A friend and fellow author, Shane Kapler, mentioned his newest book, Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and for some reason I didn’t fully grasp what this meant from the title alone. When I opened up this beautifully illustrated book and read the introduction by Fr. Donald Calloway, my heart surged with gratitude. It was as if I had stumbled upon a buried, secret treasure and wanted to know more.
You see, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are two beloved devotions I have cherished since I was an early young adult. I still carry with me my First Communion Rosary. I don’t leave the house without it, because one never knows when one will be given the opportunity to pray a decade or two (or entire Rosary) while waiting. So, the fact that Kapler was inspired to unite the two devotions into one prayer got me thinking that this is the devotion that is most needed right now.
We live in trying times, and what the world needs so desperately is mercy – divine mercy. Every day I battle discouragement as I witness horrific, unthinkable problems covered in the news. I am disheartened when I open my email or receive text messages about people who are facing serious diagnoses – cancer, deadly genetic conditions, horrible accidents, etc. Sometimes it is too much to bear.
But then I began praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet together, as Kapler suggests in his book. What’s beautiful about this book is that it is truly a meditation book, complete with gorgeous, full-color images corresponding to each decade of the Rosary and preceding Kapler’s thoughtful reflection on each mystery.
I have no words for how much this prayer has changed my prayer life in such a short time. We cannot fathom the spiritual fruits that God bestows on those we dedicate such prayers to. What I can say is that this devotion, I pray and hope, will spread like wildfire throughout our nation and the world, because the power of prayer is multiplied through the soul that sincerely prays it.
Text Copyright 2017 Jeannie Ewing, all rights reserved.