A sacramental is a sacred sign that signifies effects obtained through the Church’s intercession…
While all of the seven Sacraments are Christ-instituted and always do exactly what they signify ex opere operato (“from the deed done”), sacramentals are usually Church-instituted (though some are Christ-instituted).
They work through the power and prayers of the Church (ex opere operantis Ecclesiae) and, subjectively, ex opere operantis, that is, through the pious disposition of the one using them. Sacramentals drive away evil spirit, and when piously used, remit venial sin and prepare the soul for grace.
Sacramentals do not confer the grace of the Holy Spirit in the way that the sacraments do, but by the Church’s prayer, they prepare us to receive grace and dispose us to cooperate with it. “For well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramentals sanctifies almost every event of their lives with the divine grace which flows from the Paschal mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. There is scarcely any proper use of material things which cannot be thus directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God.”
The Knights of Divine Mercy have as their charism a call to be spiritual warriors and unafraid to confront forces contrary to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They understand that this is impossible under their own power and are, therefore, dependant fully on the power of God. Knights seek God’s power and protection by doing all they can to remain in a state of grace by frequent reception of the Sacraments, strong habits of prayer and acts of Christian charity, and they take full advantage of the Church’s bountiful treasury found so abundantly in her sacramentals.
The list below describes the contents of the Battle Pack given to each man who chooses to enter fully into their quest for holiness by being dubbed a Knight of Divine Mercy.
Knights of Divine Mercy Crest (Shield Lapel Pin)
The distinctive “Cross of St. George” (red cross on white background) links the spiritual warriors of today with the original crusaders, who displayed this symbol as they went into battle to reclaim surrendered holy ground. The blue “M” in the 4th quadrant of the KDM crest was inspired by Pope John Paul II’s crest, as he honored Mary with his famous, “Totus Tuus” (Totally Yours). The Knights of Divine Mercy desire to have Our Lady go before us in our spiritual battles, since it is Mary who crushes the head of the serpent.
Brown (Crusader or Athlete’s) Scapular
The Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (the most popular of scapulars) became a special sign of dedication to Our Lady. According to tradition, in the 13th century Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, Father General of the Carmelite Order and stated the following: “Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire…it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, a pledge of peace and of covenant.”
Handbook of Prayers
This beautiful prayer book is compact enough to carry everywhere and comprehensive enough to give you inspiration and uplift in almost every conceivable situation! It contains the complete Latin and English texts of nearly six hundred prayers, including basic prayers, prayers for different times of day, devotions to Our Lord and Our Lady, prayers for the dead, and blessings — plus the order of Mass, an illuminating section that gives you practical guidance on how to become a better Christian, the Rosary, and much more.
Pieta Prayer Booklet
The Pieta Prayer Book is one of the greatest prayer books of all time! Over 6 million sold. Consists of the 15 St. Bridget prayers, novenas, litanies, and numerous traditional prayers, devotions, and chaplets. The Pieta prayer book is loved and prayed daily by millions of people around the word.
The Magnificat magazine is a beautiful monthly that celebrates the Catholic faith featuring the complete readings for Mass on Sundays and every weekday; daily saints’ lives and meditations on the Gospel by the Church’s greatest minds, past and present. This is a perfect tool for praying Lectio Divina.
Handbook of Divine Mercy Devotion
This devotional entitled, “Will You Help Me?”, is filled with nearly every devotion to Divine Mercy.
Breaking Free: 12 Steps to Sexual Purity for Men
This booklet is a must read for all men desiring sexual purity, need help overcoming an addiction to porn, or want to prevent such an addiction.
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth
Put out by Catholic Answers, it is packed with information about the Catholic Church and God’s plan for us. Plus, its convenient size and special pricing make it perfect to carry with you and give to others as you share your faith with them.
The Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet (audio CD)
America’s #1 Rosary recording is perfect for every day use and a great tool for learning the Rosary. Includes the new Luminous Mysteries, Common Catholic Prayers, the History of the Rosary, and “The Truth About Mary” by Patrick Madrid and Marcus Grodi. The ideal gift for family, friends, or parish.
Divine Mercy Metal Rosary
A special masculine, “metal” rosary of silver-oxidized beads, engraved with the Divine Mercy image on the front, and “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU” on the back.
St. Michael Chaplet Rosary
The Chaplet of St. Michael is a wonderful way to honor this great Archangel along with the other nine Choirs of Angels. What do we mean by Choirs? It seems that God has created various orders of Angels. Sacred Scripture distinguishes nine such groupings: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Isa. 6:2; Gen. 3:24; Col. 1:6; Eph. 1:21; Rom. 8:38).
The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d’Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.
Six Miraculous Medals
The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal created by Saint Catherine Labouré following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many Catholics around the world (and some non-Catholics) wear the Miraculous Medal, which they believe will bring them special graces through the intercession of Mary if worn with faith and devotion. KDMS have the Miraculous Medal added to their Brown Scapular. St. Maximilian Kolbe referred to them as silver bullets against the power of evil, so we supply our men with a “six shooter” of miraculous medals.
Monk Rope Bracelet
Recalling how many of the very first knights were joined to monastic orders, a KDM may wear a small rope worn around his wrist with three knots to remind him of his commitment to a layman’s degree of poverty, chastity and obedience.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: “From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value.” Holy water is a means of spiritual wealth — a sacramental that remits venial sin. The Church strongly urges its use, especially when dangers threaten. The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.
As a Catholic sacramental, salt blessed by the liturgical prayer of a priest may be used by itself or mixed with holy water (reminiscent of Elisha’s miracle). In whichever form, it is intended to be an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, and demonic influence.