Divine Mercy is a perfection directed towards the miseries of creatures, tending to alleviate them and even to free them from created things when such a liberation enters into the designs of Divine Providence, which does all things with measure, number and weight (Wis 11:21).
This adorable mercy extends, like goodness itself, to all God’s works: “His tender mercies are over all his works” (Ps 144:9). God’s mercy overshadows the works of nature, the works of grace and the works of glory.
Mercy supervises the works of nature, because God has created out of nothing all things contained in the natural order. It overshadows the works of grace, because man had fallen into the horrible abyss, and Divine Mercy not only drew him from its depths but reestablished man in a state of grace so Godlike and noble that from being a member of Satan (as he was by his crime) he became a member of Jesus Christ.
God’s mercy permeates the works of glory, because God was not content simply to raise man to the supernatural and sublime state of Christian grace, making him thus partaker of the divine nature. The Creator further designed to withdraw man from the baseness, miseries, imperfections and perils which surround him here below, and to elevate him to heaven, even to the throne of God, to grant participation in his everlasting glory and the enjoyment of his eternal happiness. God has willed to share all his possessions with man, his creature.
Among the effects of Divine Mercy, we must enumerate three principal realities, which in turn embody numberless effects. The first is the Incarnation of the God-Man; the second, his Mystical Body, namely Holy Church; the third is the Mother of the God-Man, namely the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. These constitute three admirable masterpieces of Divine Mercy.
In order to save us from the deepest possible abyss of misery and malediction, and to raise us to the highest conceivable degree of happiness and grandeur, God willed that his divine Son should become man, mortal and capable of suffering like ourselves; that he should descend to earth, to abide and converse with us, and teach us a heavenly and divine doctrine by his own sacred lips. God willed his Son to give us a most excellent and holy law, and to teach us to observe it by his own divine example. God willed that his Only-begotten Son should suffer and perform great miracles for our sake, while in this world; that he should die on the cross, be buried, rise again the third day and remain 40 days longer on earth; that he should found a Church, establish therein a sublime priesthood, an admirable sacrifice and seven divine sacraments; that, having ascended into heaven, he should send his Holy Spirit to govern his Church, to rule her in all things and to abide with her forever.
All this, namely the numerous episodes and mysteries of the God-Man, his thoughts concerning our salvation, the words he spoke in preparation for this great mission, the thanksgiving he offered, the sufferings he endured, every drop of blood he shed, the sacrifices he offered and continues to offer daily and hourly in his Church, all the Sacraments established by him, all the enlightenment and sanctification that he accomplished in human souls, under the Old as well as under the New Law, by virtue of his mysteries, sacrifices and sacraments, and whatever other graces communicated to men, all this, I repeat, emanated from the manifold operations of the divine attribute of mercy.
Beyond this, God not only willed to become man that men might become partakers of the divine nature, but he willed that his only Son should become the Son of Man that men might become sons of God. God willed that his Son come into this world by being born of the seed of Adam and of a daughter of Adam that we might have the God-Man for our brother and the Mother of God for our mother. Thus we have the same father and the same mother as the Son of God himself. We are his brothers, and as he is our mediator with his Father, so his heavenly Mother is a mediatrix between himself and us.
In order to render his admirable Mother paramountly able to exercise her double office of Mother and Mediatrix, so