“REMOTE-VIEWING” JESUS??? Seeing Heaven through Divine Mercy–UPDATED FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

The Painting of Divine Mercy by Adolf Hyla. Th...
The Painting of Divine Mercy by Adolf Hyla. The phrase at the bottom is Polish for "Jesus I trust in you." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DISCLAIMER:  This post is in NO way meant to endorse the New Age belief of “remote viewing.” I merely use it as an example of what prayer can do in our lives if we let it. Read on…

One of the many supposedly psychic phenomena quite in vogue today is the concept of “remote viewing.” The idea is, with certain mind control techniques carefully (and expensively, I might add) taught, one could learn to potentially see into the past, the future, and to view other parts of the world in present tense besides.  For example you might live in Idaho and see your mother in Oklahoma doing her laundry, cooking dinner—or robbing the local bank, depending on your mother’s particular moral character obviously!

If remote viewing actually worked with any kind of consistency, it would likely be taught in all of our schools from kindergarten to post-grad, certainly to government intelligence agents on every level, and issues or questions such as “where is that darn gold hidden” or “when is the next terrorist attack” could actually become things of the past.  The TSA screenings we argue so much about too would be eliminated, because the machines would no longer be needed to discover illegal substances or items being secretly whisked into airplanes. One might also shudder a bit when realizing how little good it would do to get dressed, even modestly, in the morning, since nothing would be virtually “hidden” to those adept at these techniques. For some of us that prospect alone is nearly as frightening as a terrorist or two. Tracking back to the original point, however…

Aside from being unrestricted geographically, it has become yet another form of divination (foretelling the future) or ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), and those who claim to have this working in their lives often attempt to predict events as well as describe past ones which they have no normal access to.  In other words it is seemingly omnipresent and works outside of the element of time. Starting to sound familiar?

Saint Faustina Polski: Św. Faustyna Kowalska
Saint Faustina Polski: Św. Faustyna Kowalska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well I am here to tell you that it works—but in ways that you may never have thought of.  A wonderful gift was given to the Church in this last century by a now-canonized Saint—Sister Faustina Kowalska of Poland.  Besides actually having such experiences that actually did take her out of the limited realms of time and space, at times seeing Jesus on the Cross and other times in His glorified state, just for starters, and living to tell about it and write down her experiences with the help of a godly priest who was her spiritual director, she was given from Jesus a set of prayers now called the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy Shrine
Divine Mercy Shrine (Photo credit: justDONQUE.images)

What I love about this prayer is that it is a wonderful gateway to the Holy Rosary, a long-held Tradition in the Church for over 1000 years and counting.  It is prayed in fact on ordinary rosary beads, and, other than one initial “Hail Mary” at the beginning, is totally and directly centered on the Passion of Christ.  Because of its simplicity, it can easily be learned by anyone, and because of its potential depth, it can keep a person occupied for many hours if so desired.  The Marians of the Immaculate Conception (MIC), a Catholic religious order who are the keepers of this Apostolate and who established the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy here in the United States, have given clear instructions on how to pray this prayer on their website, so rather than repeating those here I will refer you to a link which gives the “nuts and bolts (or “crucifix, beads and chains” if you prefer!) of the method used to pray this Eucharist—inspired set of prayers. The link is directly below:

http://thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php

The chaplet is often recited on beads as a ros...
The chaplet is often recited on beads as a rosary-based prayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AND here are some videos of this beautiful prayer as seen on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network):

SPECIAL NOTE: Although the first video below is labeled as “part 3” please watch it before viewing parts 1 and 2 as it is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL explanation of the DIVINE MERCY (starting at around 1:00 and onward). Then observe the actual CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY–and pray along if you like, with parts 1 and 2.

Finally come back to the very beginning of “part 3” for the last-minute of the actual Chaplet prayer, directly before the explanation just mentioned. For some reason the YouTube provider did these slightly out-of-order but it is all still there. Make sense? Hey I never said “remote viewing” was perfect…

AND for another version of this lovely prayer, also via EWTN, watch below:

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AND FINALLY IN THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF THE CHURCH (LATIN)–Breathtaking I must add!

But I would take this discussion one or perhaps two steps further.  Because of its direct centeredness on the Passion and Cross, it can be in good conscience prayed by any Christian, Catholic or Protestant, and is thus a prayer of amazing unity with the entire Christian world each time it is uttered with sincerity.  If you have the slightest discomfort in praying the one Hail Mary, you might easily substitute it with a simple prayer to the Trinity such as the “Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit” instead.  The prayer will go to the same place, and I promise you that the Blessed Mother will not be offended.

