What can I say? Susan Tassone has done it again! When it comes to prayer books with purpose, I have found Susan’s various titles to be a great go-to source. This Lent, we are treated with yet another. Praying with Jesus and Faustina During Lent And in Times of Suffering is Susan’s latest and it will be a valuable asset to your Lenten journey this year and beyond.If you have never encountered a book by Susan Tassone, you are missing out. Known as “The Purgatory Lady,” Susan has a deep devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Jesus, Divine Mercy and St. Faustina. She has written multiple books on each topic.
This book is divided into six sections of meditations as follows:
- Praying with Jesus and Faustina during Lent and in Times of Suffering
- Meditations on the Passion and the Way of the Cross with St. Faustina
- Taking Refuge in the Wounds of Jesus
- Uniting Our Sufferings with Our Lady’s
- Litanies for Lent and in Times of Suffering
- Jesus and St. Faustina on Making a Good Confession
Of particular note is the Appendix. Included are an overview of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the promises of the chaplet, as well as a little gem. A Novena to the Divine Mercy for the Conversion of the World is perhaps one of the most needed novenas of our time. We are living during a time of darkness. We simply cannot deny that. It’s all around us and it’s pressing in. What the world needs right now is the promise of Divine Mercy. We as Catholics MUST become Divine Mercy warriors with one objective in mind: Saving our world from the clutches of Satan and his minions.
I have been on a quest to find resources that can help us do just that. Many choices have come from the late 1800s to early 1900s. There is just something about these classic books from what seems another age. Susan Tassone is rooted in the truths taught back then. I’d encourage you to make her latest book a part of your Lenten devotional journey. Not only can it change you, but it may just help change the world.
Pete Socks: One of the things I really liked about the book was something that was tucked away in an Appendix of the book and that is The Novena to the Divine Mercy for the Conversion of the World. Now, I’m sure that when you were compiling this book, our current situation in this country was the furthest thing from your mind. I’m sure no one imagined we’d be where we are today. So what are your thoughts on the current situation? And how can devotion to Divine Mercy help?
Susan Tassone: Well, you know, our country is roiling in anger. It’s, you know, it’s a mess. And so, what does Jesus want to tell us? He wants to remind us of His mercy and His love. And he told us that his greatest attributes were his word, His love and His mercy.
First of all, be merciful to yourself, and be merciful to others, to exercise mercy, to forgive yourself and others, to share disagreements without becoming disagreeable, and to turn to Divine Mercy, for advice and comfort. That’s what I think, the messages were for St. Faustina. And in her day, it applies to us now, more than ever. It’s a reminder. He wants to tell us that He loves us. And that’s number one, in all the books and the whole diary, that He created you, He suffered for you and He died for you, that you’re His beloved, you have a mission to feel fulfilled like no one else, and no one will ever be able to fulfill your mission, ever. There’s only you, there’s only one you, there will never be another one like you.
Also, we’re not alone. He’s with us. Be at peace, do not fear death, go to Confession, do His will because that’s the way out of purgatory. Say the Chaplet and receive Holy Communion frequently. Adore and sacrifice and fast, and fast in ways you know.
These things that He said, these practices and our sufferings, that will help Him rescue souls. He said there’s one price by which a soul is bought and that is suffering united to His suffering. And He says to join in these prayers, these litanies, these novenas. In fact, that novena is a novena for the world. Every group is covered in that novena. That novena is supposed to be prayed all year round.
He wants us to join those prayers, our fasting, our labors, our sufferings, our mortifications with His because, He said, “they will have power before my Father.” He said, help me save souls, join these sufferings to my passion and offer them to the Father. And he said, your suffering will become a source of your sanctification.
By Pete Socks, Special to The WItness