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Apr 10, 2019

The Essentials of Divine Mercy with Father Chris Alar, MIC

The Ascension Team

Join Fr. Chris Alar as he unpacks the essentials of Divine Mercy in this four part video series.


  • The six elements of the Divine Mercy devotion
  • Why mercy is greater than forgiveness
  • How to trust Jesus when you don’t feel like it
  • Why Divine Mercy is mankind’s last hope for salvation
  • Why mercy is the highest virtue and the highest mode of love
  • How you can show others mercy
  • Why Jesus appeared to St. Faustina in 1935

What Is Mercy?

Jesus tells us that as his followers, we must show mercy to others just as our heavenly Father shows mercy to us. But how can we do that if we don’t understand what mercy is? In this first video in The Essentials of Divine Mercy series, Father Chris Alar gives an introduction to Divine Mercy, explaining how mercy is even greater than forgiveness, and why Divine Mercy is mankind’s greatest hope for salvation.  

How Do We Get God’s Mercy?

Fr. Chris teaches us the ABCs of Divine Mercy, explaining that to receive God’s mercy, Scripture shows us that we need to: A. Ask God for mercy; B. Be merciful to other people; and C. Completely trust in God’s mercy for our lives. This is the message of mercy that God has been delivering to humanity since the beginning of human history. If we want to join him in heaven, we must live out each of these Divine Mercy ABCs.

Trusting God When You Don’t Feel Like It

To receive God’s mercy, we need to completely trust in  Jesus the person. But how do we do that when we feel like God has let us down, or when we’re experiencing difficulty? In this video, Fr. Chris reminds us that feelings aren’t the ultimate barometer of reality, encouraging us to have hope that when we make acts of trust in the Lord—whether we feel like we trust him or not—he will lead us according to his plan, which will ultimately fulfill the desires of our hearts.

Why God Gave Us the Message of Divine Mercy

If God’s message of Divine Mercy is eternal, why did he appear in 1931 to St. Faustina, an unknown Polish nun, and ask her to remind the world of his Mercy? In this video, Fr. Chris Alar recounts the history of the devotion of Divine Mercy, explaining the five elements of the devotion and what they can do for our spiritual lives: the Feast of Divine Mercy, the image of Divine Mercy, the novena, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Hour of Mercy. Learn how you can experience more of God’s mercy by committing yourself to the great devotion of Divine Mercy.

Fr. Chris Alar, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers

Father Chris Alar, MIC, is a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr. Chris wrote and produced the popular “Divine Mercy 101” DVD and is the author of the soon-to-be released book After Suicide: There is Still Hope for Them and You. He is an international speaker and a regular host and guest on EWTN. He also hosts the online “Divine Mercy Matters” series at Currently he serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC,” the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and is the head of Marian Press, located on the grounds of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Beauuful. I have question my friend has left her husband because he was very abusive. She feels God has let her down because she has tried to do things right + tried her best. Shes never wanted much but to love + be loved. What do i say

  • Thank you Father Chris for such powerful and informative presentations on Divine Mercy. Sure makes me aware of all the graces God gives us for salvation.

  • That video was so needed in the world today. Even though I say the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day, I now have a new beautiful way of praying it. Thank you, Father, for the beautiful video/sermons.

  • This was wonderful. The real truth about Divine Mercy is, I think, the best kept secret in the Catholic Church. Father Chris explains it all so beautifully. Thank you Father Chris and Ascension for getting the word out there.

  • I love these videos and I will be listening to them regularly. Thank you so much Ascension Press and Father Chris. So grateful for this evangelization of the Divine Mercy!

  • What can I do if my parish priest refuses to display the divine mercy image in our church? Says he is not going to put up an image that some polish nun claims to be from Jesus and that the Pope made Faustina a saint to appease the polish people! I’m not making this up! I pray for him but I’m so put out by him I can’t even go to a mass he is doing! Lord forgive me!

  • Thank you Fr. Chris Alar. I bought your dvd and I watch you speak and pray every time I can, but NOWHERE can I find out why you are also known as Fr. Joseph. Could you or someone tell me why so that i can tell my students at St. Joseph School?
    Thank you.
    Jane Ellis

  • I have always know the Lord is there for me and trust in him blindly. Now I know what I need to do for my salvation.

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