mildest way to put it.

"O Jesus, eternal Truth, our Life, I call upon You and I beg Your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest Heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with You for poor sinners. O Most Sacred Heart, Fount of Mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race, I beg of You light for poor sinners. O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners. Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equalled. Therefore, let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord, and place its hope in His mercy." https://www.thedivinemercy.org/news/Saint-Faustina-and-the-Sacred-Heart-5872

Fr. Ripperger is just one Traditional Priest and Exorcist who knows by experience how powerful the Divine Mercy is, but you know better than Father R., I'm sure. Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea is another and there are many others.
Do make Acts of Consecration to the Twin Hearts, Spiritual Offerings of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Union with the Holy Mass, like in St. Gertrude's Chaplet, along with Spiritual Communions at least every hour. The Saints say Spiritual Communions are a way to quickly advance to Union with God.


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Access to Divine Mercy Requires Trust in Jesus: Sermon by Fr. Isaac Mary Reylea



Mercy of God: Sermon by Fr. Chad Ripperger

Do make Acts of Consecration to the Twin Hearts, Spiritual Offerings of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Union with the Holy Mass, like in St. Gertrude's Chaplet, along with Spiritual Communions at least every hour. The Saints say Spiritual Communions are a way to quickly advance to Union with God.

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I'll ignore them.

Perhaps you could pray to "Pope" St. Paul VI for discernment about your vocation too.

For claiming to be a Traditional Catholic, you're just a step or two shy of poche in terms of being a Novus Ordo apologist.
There is substantial evidence about The Divine Mercy devotion and why it should be avoided. (See below for another excellent article on this topic.)
I will take your statement Ladislaus, and in all humility married with theological certitude, state that one CANNOT call oneself a Traditional Catholic and adhere to the Divine Mercy devotion; a devotion condemned by the Catholic Church and imprudently exhumed by the Conciliar Church. If it wasnt for John Paul II, this erroneous practice would likely have remained buried. John Paul II and Sr Faustina both being Polish had a great deal to do with it.
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What are we to think of the Divine Mercy devotion? (by Father Peter R. Scott)


Many people have certainly received graces from the devotion to Divine Mercy propagated by St. Faustina, and her personal piety was certainly most exemplary. However, this does not necessarily mean that this devotion is from God. It is true that Pope John Paul II promoted this devotion, that it was through his efforts that the prohibition was lifted on April 15, 1978, and that he even introduced a feast of Divine Mercy into the Novus Ordo. However, the fact that good and pious people receive graces and that Sister Faustina was pious do not necessarily means that it is from heaven. In fact, it was not only not approved before Vatican II. It was condemned, and this despite the fact that the prayers themselves of the chaplet of Divine Mercy are orthodox.
 
Condemned by the Holy Office
There were two decrees from Rome on this question, both of the time of Pope John XXIII. The Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office, in a plenary meeting held on November 19, 1958, made the following decisions:
 
The supernatural nature of the revelations made to Sister Faustina is not evident.
No feast of Divine Mercy is to be instituted.
It is forbidden to divulge images and writings that propagate this devotion under the form received by Sister Faustina.
 
The second decree of the Holy Office was on March 6, 1959, in which the following was established:
 
The diffusion of images and writings promoting the devotion to Divine Mercy under the form proposed by the same Sister Faustina was forbidden.
The prudence of the bishops is to judge as to the removal of the aforesaid images that are already displayed for public honor.
 
What was it about this devotion that prevented the Holy Office from acknowledging its divine origin? The decrees do not say, but it seems that the reason lies in the fact that there is so much emphasis on God’s mercy as to exclude His justice. Our sins and the gravity of the offense that they inflict on God is pushed aside as being of little consequence. That is why the aspect of reparation for sin is omitted or obscured.
The true image of God’s mercy is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, crowned with thorns, dripping precious blood. The Sacred Heart calls for a devotion of reparation, as the popes have always requested. However, this is not the case with the Divine Mercy devotion. The image has no heart. It is a Sacred Heart without a heart, without reparation, without the price of our sins being clearly evident. It is this that makes the devotion very incomplete and makes us suspicious of its supernatural origin, regardless of Sister Faustina’s own good intentions and personal holiness. This absence of the need for reparation for sins is manifest in the strange promise of freedom from all the temporal punishment due to sin for those who observe the 3:00 p.m. Low Sunday devotions. How could such a devotion be more powerful and better than a plenary indulgence, applying the extraordinary treasury of the merits of the saints? How could it not require as a condition that we perform a penitential work of our own? How could it not require the detachment from even venial sin that is necessary to obtain a plenary indulgence?
 
