The whole of humanity is living day to day though a time of intense physical and spiritual suffering and many tribulations. It is extremely comforting to know that, even during the coronavirus emergency, we are able to feel the closeness of Our Mother, the Church. Through the Decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary on the 19th March that we have been granted the extraordinary concession of, “special Indulgences to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.”
To benefit from the Plenary Indulgence, the faithful affected by the Coronavirus and all those placed under quarantine by the Health Authorities in Hospitals or residences, can recite the Creed, the Our Father and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Plenary Indulgence is also granted to “those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore Almighty God for the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and the eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.”
Therefore, here is the mission that we wish to launch:
Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the dying.
Jesus promised Sr Faustina:
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son.” (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 811).
Spiritually, let us place ourselves on our knees before the hundreds of poor people and our beloved brothers and sisters that pass into eternity each day due to the Coronavirus that cannot be visited by anyone, even a priest.
Let us be spiritually at their side whilst we recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on their behalf.
Further, during our working day, even when we are between one task or another, remember to recite a simple invocation like, “Jesus, Mary I love you, save souls” or “St Joseph, pray for us and all those who are dying during this day / night.”
With much love, as a humble member of the Mystical Body of the Church in which the blood of the Communion of Saints circulates, let us work to play our part for the good of all.
God Bless US
And the Virgin Protect Us
The Missionaries of Divine Revelation