The main prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet is addressed to God the Father. It is guaranteed to be answered favorably because Jesus himself gave us this simple way of approaching God. He knows that the way to touch the Father’s heart is to come to him in the name of his only Son, reminding him of the great sacrificial love of the Crucified One.
Only the Father truly plumbs the full depth of Jesus’ sufferings of mind, heart, soul and body, the great love with which he willingly endured those torments that won complete pardon and remission of all sin of all time.
It was the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit who planned the entire work of Redemption. They certainly knew all that it entailed, so when we ask for mercy “for the sake of his Sorrowful Passion,” mercy will always be given. The greatest desire of God’s heart is to pour out mercy unceasingly. He never refuses, he always pours out his mercy upon everyone who asks for it.
Do we deserve mercy? No! Jesus said nothing about deserving mercy. He simply said to ask for it, “for the sake of his Sorrowful Passion.” He has already paid the price. God will always, unfailingly grant mercy to anyone who asks. The Father never forgets the price Jesus paid for the salvation of each individual person. He does not need to be reminded of the painful sacrifice offered on the cross, but we do need to be reminded. We so easily become absorbed in our own selfish pursuits and lose sight of the terrible price paid to obtain true freedom for us, which is eternal happiness.
Jesus told St. Faustina, “There is no misery that could be a match for my mercy.” (Diary #1273) Most of us have a collection of miseries both large and small. Jesus is offering us a short-cut to peace of heart through trust in his mercy.
“For the sake of his Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” Those few words bring us into direct contact with the heart of the Father. Mercy immediately flows through the Holy Spirit into our hearts drawing us into closer union with Jesus, bringing us peace and helping to bring peace to the whole world.