During the pilgrimage season, many people visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The pilgrims pray at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. They participate in the holy sacraments, they see the museum with the original memorabilia of the Apostle of Divine Mercy and experience the loving presence of God. The fruitful experiencing of the pilgrimage is aided by the sisters proclaiming the message of Mercy and the guidebooks, especially Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia w Krakowie-Łagiewnikach.Pielgrzymowanie ze św.Siostrą Faustyną and Śladami objawień św.Siostry Faustyny. The Łagiewnickie Shrine has been a witness to more than 280 extraordinary experiences recorded by Sister Faustina in her Diary and the miracles experienced here by pilgrims. Practically every spot here, starting from the gate and ending with the church bear traces of these unusual encounters.
We begin presentation of these spots from the entrance to the Shrine: the gate that leads to the convent’s yard. The gate was formerly closed, as the entire convent was closed to the public. When St. Faustina was a portress, Cherubim would guard this gate. In the Fall of 1937, Jesus knocked on it, in the form of a poor young man. This event was described in the Diary: “Jesus came to the main entrance today, under the guise of a poor young man. This young man, emaciated, barefoot and bareheaded, and with his clothes in tatters, was frozen because the day was cold and rainy. He asked for something hot to eat. So I went to the kitchen, but found nothing there for the poor. But, after searching around for some time, I succeeded in finding some soup, which I reheated and into which I crumbled some bread, and I gave it to the poor young man, who ate it. As I was taking the bowl from him, he gave me to know that He was the Lord of heaven and earth. When I saw Him as He was, He vanished from my sight. When I went back in and reflected on what had happened at the gate, I heard these words in my soul: My daughter, the blessings of the poor who bless Me as they leave this gate have reached My ears. And your compassion, within the bounds of obedience, has pleased Me, and this is why I came down from My throne-to taste the fruits of your mercy” (Diary, 1312).
From October 1 to 5, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, “Apostles’ of Divine Mercy Days” will take place. All members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy are invited to participate, along with all those interested in formation in the spirit of the charism of St. Faustina.
The meeting will have a prayerful and formative character, and its theme will be the words: “I loved you with eternal love.” Daily Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, biblical presentations given by a highly respected retreat giver Fr. Krzysztof Wons S.D.S., as well as conferences on the spirituality of St. Faustina presented by the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy are planned. The schedule also includes a „Concert of praise” and testimonies. On October 5, participants will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of St. Faustina, especially during the solemn Eucharist, presided over by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Metropolitan of Cracow.
The nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on June 22nd. It will start at 7 pm with the holy orders Mass of Fr. Bartłomiej Grociak from the diocese of Krakow, who is associated with the youth community of Łagiewniki, because as a cleric, then as a deacon, he took part in these meetings. Now he will meet the young as a priest. After the Eucharist, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to talk with our Guest and young people from Washington, who will be attending the June “Łagiewniki 22” with Sr. Gaudia. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect via on-line transmission at faustyna.pl.
On June 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., a day of recollection will take place. Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be hosting another “Evening with Merciful Jesus”. The Evening will start at 7.00 pm with the presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. It will be another meeting during which the participants will deepen their understanding of mercy towards others. The renowned Guest of the evening will be Samuel Vasquez, a PhD student at the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C., who will continue the considerations inspired by the prayer of St. Faustina, “Help me, oh Lord…” His presentation will focus on loving words. At the end, the young participants will meet over tea. “Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover a new quality of life in friendship with Merciful Jesus.
The Contemplative Convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Świnice Warckie, existing as a separate community, welcomes those who have been blessed with the call to live by the closure and with the desire to bring God’s Mercy to the world. The prayer and sacrifice of the sisters are offered not only for the needs of the Congregation and the Church. The sisters also invoke the Mercy of God for our Homeland and the whole world, especially for people in need of moral support and at risk of loss of salvation. Persons interested in such a lifestyle should contact the contemplative monastery directly.
The Lord Jesus, in the devotion to Divine Mercy, gives us a special time of grace at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is the moment of His dying on the cross, of which he said to Sister Faustina: “This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. … In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…” (Diary, 1320). In order to take advantage of these promises of Jesus, one must pray with confidence and add deeds of mercy towards others to the trustful prayer. Jesus proposes three ways of experiencing the prayer at the Hour of Mercy: celebrating the Way of the Cross, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and if it is impossible, connecting with Him, dying on the cross, wherever 3 pm finds us. In this prayer, we turn directly to Jesus, and in our pleading, we appeal to the merits of His painful Passion. It is a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, which is why the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are practiced every day in all convents of the Congregation. You can join in this prayer through an on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki at faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application.
Following in the footsteps of the revelations of Saint Faustina, after going through the gate and meeting with Merciful Jesus in the form of a poor young man, we stop at the adjacent yard in front of the convent. Old trees and a flower-bed with a statue of St. Joseph, are found here that certainly remember the revelation of Jesus in May 1933. On the day of her trip to Vilnius (May 23), Sister Faustina went out in front of the convent, and she stood next to the very same time flower bed. She looked at the garden and the house, remembering how many God’s graces she received here during the postulancy, novitiate and in the preceding month, among them the grace of eternal marriage to Jesus, meeting her spiritual director, Father Józef Andrasz S.J., who perfectly understood her spiritual life and missions. She was sorry to leave this place. Tears came to her eyes, and then, unexpectedly, she saw Jesus, her Bridegroom, at the flowerbed, who told her: Do not cry, I am always with you (Diary, 259). This revelation of Jesus and the experience of His presence were so strong that it accompanied Sister Faustina throughout her entire journey to Vilnius.
In June, during the evening worship, the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally sung in churches in Poland. This is also true for the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, this takes place in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina. The June devotions are celebrated every day at 7:00 pm and at 6:30 pm on Sundays and other holidays.
Applications for participation in the 3rd Congress of Young Consecrated Persons are open. The Congress will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and the John Paul II Center on 13-16 September. The theme of the event will be the words “Free in the Holy Spirit” and accompanied by the Biblical motto: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3, 17). Registration link: http://kongresmlodych.zyciezakonne.pl/informacje/zgloszenia/
We are building the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock with a church and facilities for pilgrims, which is under construction at the site of the revelations of Merciful Jesus and the beginning of the prophetic mission of Sister Faustina. The construction of the object has been well under way since 2015 conducted by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, thanks to the support from venerators of Divine Mercy and people of God. However, additional financial resources are necessary for it to continue. This is why the Sisters would like to invite and humbly request you join this work which will honor Divine Mercy and benefit people. Donations can be paid onto the account of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Plock. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.
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