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Revisiting the Passion of Christ Through an Immersion in Divine Mercy Chaplet

James Mark, a teacher of religious education, lector, and Eucharistic Minister inserts meditative thoughts into the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer.


“The Divine Mercy Chaplet” is a Christian devotion to the Divine Mercy focused on the Christological apparitions of Jesus mentioned by Saint Faustina Kowalska, known as “the Apostle of Divine Mercy.” In her diary written during the late 1920’s to the middle 1930’s when she died of tuberculosis. In 2000, she was canonized as a Catholic saint and sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. This chaplet recounts the crucifixion of Jesus and immerses the faithful in His passion.
While reading the diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Jim, a teacher of religious education, lector, and Eucharistic Minister, became committed to the belief that God’s greatest attribute is His Mercy as well as the promise He made to all who pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the bed of a dying person: that that person will die a peaceful death and that Jesus will stand as Mediator of Divine Mercy and not as just Judge. Upon witnessing the peaceful death of a friend for whom he prayed the regular chaplet, he became a very strong believer and advocate of this prayer. However, Mark also realized that Jesus instructs us to reflect on his sorrowful passion rather than just repeating phrases. Compelled by this, he inserted meditative thoughts to go along with the prayer.
James Mark, with the approval of the Diocese of Joliet, published “The Divine Mercy Chaplet: A Deep Meditation.” Outlining the Divine Mercy message and devotion as well as incorporating meditative thoughts, the chaplet will help readers meditate more effectively and get closer to God. Mark provides a narration of the passion of Christ that’s closer to home and more relatable. It produces an immersive experience that will transport readers back to the pain and anguish of Jesus as He is beaten, flogged, crowned with thorns, is mocked, spat upon, and carries His cross with the burden of all humanity’s sins. Finally, He is nailed to the cross and prays for all of us, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Every Christian is familiar with the redemption story. We know that Jesus was prophesied to be born, to minister, and to bear the sins of the world through the cross. We’ve looked at His life and works, as well as the miracles He performed. But have we, on the other hand, take the time to feel his anguish and sorrow? Have we imagined ourselves bearing the cross with blood gushing from every pore of our skin?
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The Divine Mercy Chaplet: A Deep Meditation
Author: James Mark
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Publication Date: April 2021
Genre: Religious Prayer
Target Audience: 18 years old and above
About the Author
James Mark is the author of the “The Divine Mercy Chaplet – A Deep Meditation.” He is 74 years old. He and his wife have 2 children and 5 grandchildren (one by adoption and one through marriage). He now lives in a small rural town about 20 miles south of Joliet, Illinois.
James attended high school and first year college in the Chicago Diocese’s minor seminary. He left the seminary and graduated from Blackburn College in rural southern Illinois. After graduation he spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Malaysia on the Island of Borneo. His Peace Corps training was in Hawaii for three months. There he learned the Malay language, customs and about tuberculosis, a very common and deadly disease in Malaysia at that time. When he finally arrived in Malaysia he worked in hospitals and clinics. He worked in the lab identifying samples that may contain the tuberculosis germ or not.
Later, James went out into the field and helped vaccinate children against the disease. The cure for tuberculosis at that time required taking 3 medications for two years. Many times, people would not go to the clinic to get their monthly supply of meds, so he would drive on his motorcycle to the kampongs to make sure they had their meds. One time at the local school the science teacher had to leave so he filled in for about a month as well as doing his duties in the clinic.
When James returned to the USA, he attended Illinois State University where he earned a master’s degree in Special Education. It was also where he met his wife, Donna. James taught in Sp.Ed. classrooms for 27 years before retiring. After retiring from teaching he started a small lawn mowing business and helped out at his local parish, Immaculate Conception. There he is a teacher of religious education, lector, Eucharistic Minister, and helps with general maintenance of the parish from time to time.
For the last several years (except for COVID) James has been a Hospice Volunteer putting to use the Divine Mercy Chaplet when needed.

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