Wednesday 15 June 2016

Divine Mercy Image Explained - Father Michael E. Gaitley

Divine Mercy Image Explained:
Includes Enthronement Prayers
Michael E. Gaitley
Marian Press

ISBN 9781596142770

This was the second book by Father Gaitley that I have read this year. My introduction to his writing was his piece in the collection Beautiful Mercy, and I followed that up with his Divine Mercy Explained. From having read that book I was expecting lot from this book and it delivered in full. 

The chapters in the book are as follows:
Author's Preface
The Grace of the Image
  • Tradition: Sacred Art
  • Tradition: Prophetic Witness
The Meaning of the Image
  • The Rays
  • Jesus, I Trust in You
  • The Gaze
  • A Truly Sacred Image
The Enthronement of the Image
  • An Invitation to Jesus, the Divine Mercy
  • How to Make the Invitation (Offering)
  • Divine Mercy Enthronement
Appendix One: A Meditation on the Image
Appendix Two: Articles on the Image
  • "The Power of the Image"
  • "Fr. Joseph's Dream Come True"
Appendix Three: Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy Resources

Father Gaitley does an amazing job of distilling the meaning of Divine Mercy image. He does so in a very accessible way. His research is extensive, her personal devotion comes through and will challenge the reader. There is a great section about meditating on the image, in our parish there is a very large version of the divine image. I love spending time praying before it, as do my three children. After reading this book I plan on getting high quality copies of the Divine Mercy image for their bedrooms. 

This book challenged my devotion, it helped open me to more grace in my life, and to be open to growing and extending more grace to others. 

This is an amazing read and to be honest you cannot beat the price. When you combine it with the message of Father Michael's other book Divine Mercy Explained they are excellent tools in your spiritual tool box. Give this book a try I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Other books about Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina:

Books by Michael E. Gaitley:
33 Days to Morning Glory
33 Days to Merciful Love
40 Days to Mercy
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Divine Mercy Explained
The Divine Mercy Image Explained
The One Thing Is Three
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
You Did It To Me
Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy Missionary Handbook
Nine Days to Joseph: A Novena in Preparation for Consecration to St. Joseph

DVD Series by Father Michael E. Gaitley:
Divine Mercy In The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
You Did It to Me: Putting Mercy Into Action
33 Days to Morning Glory - Group Retreat
Consoling The Heart Of Jesus - Group Retreat
Wisdom And Works Of Mercy - Group Study Dvd

Contributed to:
Beautiful Mercy
Divine Mercy for Moms

(Note: this books is part of a series: A Year of Reading Intention - Catholic Reading!)

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