On the outside it looks just like any medicine box, with the contents clearly printed on it: 59 intracordial pellets. Inside there is a Rosary, an image of the merciful Christ with a caption that reads: “Jesus I trust in you”, plus the usual instruction leaflet that comes with medicines. This is what “Misericordina” is, the medicine kit Francis spoke about at today’s Angelus. Thousands of boxes of this “spiritual medicine” were handed out to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.
It is a special medicine to realize the fruits of the Year of Faith, which is drawing to a close … it is a spiritual medicine. Do not forget to take it, because it does us good: the heart, the soul, our whole life!” the Pope said.
Today’s initiative was inspired by the Rosary distributed by St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun and mystic who was canonized by John Paul II in 2000. “It is a spiritual medicine called Misericordina . It is kept in a box, which some volunteers will distribute as you leave the square. Take it: it is a Rosary, with which you can pray the ‘chaplet of Divine Mercy ‘, pearl of our soul and spiritual help to spread love, forgiveness and brotherhood everywhere. Do not forget to take it, because it does us good: the heart, the soul, our whole life!” The efficiency of the medicine is guaranteed by Jesus’ words.
The Pope outlined some situations in which the medicine should be taken: “When we want sinners to convert”, when “we feel we need help in taking a difficult decision,” or when we do not feel strong enough to resist temptation, when we are not able to forgive someone or “we want to ask for mercy for a dying person.”