Posted by: Thomas Richard | April 5, 2010

Lukewarm Souls and the Divine Mercy Novena

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.   He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent….

The powerful Ninth Day of the Novena, and its prayer for the lukewarm, has this:

Ninth Day

Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.”

Our Prayer:

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy.   Amen.

reference: The Divine Mercy Novena


  1. Dear Thomas,

    Thank you for your new entry, on this Easter Monday. Just as Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection and spoke His Peace into their hearts, so He continues to speak to all of us through His Divine Mercy.

    Thanks for including the entire Novena in your reference at the end of the prayer for the final day of this novena which ends on the great Feast of Divine Mercy – now celebrated universally throughout the Catholic Church on the first Sunday after Easter.

    While there is physical life in any person, no matter how “lukewarm”, there remains the open wound in the Compassionate Heart of Jesus for each one. Just as He forgave the first disciples who deserted Him, He offers His Love to all. May we pray this Novena with hearts that burn with His Love.

    May we gather with Him all those who are scattered in mind and heart, body and soul, may we draw closer to Him that we may burn with His Love for all in most need of His Mercy. “O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.”

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