Last spring, I ran a story about James Mark’s book “The Divine Mercy Chaplet: A Deep Meditation.”

The Braidwood man had become devoted to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy after reading “Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul” back in the early 200s.

It’s this book I’ll be reviewing this Tuesday in the free LocalLit newsletter.

In the book’s Amazon description, Mark writes: “Jesus asks us to meditate on his sorrowful passion, not just to robotically say words. So I tried to put meditative thoughts to go with the prayer, not to be read daily but to be a fertile resource for helping us to meditate on Jesus’ sorrowful passion for both the chaplet and the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.”

Mark wrote his own book because he had trouble finding a good mediation companion book for the chaplet.

“The meditations are right out of the Bible,” Mark said in last year’s Herald-News story. “And I follow the pattern of the sorrowful mysteries [of the rosary].”

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