A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of a celebration of a feast day.
“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209).
For each of the nine days, our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention:
All mankind, especially sinners;
The souls of priests and religious;
All devout and faithful souls;
Those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus;
The souls who have separated themselves from the Church;
The meek and humble souls and the souls of little children;
The souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy;
The souls detained in purgatory; and
Souls who have become lukewarm.
In her Diary, St. Faustina recorded a number of conversations she had with Jesus during which He made promises to those devoted to His Divine Mercy. We selected a few of the most powerful of these promises for this article, with a special focus on praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.