I have finally met a blogger who, like me, sees the number 1:11 (or111) and 11:11 all the time. At least she is the first one to leave me a comment about it. By now, most of you have probably heard of the 11:11 phenomenon that has swept throughout the world. (Well, if I'm insane - at least I have plenty of company!) This phenomenon is happening to millions around the globe. If you google 11:11 or meaning of 1111 you can find millions of pages on this. Just watch out for the New Age pages, there are plenty of good Christian sites on this phenomenon. Michael Brown at Spirit Daily has numerous articles on 11:11 and 333, just go to the archives and punch in the numbers on the search engine. Today, I decided to write a bit more on 333, I wrote a bit about 1:11 and 11:11 before, also: http://openingthefloodgatesofmercy.blogspot.com/2009/09/eleventh-hour.html
For those who see these numbers all the time (along with 777 and 911) , we know it's far beyond coincidence and reaches into the realm of God-incidence. Every day, many times, I see these numbers, sometimes miraculously. 333 was the first number that started this - it began shortly after my conversion when the Lord began to wake me up at 3:33 each night and draw me into prayer. Throughout the day my attention would be drawn to this number. Basically, I think 333 means: pray, pray, pray. It is the symbol of the Trinity and a call to the prayer warriors. Many people pray the Mercy Chaplet between 3:00 and 4:00, this is mercy hour. I often pray this during the day between these times. The other week I was on a site and the ticker flashed to 333 and then back to the original number. The oddest thing is that this was a "Lost" (the show) ticker. I didn't miss the significance of the word "Lost" and the prayer call because I pray for lost souls when the Lord wakes me up at 3:33. The site I was on is a wonderful Catholic site and many of you have probably been on it. This is the 2nd odd thing that has happened to me concerning this site. The other was a song that began playing through my head while in some driving trouble one day. The story is here:http://openingthefloodgatesofmercy.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-family-goes-to-beach-for-few-weeks.html. Clocks in my house often stop at 3:33. The other day I got into my mom's car and the thermometer in it went to 33.3. (My dad loves gadgets and I have another story concerning one of his gadgets that I'll have to write about sometime :) ) This has happened to us so many times that we have lost count. I say "us" because this also happens to my mom, my dad, my husband and a few friends. It's amazing how many phone calls I get at 3:33 (my mom, too). Or how many receipts I get with $3.33 or $1.11. License plates, clocks, computers, phones - the list goes on and on. This is part of the reason I use the name Mary333 on my posts. The other reason is on page 333 of The Diary of St. Faustina:
"Write down these words my daughter.Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign of the endtimes; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them."
I was one of these souls that profited from the Divine Mercy. The Lord in His Grace made the unseen visible to me and brought me into the presence of this mercy where the rays emanating from His Heart pierced my soul and healed me. I speak the truth. God is my witness to this and I don't take those words lightly. Why was I chosen to receive this grace? Only God knows, but it is sinners that need His mercy so much, so it is likely that He decided to choose someone with two feet in hell to show the transforming power of His grace to others. What would be the point of choosing someone good? I was drowning in sin and the Lord heard my cry. If not for this great grace I probably would have ended up in hell one day...for I was well on my way.
No wonder I love praying the Mercy Chaplet.