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The Divine Mercy Chaplet
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My name is James Mark. I am the author of the "Divine Mercy Chaplet - a Deep Meditation." I am 72 years old. My wife and I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren (one by adoption and one through marriage). I now live in a small rural town about 20 miles south of Joliet, Illinois. I attended high school and first year college in the Chicago Diocese's minor seminary. I left the seminary and graduated from Blackburn College in rural southern Illinois. After graduation I spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Malaysia on the Island of Borneo. My Peace Corps training was in Hawaii for three months. There I learned the Malay language, customs and about tuberculosis, a very common and deadly disease in Malaysia at that time. When I finally arrived in Malaysia I worked in hospitals and clinics. I worked in the lab identifying samples that may contain the tuberculosis germ or not. Later I went out into the field and helped vaccinate children against the disease. The cure for tuberculosis at that time required taking 3 medications for two years. Many times, people would not come to the clinic to get their monthly supply of meds, so I would drive on my motorcycle to the kampongs to make sure they had their meds. One time at the local school the science teacher had to leave so I filled in for about a month as well as doing my duties in the clinic. When I returned to America, I attended Illinois State University where I earned a master's degree in Special Education. It was also where I met my wife, Donna. I taught in Sp.Ed. classrooms for 27 years before retiring. After retiring from teaching I started a small lawn mowing business and helped out at my local parish, Immaculate Conception. There I am a teacher of religious education, lector, Eucharistic Minister, and help with general maintenance of the parish from time to time. A friend of mine gave me a book to read, "The Diary of St. Faustina." I was profoundly touched by it. Two ideas from the booked pulsed in my thoughts from that book. The first was that Jesus strongly desires that we meditate on the wounds of His Sorrowful Passion, and second, that when we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with or for a person who is in the process of dying He stand as the Mediator of His Divine Mercy and not as Just Judge, and that person will die peacefully. So, I acted. I wrote a meditation on His painful based on the current research of the horrifyingly painful death it is and presenting it scripturally in the context of the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer. Then I joined a Joliet Area Community Hospice. I have since experienced the reality of Jesus' promises.

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