I know it is late in the game if you aren't already aware of this Novena. But I wanted to post it anyway. The prayer for the fourth day, today, is particularly meaningful to me, as I have friends who seemingly (to me) refuse to believe in God...
"Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,
I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
*Our Lord's original words here were "the pagans." Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.
This Divine Mercy Sunday is going to be a very special day, as it will be the day Pope John Paul II is beatified. And I love Divine Mercy Sunday.
I will be in another town, for a half marathon the next day. Hopefully I will be feeling better by then, because I am certainly not feeling well now. And it has been eleven days since I have worked out. I don't think I do "sick" well, this has been difficult for me. I still made Easter dinner yesterday and we all enjoyed it. But I am still sad over the people I am missing this year.
But there is God's mercy for me too. Even though I have enough self-pity to go around.
Thank you Lord Jesus.