Presumption in the Writings of Sister Faustina
The published Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski (Marian Press, Stockbridge, MA, 2007) also indicates several reasons to seriously question the supernatural origin of the more than 640 pages of voluminous and repeated apparitions and messages. The characteristic of any true mystic who has received supernatural graces is always a profound humility, sense of unworthiness, awareness and profession of the gravity of his sins. Yet this humility is strangely lacking in Sister Faustina’s diary. On October 2, 1936, for example, she states that the “Lord Jesus” spoke these words to her: “Now I know that it is not for the graces or gifts that you love me, but because My will is dearer to you than life. That is why I am uniting Myself with you so intimately as with no other creature.” (§707, p. 288). This gives every appearance of being a claim of being more united to Jesus than anybody else, even the Blessed Virgin Mary, and certainly more than all the other saints. What pride, to believe such an affirmation, let alone to assert that it came from heaven!
In April 1938, Sister Faustina read the canonization of St. Andrew Bobola and was filled with longing and tears that her congregation might have its own saint. Then she affirms the following: “And the Lord Jesus said to me, Don’t cry. You are that saint.” (§1650, p. 583). These are words that most certainly no true saint would affirm, but rather his sinfulness and unworthiness of his congregation. This presumption in her writings is not isolated. She praises herself on several occasions through the words supposedly uttered by Jesus. Listen to this interior locution, for example: “Beloved pearl of My Heart, I see your love so pure, purer than that of the angels, and all the more so because you keep fighting. For your sake I bless the world.” (§1061, p. 400). On May 23, 1937 she describes a vision of the Holy Trinity, after which she heard a voice saying: “Tell the Superior General to count on you as the most faithful daughter in the Order” (§1130, p. 417). It is consequently hardly surprising that Sister Faustina claimed to be exempt from the Particular and General Judgments. On February 4, 1935, she already claimed to hear this voice in her soul: “From today on, do not fear God’s judgment, for you will not be judged” (§374, p. 168). Add to this the preposterous affirmation that the host three times over jumped out of the tabernacle and placed itself in her hands (§44, p. 23), so that she had to open up the tabernacle herself and place it back in there, tells the story of a presumption on God’s grace which goes beyond all reason, let alone as the action of a person supposedly favored with innumerable and repeated mystical and supernatural graces.
It is perhaps not accidental that Pope John Paul II promoted this devotion, for it is very much in line with his encyclical Dives in Misericordia. In fact, the Paschal Mystery theology that he taught pushed aside all consideration of the gravity of sin and the need for penance, for satisfaction to divine justice, and hence of the Mass as being an expiatory sacrifice, and likewise the need to gain indulgences and to do works of penance. Since God is infinitely merciful and does not count our sins, all this is considered of no consequence. This is not the Catholic spirit. We must make reparation for our sins and for the sins of the whole world, as the Sacred Heart repeatedly asked at Paray-Le-Monial. It is the renewal of our consecration to the Sacred Heart and frequent holy hours of reparation that is going to bring about the conversion of sinners. It is in this way that we can cooperate in bringing about His Kingdom of Merciful Love, because it is the perfect recognition of the infinite holiness of the Divine Majesty and complete submission to His rightful demands. Mercy only means something when we understand the price of our Redemption.

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In Scripture and Tradition, it is plain that the Lord Died for us and Sacrificed His Life on the Cross for us at 3:00 P.M on Friday. This was also the Hour when His Heart was pierced by the Holy Lance of St. Longinus, and Blood and Water flowed forth from that pierced Heart, as St. John the Apostle records for us in Jn 19:34-35.
Our Lord was not killed by the lance, he was already dead.
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Can you make a post about Medjugorje next?

 

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