St. John Paul II believed the Divine Mercy devotion would be the spark that would prepare the world for Jesus' final coming.
When visiting the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Poland, St. John Paul II desired that the whole world be enveloped by the Divine Mercy of God.
This would be his final pilgrimage to Poland, and he spoke of his belief that the Divine Mercy devotion will pave the way for Jesus’ final coming.
Today, therefore, in this Shine, I wish solemnly to entrust the world to Divine Mercy. I do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love, proclaimed here through Saint Faustina, may be made known to all the peoples of the earth and fill their hearts with hope. May this message radiate from this place to our beloved homeland and throughout the world. May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled: from here there must go forth “the spark which will prepare the world for his final coming” (cf. Diary, 1732).This fire of mercy needs to be passed on to the world. In the mercy of God the world will find peace and mankind will find happiness!
He concluded his visit with a special act of entrustment with the following prayer, which many continue to use as a daily prayer, giving to God the world and its many problems.
God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.
Bend down to us sinners,
heal our weakness,
conquer all evil,
and grant that all the peoples of the earth
may experience your mercy.
In You, the Triune God,
may they ever find the source of hope.
by the Passion and Resurrection of your Son,
have mercy on us and upon the whole world!