As to how this fits with “remote viewing,” there is but one earthly event that took place—ever—beyond the realms of time and space and yet within them at the very same time.  That of course was the sacrifice of Jesus our Lord on the ripped and rugged cross of Calvary.  In the Divine Mercy chaplet, most of the prayer time spent is invoking that very sacrifice for the good of your loved ones and the souls of the entire world. The Chaplet can be prayed for the salvation of souls in general, for any given individual who comes to mind on each bead, for the dying, or just as a worshipful act of adoration to God for His Holy Sacrifice for you and me.  And if you are one of those concerned with “vain repetitions” fear not.  Every time you go to Mass or other worship services you in reality repeat many prayers, whether during worship choruses, times of individual prayer where you simply say again the name “Jesus” softly or loudly, and even when you utter an “Amen.”  All or most of these are repeated numerous times at most Christian churches every Sunday and most Wednesday nights. It is not the repetition that is vain—it becomes vanity only when done with half-heartedness or while holding sin within your heart. And I guarantee that it is at least difficult to meditate on the Lord and His Passion, Death, and Resurrection while hanging on to wrongdoing.  So the simple cadence of repetition on each bead, “For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world,” brings you to Calvary and Calvary to you.  No time, space, or other barriers in sight.  Literal remote viewing of His gift of salvation and invoking the Mercy from His Throne in Glory for those you love and care for.  Powerful words and a potent prayer which connects us with eternity.

You might not have specific requests to offer God at the moment when you are praying the Chaplet and that too is okay. The very act of meditating on what Jesus did for each of humankind has the strong tendency to move us into an unexpected level of praise and thanksgiving—and bring equally unexpected answers to hitherto unplanned entreaties in the process. One MIC priest, Father Donald Calloway, who has done both extensive writing and produced CDs/DVDs on the topic of this devotion, has suggested that we take each “decade” (each set of 10 beads) and use it to imagine ourselves literally inside one of Christ’s five wounds.  Obviously to do this you may need to slow it down a bit. Think of yourself literally in His wounded but healed hand, kissing and anointing His beautiful feet like the woman of old, or similar to St Thomas placing your fingers into the huge but healed wound on His holy side.  Like Thomas you may find yourself saying, “My Lord and My God.”  And again, note that you can, outside of time and space, vicariously experience some aspect of His earthly life as well as his Resurrection and even possibly peer towards His Glorified Body in heaven with Isaiah or maybe St John while he experienced his Revelation of that which “was, is, and is to be.”

http://www.fathercalloway.com/

We hear much today about the concept of Eucharistic Adoration, an ancient and time-tested form of worship which to be sure has had a Renaissance in the last 20 years or so.  The notion is both simple and profound in that you sit, or kneel, in front of a consecrated (blessed by a Catholic or Orthodox priest) Host of the Holy Eucharist and adore the Jesus who shows Himself to you through it.  But you may not be able to do this for one reason or another, perhaps due to time constraints, or possibly you are not sure of the validity of this practice.  No worries—the Chaplet allows you to do so in a spiritual way without the deadly fear some non-Catholic Christians may have of “bread worship.” The purpose of both is identical—to adore, implore, and store in one’s heart the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ the Lord within us. The Chaplet allows you to do so remotely, though, and connects you with every other person in the entire world at any given moment who is also worshipping Jesus in this manner.

“Remote viewing” is alive and well—and exists within the Catholic Church (and beyond) and a simple set of rosary beads as divine binoculars.  Why not try using them and see how far into heaven you can glimpse? I promise Jesus will NOT be “remote.” You will see Him clearly.

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13 thoughts on ““REMOTE-VIEWING” JESUS??? Seeing Heaven through Divine Mercy–UPDATED FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

  1. Rev. A. Edward Moch D.D.

    Though I do not dismiss good old fashion prayer, the process of what we call “Remote Vewing”, does he ancient religious origins. Many a true sage, phopf

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    1. Rev. A. Edward Moch D.D.

      In my opinion… I know that “Jesus The Christ” had some form of Remote Viewig ability… somehow move divine than we can imagine.

      Rev. A. Edward Moch D.D.
      Psychical Analyst-Consultant
      Pioneer Remote Viewer

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      1. catholicboyrichard

        I would give credit to the Holy Spirit and say that what Jesus did was what He claimed it was, a gift from the Father through the Spirit.

        The post in any case was not meant to be particularly about the plusses or minusses of remote viewing. It was more meant to be a starting off point to take people deeper into Christ. Thanks for replying!

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      2. catholicboyrichard

        I would agree in a certain manner to your point. In Catholic theology, we teach that Jesus at all times carried the “Beatific Vision” within His Divine Nature while on earth but not in His human nature…He always saw the throne of His Father and the Heavenly Glory even while walking this planet as a human. This is because we believe he was “consubstantial” or of one essence or being with the Father and the Holy Spirit–the Triune God is one and could never be truly separated. His human nature, however, did not possess this power in and of itself. Neither does ours.

        The irony then is that Jesus simultaneously possessed all knowledge on one level and yet had to learn and mature as a child as He was growing up and becoming an adult for instance. So any gifts that may have seemed to be similar to “remote viewing” as it is now studied then came from a source outside of His humanity–if He “saw” something through His human nature that was beyond the norm, such as information about the woman who touched His garment and was healed even though He did not see her do so, it was strictly due to the revelation of the Holy Spirit and not through some abilities He developed on his own. He was God the Son and yet emptied Himself of using that power while doing His earthly miracles. It is an irony to say the least.

