I decided to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I’ve done it a few times. I decided to try it out. The first time… well… nothing. I was done and I thought, “Is that it? Well, ok.”
My initial intent and motivation for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet was because, well, I don’t want to go to hell. Simple as that. Sort of like a “hope and a prayer” that praying this will help (tho’, not guarantee) my salvation. I felt so selfish praying this for myself.
Is it selfish to pray to God for his divine mercy so that I may be united with him?
I spent some time in Alcoholics Anonymous. (I no longer go. I kind of got burned with it.) I worked with a sponsor that did help me direct my prayer. But one of the things that AA teaches (and it’s important because it is considered that an alcoholic is selfish and self centered) that we should not pray for ourselves, but for others. And to pray for ourselves is selfish.
Well, I think I’ve had my view of prayer distorted by this. And so my praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for me felt so selfish. Like I said, the first time I prayed it, when I was done I thought that I didn’t feel anything because my motives were selfish. In the end, I simply trusted that while I may not have felt anything, I had hoped that the spiritual effect would be there even though it was not obvious to me at the time. I simply trusted God that would be the case. I do reflect on the “Jesus, I trust in you” image when I say the chaplet.
I’ve since prayed it a few times and now by the time I’m in the middle of it I can sort of feel a strong presence. But I’m not too sure. It’s can be pretty strong. To be honest, I’m afraid to try and determine what it is, but I just pray. I really like this Divine Mercy Chaplet. A lot. It’s so different from a rosary. Simple, yet elegant.
What’s been your experience in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet?