Święta Faustyna w blasku Miłosierdzia (Saint Faustina. In the glow of Mercy) is the title of a new feature film about the Apostle of Divine Mercy, directed by Piotr Weychert. It is a fictionalized document that tells about the life of St. Faustina and the power of God’s Mercy in the words of witnesses about what has happened in the privacy of the convent more than 80 years ago, and about the fruits of her prophetic mission born today in the history of mankind, the Church and the world. The film was co-produced by Grupa Filmowa and the National Cultural Center. The film was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Orlen oil company, the Energa electricity provider and the “Poznaj Świat” magazine. The premiere is scheduled on October 17 in the Wisła cinema in Warsaw.
On 19 October, in the capital of Lower Silesia, EWTN Poland (Television Eternal Word) will be launching its first broadcast. The Polish branch of the world television founded by the Clarentine sister, Mother Angelica, will begin broadcasting, first on the Internet, and then also via satellite feed and cable networks. The daily broadcasting schedule will include the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki recited by sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. EWTN Poland will use the live video streaming from www.faustyna.pl.
On October 26-28, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a retreat for girls and young women will take place. The main theme of the event will be: “What should I do…?” from the Evangelical meeting of Jesus with the rich young man, who wants something more in his life, but is not able to make the right choice, because he fears he might lose something. The retreat will be provided by Fr. Mariusz Oldak and Sr. Greta Mizeracka who is responsible for the work of vocations in the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The program includes: Holy Mass, presentations, workshops, communal and personal prayer time and one-on-one consultations – all in an atmosphere of silence.
Peter and Judas. Two stories and God’s mercy, is the motto of the retreat for priests which will take place on 27-31 January 2019 at the Shrine in Krakow-Lagiewniki. It will be provided in the lectio divina dynamics by Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., a retreat leader, spiritual director, Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation in Krakow, lecturer in theology of spirituality. Lectures on the spirituality of St. Faustina (first and last day) will be given by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M., author of numerous publications on the life and mission of St. Faustina as the spiritual co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the atmosphere of wilderness and complete silence, prayerful contemplation of the Word of God, including the spiritual experience of St. Faustina, the participants of the retreat will be given an opportunity to explore and experience the mystery of God’s Mercy, to be able to proclaim it with power to the world, using the promise of Jesus recorded in the pages of the Diary of Sister Faustina. To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak (Diary, 1521). The retreat will be provided in Polish, without translation. Detailed information and registration at: www.faustinum.pl
Nieziemscy [Unearthy] is the title of the new album of Michał Niemiec, dedicated to Saints and Blessed. The album includes a hymn to St. Faustina with the words of St. John Paul II: “You, Faustina, a gift of God for our times”. In addition, prayers to other heavenly dwellers: St. Michael the Archangel, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist, St. Lawrence, St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Philip Neri, St. Andrzej Bobola and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. One of the tracks on album is the Polish Litany of the Saints, written on the occasion of 100 years anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. The honorary patronage over the publication, which was issued by the Salvator publishing company, was taken, among others, by Abp. Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow.
This is the title of the book with lectures conferences, papers and essays by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, published by the Misericordia book company on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of the Apostle of Divine Mercy in heaven. The content was presented at various congresses, theological symposia and all kinds of meetings in the last 10 years. Their subjects take up multiple motifs from a wealth of the spirituality Sister Faustina: exploring the mystery of the Mercy of God, the attitude of trust in God and mercy to one’s neighbors, prayer, sin, suffering, holiness, vocation to consecrated life, and the role of priests in the mission of proclaiming to the message of mercy to the world and the history of Divine Mercy veneration. The book is sold in stores at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in the online store at www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.
The beautiful tradition of celebrating rosary devotions in October is deeply ingrained in the religious life of the Church in Poland. The devotions are held in every church and in many chapels. In the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the devotion is celebrated in the Convent’s chapel with the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, every day at 07:00 pm and at 06:30 pm on Sundays, public holidays and the first Friday of the month. In order to pray the rosary in Krakow-Łagiewniki, you can also join in the on-line transmission. Rosary meditations in the spirit of the Divine Mercy and human mercy (including the writings of St. Faustina) are also available in our Misericordia store at the Łagiewniki Shrine and on our website: www.faustyna.pl
Another place of the revelations which took place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is the convent. Here, unusual meetings with the inhabitants of Heaven took place in bedrooms, the refectory, Mother Superior’s study, in the corridors or in the Congregation hall. The Lord Jesus communicated important information about the Message of Mercy with which He sent Sister Faustina to the world even in such mundane locations as a corridor leading to the convent’s kitchen. In mid-September 1936, Sister Faustina heard the great promise of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy here. Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you, Jesus said. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (Diary, 687).
In the convent, Sister Faustina had dozens of meetings with Jesus, the Blessed Virgin, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and souls suffering in purgatory. On 15 August 1937, in the Congregation Hall, when sisters were reciting the August 15, 1937 the Act of Her election as the Heavenly Superior General of the Congregation, St. Faustina saw the Virgin Mary and this is how she described the event: Towards the end of the ceremony carried out in honor of the Mother of God, I saw the Virgin Mary, and She said to me, ‘Oh, how very pleased I am with the homage of your love!’ And at that moment She covered all the sisters of the Congregation with Her mantle. With Her right hand, She clasped Mother General Michael to herself, and with Her left hand She did so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said, ‘Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory, and I desire that each one distinguish herself by the following virtues: humility and meekness; chastity and love of God and neighbor; compassion and mercy.’ After these words, the whole Congregation disappeared from my sight, and I remained alone with the Most Holy Mother who instructed me about the will of God and how to apply it to my life, submitting completely to His most holy decrees. It is impossible for one to please God without obeying His holy will. ‘My daughter, I strongly recommend that you faithfully fulfill all God’s wishes, for that is most pleasing in His holy eyes. ‘I very much desire that you distinguish yourself in this faithfulness in accomplishing God’s will.’ Put the will of God before all sacrifices and holocausts.’ While the heavenly Mother was talking to me, a deep understanding of this will of God was entering my soul (Diary, 1244. For more information, see Śladami objawień św.Siostry Faustyny w Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia w Krakowie-Łagiewnikach.
Following Sister Faustina’s revelations a the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, we should devote more time to stop at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. In this chapel, the Apostle of Divine Mercy would spend a few hours daily for almost 6 years. This is where she had 116 visions and mystical experiences, during which she could feel the presence of the Holy Trinity, the Lord Jesus, the Mother of God, angels, saints and souls of the dead. The beautiful conversations between God and souls are particularly noteworthy: with a sinful soul (Diary, 1485), a soul in despair (Diary, 1486), a suffering soul (Diary, 1487), one aiming for excellence (Diary, 1488) and the perfect one (Diary, 1489), which Sister Faustina recorded in her Diary, as they reveal the greatness of God’s merciful love for man, showing the way to unite with Him. In the Łagiewniki chapel, Sister Faustina most often encountered the Lord Jesus (27 times) or heard Him (almost 60 times). Particularly noteworthy are the revelation of Jesus which concerned events of the Gospel: the entry into Jerusalem, the institution of the Eucharist, the Paschal events and the message of Mercy. The descriptions of the institution of the Eucharist are unique, therefore, we shall quote one here: “Jesus allowed me to enter the Cenacle, and I was a witness to what happened there. However, I was most deeply moved when, before the Consecration, Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and entered into a mysterious conversation with His Father. It is only in eternity that we shall really understand that moment. His eyes were like two flames; His face was radiant, white as snow; His whole personage full of majesty, His soul full of longing. At the moment of Consecration, love rested satiated-the sacrifice fully consummated. Now only the external ceremony of death will be carried out-external destruction; the essence [of it] is in the Cenacle. Never in my whole life had I understood this mystery so profoundly as during that hour of adoration. Oh, how ardently I desire that the whole world would come to know this unfathomable mystery!” (Diary, 684).
Following Sister Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, we shall stop for a moment at the building which is presently adjacent to Siostry Faustyny street. The sisters traditionally refer to it as “Antoninek”. The old, two-story building along with the lower gate has been demolished and replaced with a new one, which contains accommodation for pilgrims visiting and hosts the international “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy.
Sister Faustina lived in “Antininek” on the second floor from September 1937 to March 1938. From January 1938, she was already very sick, so she spent most of the time in her cell. During that time, she recorded more than 50 extraordinary graces she received. These were mainly her encounters with Jesus (41) and they concerned the mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy, spiritual life and strengthened her in the fight against Satan. It was there that Sister Faustina recorded these famous words of Jesus: In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world (Diary, 1588). Also here, she heard some promises concerning the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, spreading the Divine Mercy devotion and the Hour of Mercy.
I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world-mercy triumphed over justice. My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery (Diary, 1572).
Here, she also experienced a very poignant encounter with the Mother of God, which she thus described: A vision of the Mother of God. In the midst of a great brilliance, I saw the Mother of God clothed in a white gown, girt about with a golden cincture; and there were tiny stars, also of gold, over the whole garment, and chevron-shaped sleeves lined with gold. Her cloak was sky-blue, lightly thrown over the shoulders. A transparent veil was delicately drawn over her head, while her flowing hair was set off beautifully by a golden crown which terminated in little crosses. On Her left arm She held the Child Jesus. A Blessed Mother of this type I had not yet seen. Then She looked at me kindly and said: I am the Mother of God of Priests. At that, She lowered Jesus from Her arm to the ground, raised Her right hand heavenward and said: O God, bless Poland, bless priests. Then She addressed me once again: Tell the priests what you have seen (Diary, 1585).