I often like to tune into the local Catholic radio station – WHIC, the Station of the Cross – just to hear the anti-Biblical nonsense. Many times I heard the following sing-song repetitive prayer often accompanied by a guitar or piano that I was unfamiliar with: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” What was this droning?
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” – Matthew 6:7.
I found out this is the “Chaplet of the Divine Mercy” in which Catholics use the rosary for this alternate set of “prayers.” The chaplet was originated by Helena Kowalska aka Sister Maria Faustina (1905-1938) who was canonized as a Catholic “saint” in 2000. Kowalska claimed to have been visited by Jesus several times and that he instructed her on devotion to his divine mercy through a painted image and various prayers.
However, the Bible says Jesus is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father serving as the Intercessor for all true believers (Hebrews 8). Anyone who claims to have been visited by Jesus or who claims that the consecrated host at Catholic mass is actually Jesus contradicts God’s Word.
“At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” – Matthew 24:23-27
So who was the entity that appeared to Kowalska?
I see that Southern Baptist mega-church pastor, Rick Warren, is a huge fan of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. http://www.understandthetimes.org/commentary/c147rickwarren.shtml
BTW, when Catholics aren’t using the rosary for the Divine Mercy Chaplet they’re using it to pray to Mary. There are 53 beads on the rosary devoted to the praying of a “Hail Mary.” Where in God’s Word does it say anyone should pray to Mary?
“As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:27 & 28.
“For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” – Matthew 4:10.