On November 13-16, Sr. Zacheusza and Sr. Maria Faustyna from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will host a retreat on Divine Mercy in the parish of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr in Niechorze (Diocese of Szczecin-Kamień). They will be preparing the faithful for the adoption of the relics of St. Faustina, Apostle of Divine Mercy, and to follow her way towards God, which passes through the pursuit of childlike trust in God and doing mercy in our daily lives relative to the others.
An exhibition under this title was organized by the Polish embassy in Madrid, Spain, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the restored Polish independence. Among the Polish women who changed the world honored by the exhibition, there is St. Faustina Kowalska. A lecture about her was provided in Madrid on this occasion by Fr. Marek Raczkiewicz, a professor at the Comillas University. A conference also took place in the historic city hall and was attended by Manuela Carmena, the mayor of Madrid, along with many members of the diplomacy (including the ambassadors of Germany, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Andorra, Malta, Macedonia and Hungary), representatives of the city and regional authorities and members of the local Polish diaspora. The speakers presented the silhouettes of seven outstanding Polish women: St. Faustina, Marie Curie-Skłodowska, Wisława Szymborska, Irena Sendler, Sofia Casanova Lutosławska, Wanda Rutkiewicz and Krystyna Skarbek.
The Museum of Doomed Soldiers and Political Prisoners of the People’s Republic in Warsaw at ul. Rakowiecka will be exhibiting the painting of St. Therese of the Child Jesus by Fr. Władysław Gurgacz, donated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Father Gurgacz during WWII stayed in the House of the Congregation in Walendów and in gratitude he provided the sisters with this image of St. Therese he painted. After the War he was a chaplain of the “doomed”, and a participant of the anti-Communist underground. In 1949 he was arrested and after a show trial before the military district court in Krakow he was sentenced to death by firing squad. The painting adorned the hall at the Walendów convent for several years, and now you can see it at the Museum of Doomed Soldiers.
Sister Faustina wrote in her Diary: My beloved native land, Poland, if you only knew how many sacrifices and prayers I offer to God for you! (Diary, 1038) and There is no day in which I do not pray for you (Diary, 1188). And when she begged Jesus for a blessing for Poland, He said to her: For your sake I bless the entire country (Diary, 39) and For your sake I am blessing the earth (Diary, 980, 1078). Another time, He said: For your sake I bless the world (Diary, 1061). Now, when she has a greater ability to act, she has not ceased her intercession in Heaven. May she today, in the light of the mystery of God’s Mercy, show the modern generations the treasure which is our Homeland with all its heritage, and may she support all our people in their efforts for the common good and moral rebirth of Poles, so that they confidently turn to God in Whom the world finds peace and human beings find happiness.
On November 9-11, at the Parish of St. Nicholas in Pichorowice, in the Diocese of Swidnica , a retreat on Divine Mercy will take place. It will be hosted by Sr. Zacheusza and Sr. Maria Faustina of the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. They will be preparing the faithful for the adoption of the relics of St. Faustina and to benefit from her school of spirituality, based on knowledge of the mystery of Mercy and its contemplation in everyday life and on the paths of trust in God and the provision of mercy to others.
On November 10-11, at the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington, D.C., a retreat for women will take place under the motto of “The Wild Retreat” inspired by the words of the Gospel of John 3, 8: “The wind blows where he wills, and listeth, but you’re not sure where it comes from and where he goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit”. The event will be attended by about 350 women from different cities, mainly from the eastern coast of the United States. The program includes: Holy Mass, lectures from sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, Adoration, confession and time for personal reflection.
On November 7-11, in Krakow, the 1st International Congress of Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism will be held. The participants expected include ca. 100 tour operators, religious tourism organizers, bishops, priests, diocesan coordinators and NGO leaders, including the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy as the partners of the event. The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kralow-Łagiewniki will be represented by Sr. M. Vianneya Dabrowska, O.L.M. The purpose of the Congress is not only to exchange business contacts among the participants but primarily to promote Krakow and Malopolska in the international arena and to strengthen the importance of religious tourism in the context of the global tourism industry. The participants of the Congress will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and the Shrine of St. John Paul II in Białe Morza, among others. The Congress is organized by the Ernesto Travel tourist office, and the honorary patronage over the event is held by the Metropolitan of Krakow, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski and Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz.
Sister Faustina put this question to her deceased sisters while walking by the convent’s cemetery in Krakow-Łagiewniki. She received the following answer: We are happy in the measure that we have fulfilled God’s will (Diary, 515 and 518). Afterwards, the Saint meditated at length on how she was fulfilling the will of God and how she was using the time of her earthly life. This is something to think about when we visit the graves of our loved ones at this time of the year. Every cemetery contains unusual life stories of many people and at the same time it reminds us of the transience of human life, provoking thoughts on its meaning and purpose. Through the life of St. Faustina and her mystical experience, God, who wants happiness for every human being in both this and eternal life, reminds us in a powerful way where happiness lies and how to achieve it.
On November 10 (Saturday), a monthly meeting of the Sychar community at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will take place. At 5 p.m., in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the intention of married couples who are experiencing problems and are in danger of falling apart, followed by a meeting in the “Faustinum” hall. In this intention – of married couples in crisis – the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy hold daily Rosary prayer at 8.30 pm at the Łagiewniki Shrine.
The “Woman is Divine” community and Fr. Andrzej Wiecki – its spiritual director and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 November at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.kobietajestboska.pl