        So, to answer theologically, yes, Jesus (and we as well) have the potential to see “beyond ourselves” at times and there are certainly documented cases of this even in our day and age. But those are not “natural”–they are either from God or satan. The mother who wakes up in the night to pray for her child across the country or world, later to find out he or she was in mortal danger at that moment, was awakened by God to do so, in other words. But I think we get into danger by trying to develop this as some type of natural skill on our own or to seek it as an end in itself. We can too easily become our own “gods” that way and end up misusing our spirituality without giving proper glory to God as giver of those rare instances. Psychic power is not to be sought for its own sake.

        I am sure your view is different on this but that to me is both reasonable and theologically sound–and it is what the Church teaches. What we do not want is a counterfeit gift that seems to be from God but is not, and is either from ourselves or from demonic spirits. The only safe approach then is to submit all such gifts to the Lord and the Church and that is where the power of prayer truly comes in.

        I hope that makes sense.

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      3. Rev. A. Edward Moch D.D.

        I think we are not too far off, just in some of our interperation. In the Divine Mercy Apparition of 1962, I met the elder of the two young boys that saw The CHRIST apparition, and he said things that were humanly impossible to have known when this happened to him at The Church of Our Lady of Mer y in The Bronx. This Apparition happen on Holy Church grounds, such as what happen to ST. Falstina in her convent cell on Holy Church

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        grounds. The question of RV is that there is a varient in every

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      4. catholicboyrichard

        THe biggest difference here is that the Church has approved officially the private revelations of St Faustina–that is to say we are free to believe in them as Roman Catholics, but I do not believe such approval exists in the alleged apparition you mention. I am not comfortable promoting it at this point until such approval. It may very weill have some truth in it–I do not know. Again this entire article was based upon “psychic” phenomena which we do NOT promote as a Church, and it was simply used as a starting point to show all of us the need for the Divine Mercy and that, in the sense of prayer and closeness to Jesus, it was a bit like “remote viewing” of Him in heaven. It was not meant to turn into a discussion of individual cases or RV and their validity or merits or not. Obviously the Holy Spirit can reveal anything to anyone He wishes. But that was my point, not a discussion on “remote viewing” itself. Thanks.

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  2. My wife and I are praying the Chaplet novena all this week up until Divine Mercy Sunday. It is humbling, healing and liberating. How great and merciful the Lord is!

    I’m blessed to have found you.

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    1. catholicboyrichard

      Thanks so much Teresa for saying so! God bless you both and all the wonderful things you share as well. God bless!

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  3. Excellent post, Catholicboyrichard!! Huh? Never heard of “remote viewing” before now. I love your description of it and explanation of how Catholics have employed this. I first learned the Divine Mercy Chaplet at Franciscan University. While I attended college at FUS I got to know a priest named Father Joe Roesch, MIC. While I was staying at the dorm he was my spiritual adviser. He has narrated some of the Divine Mercy videos. Father Calloway looks familiar. I may have met him at one time or another. Will check out his site further.

    It is via Franciscan that I had the magnanimous opportunity to attend and help out with two Divine Mercy weekends to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA two years in a row, and one of those was the year that Saint Faustina was canonized. Saint Faustina holds a very special place in my heart. I would love to make a trip back there one day in the near future. Thank you for posting this. God Bless.

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    1. catholicboyrichard

      I have of course seen Father Roesch on EWTN several times, but envy your visits to Stockbridge, one day I must take a pilgimage there. And thank you for re-blogging my post! Blessings to you both and especially this Divine Mercy Sunday!

      St Faustina was one of the first “new saints” I was introduced to since returning to Rome in 2005. The Chaplet seemed vaguely familiar, but I was not sure why. But when I was in high school choir, we sang a song (back when the ACLU was not so active!) that included the ending prayer “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.” After doing some digging I found out that this part of the Chaplet was indeed part of an older Polish or German hymn–not sure which, but I had actually learned that part of the Chaplet from a secular school choir in the 1970s! Amazing.

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    2. catholicboyrichard

      Do check out Father Calloway–his is one amazing testimony…he was the child all parents dread, in trouble with school, drugs, and, should he take off his clerical garb you would see a full back covering Grateful Dead permanent tattoo! We have to take his word on that one. He has written a book as well as being the Vocations director in Steubenville for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. He also lives around a block from my confirmation co-sponsor Chris Padgett. Definitely worth looking at his site and getting his materials on Mary as well as the Divine Mercy. He also did a recorded Chaplet that combines the Stations of the Cross with the Divine Mercy, with a wonderful singer/songwriter and author Mark Mallett. Both of these men have influenced my life for the better very often. Oh links…http://www.fathercalloway.com/ and Mark’s is on my blogroll. Worth your time or anyone’s who may read this. Many blessings!

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