The Catholic Defender: The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Promise 6
(6) Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy. Mercy is absolutely the Lords most important promise, God's greatest gift to the lost. The Novena to the Divine Mercy Our Lord calls for the following:
1. All mankind, especially sinners
2. The souls of priests and religious
3. All devout and faithful souls
4. Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
5. The souls of separated brethren
6. The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
7. The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy
8. The souls who are detained in purgatory
9. The souls who have become lukewarm.
With this list whose left? Really nobody! Jesus is calling for us to pray and intercede on behalf of the whole world. That is the objective. If a person ends up in Hell, it is not the fault of the Lord. Jesus wants to have mercy. The most horrible sinner Jesus says is the most in need of His Mercy. What is the common promise to all of these? Jesus wants to "immerse them in this ocean of My mercy".
Matthew 9:9-13 states, "As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew* sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
Definition. "Mercy" can be defined as "compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power"; and also "a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion." "To be at someone's mercy" indicates a person being "without defense against someone."
Micah 7:18 states, "Who is a God like you, who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; who does not persist in anger forever, but instead delights in mercy, And will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our iniquities? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins; You will show faithfulness to Jacob, and loyalty to Abraham, As you have sworn to our ancestors from days of old."
There is no god like Our God, take the warning that Jesus gives in Revelation 3:15-16: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." Yet, if a person repents of their way He will forgive them. Jesus is calling for it:
"Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy."
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
In putting this Blog together in honor of the Lord's 6th Promise for the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, I was seeing an old episode of Gomer Pyle when he sung, "Dream the impossible Dream". Knowing that earlier Jim Nabors, from Alabama originally converts to the Catholic Faith, but later comes out of the closet with a rumored homosexual relationship with Rock Hudson? I can only hope that if there is any truth to this, which it seems Jim Nabors did "marry" a man, that he confessed his Mortal sins before His death. We can only hope that he died in God's Grace.
The words to "Dream the Impossible Dream":
To dream the impossible dream, To fight the unbeatable foe, To bear with unbearable sorrow, To dream the impossible dream, To fight the unbeatable foe, To bear with unbearable sorrow, And to run where the brave dare not go, To right the unrightable wrong, And to love pure and chaste from afar, To try when your arms are to weary, To reach the unreachable star, This is my quest, To follow that star, Ooh, no matter how hopeless, No matter how far, To fight for the right, Without question or pause, To be willing to march, march into hell, For that heavenly cause, And I know, If I'll only be true, To this glorious quest, That my heart, Will lie peaceful and calm, When I'm laid to my rest, And the world will be better for this, Oh, that one man, scorned and covered with scars, Still strong with his last ounce of courage, To reach the unreachable, the unreachable, The unreachable star, Yeah, and I'll always dream, The impossible dream, ,es, and I'll reach, The unreachable star, And to run where the brave dare not go, To right the unrightable wrong, And to love pure and chaste from afar, To try when your arms are to weary, To reach the unreachable star, This is my quest, To follow that star, Ooh, no matter how hopeless, No matter how far, To fight for the right, Without question or pause, To be willing to march, march into hell, For that heavenly cause, And I know, If I'll only be true, To this glorious quest, That my heart, Will lie peaceful and calm, When I'm laid to my rest, And the world will be better for this, Oh, that one man, scorned and covered with scars, Still strong with his last ounce of courage, To reach the unreachable, the unreachable, The unreachable star, Yeah, and I'll always dream, The impossible dream, Yes, and I'll reach, The unreachable star
Just taking a good look at this song, to reach the impossible dream is to make the decision to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation where the Impossible Dream is made possible. The Mercy Seat of God.
Jesus awaits for all of us to go to Confession especially when we have committed Mortal sins. Remember, the Virgin Mary warned at Fatima that one Mortal sin un-repented could cost a soul their salvation and send them to Hell.
Mercy is placed in the Bible more than 260 times, probably far more than that. What better way to end this story of the 6th promise of Jesus than this prayer to the Father:
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.