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In a situation when we cannot participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are particularly encouraged to practice perfect contrition, that comes from our love of God. Saint Faustina was involved in this practice of awakening perfect contrition every day. She made a pledge in her Diary: I will practice contrition, not only during confession, but during every self-examination, and I will arouse within myself an act of perfect contrition, especially when I am going to bed (Diary, 377). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: Repentance (also called contrition) must be inspired by motives that arise from faith. If repentance arises from love of charity for God, it is called “perfect” contrition; if it is founded on other motives, it is called “imperfect (CCC, 1492).

 

People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. A detailed intention for April is prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, the necessary graces for the sick and those fighting the Covid-19 virus, as well as for the spiritual rebirth of mankind and its confident turn towards God’s Mercy.

The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St. Faustinaat least once.

On Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, which this year falls on April 5, 2020, an English Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of the Divine Mecy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, Poland at 12 noon (Central European Summer Time zone). The La Salette priest, Fr. Stanisław Witkowski, MS, will preside at this Mass and some English-speaking sisters from the Kraków convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will be taking part in the liturgy. The Holy Mass is livestreamed from the Chapel of the Merciful Jesus and of the Tomb of St. Faustina, apostle and secrectary of the Divine Mercy.  You are most cordially invited to join us online.

 

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the collaborators, benefactors and donors, thanks to whom the message of Divine Mercy provided to St. Faustina by the Lord Jesus can reach many people around the world. We are especially thankful to those who support our website, www.faustyna.pl, as it is thanks to them that is has now been updated in seven languages, offers the project of Perpetual Mercy for the Dying, which currently supports 65 terminally ill people and the online broadcasting from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki which is presently accessed by over 5,800 unique users each day. Together, we can respond to the urgent call from Jesus to proclaim the message of His Mercy to the world. Only Divine Mercy can bring the peace to the world and  happiness to humanity. May Merciful Jesus bless your every day and bestow all His graces to our dear Donors and Cooperators, which we pray for many times during each day.

 

On every Friday at Shrine of Divine Mercy, a communal devotion of the Stations of the Cross, or Way of Sorrows, will be celebrated at the Basilica at 4:00 pm and in the chapel of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at 7:00 pm, with the exception of the first Friday, when the Way will be celebrated at 6:15 pm (online broadcast available at www.faustyna.pl). The devotion, in which we contemplate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, allows us to discover and explore the merciful love of God to man, to develop the attitude of trusting God in every situation, even the difficult and painful ones and the attitude of mercy toward our neighbors. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and suffered ignominious death for every one of us, to rise again so that we may have life and enjoy it now and forever.

For the period of Lent, we usually make resolutions, which usually involves doing the deeds that Jesus asked us to do: almsgiving, prayer and fasting, performed secretly with the pure intention of love for God and for people, not for applause or recognition. Saint Faustina also practiced them. In her religious life, however, she made one specific resolution, which she realized not only during Lent, but always, namely, she joined Merciful Jesus living in her soul, through an aspiration. When she wanted to change this decision, Jesus would not let her, because this daily practice leads to the development of a deep relationship with Him, to living our daily lives with Him.

 

The importance of daily choices. We may not realize just how much depends on our daily choices and taking on the cross every day to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In fact, here in the earthly life, we get to decide about everything: not only about what is important for our personal, family, professional, social, or national lives… but above all, our eternal lives. We live on earth only to learn how to love, since eternity will consist of loving. And the cross is inscribed in the art of love: enduring of suffering, forgiveness, and sacrifice. The importance of the ability to carry the cross is important for eternal life, as Jesus told Sister Faustina.

Then I saw the Lord Jesus nailed to the cross. When He had hung on it for a while, I saw a multitude of souls crucified like Him. Then I saw a second multitude of souls, and a third. The second multitude were not nailed to [their] crosses, but were holding them firmly in their hands. The third were neither nailed to [their] crosses nor holding them firmly in their hands, but were dragging [their] crosses behind them and were discontent. Jesus then said to me, Do you see these souls? Those who are like Me in the pain and contempt they suffer will be like Me also in glory. And those who resemble Me less in pain and contempt will also bear less resemblance to Me in glory. Among the crucified souls, the most numerous were those of the clergy. I also saw some crucified souls whom I knew, and this gave me great joy. Jesus then said to me, In your meditation tomorrow, you shall think about what you have seen today Diary, 446).

 

People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. A detailed intention for March is prayer for for a fruitful experience of Lent, and the grace of conversion for all sinners, especially those in danger of losing their salvation..

The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St. Faustina at least once.

St. Faustina is associated with the revelations of Merciful Jesus, the prophetic mission of proclaiming the biblical truth about the merciful love of God to man to the world, with the devotion to Divine Mercy and the new school of spirituality. She is less frequently mentioned in relation with her revelations of Our Lady, and yet in the Diary, dozens of meetings of the Apostle of Divine Mercy with Mary are reported. One revelation was a special occasion, because it talks about the extraordinary role of St. St. Faustina in Divine Mercy plans. On the Feast of the Annunciation of 1936, in the convent chapel at ul. Żytnia in Warsaw, Sister Faustina saw the Mother of God, who told her: I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you (Diary, 635). This message from the Mother of God also applies to us and impels us to bring the message of the merciful love of God to man to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer.

Concern for the conversion of sinners. This is the greatest act of mercy, which has us keep in mind the eternal wellbeing of another human being. Sister Faustina, following Jesus’ example, even made the sacrifice of her life with this intention. The mystical experiences she met heaven, purgatory and hell, because she said that no sacrifice is too great to save a man for eternity. Jesus invited her – and through it well and us – to cooperate in the work of saving sinners, even those for which humanly speaking, there is no hope. Many times He asked: I thirst. I thirst for the salvation of souls. Help Me, My daughter, to save souls. Join your sufferings to My Passion; and offer them to the heavenly Father for sinners (Diary, 1032). The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me; is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered (Diary, 1397).

At the invitation of Jesus, Sister Faustina responded generously: O Jesus, I want to bring souls to the fount of Your mercy to draw the reviving water of life with the vessel of trust. The soul desirous of more of God’s mercy should approach God with greater trust; and if her trust in God is unlimited, then the mercy of God toward it will be likewise limitless. O my God, Who know every beat of my heart, You know how eagerly I desire that all hearts would beat for You alone, that every soul glorify the greatness of Your mercy (Diary, 1489).

According to the regulations of state and church authorities connected with the coronavirus pandemic, there cannot be more than 5 people at the same time at Mass or other religious rites. Therefore, from on March 25, Masses and other services at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki celebrated in the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina will be held without the participation of the faithful. We invite you to participate in prayers and services broadcast by our on-line 24 hours a day service at www.faustyna.pl, on You Tube and through the Faustyna.pl application for Android and iOS devices. In spiritual communion through the intercession of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Faustina, we implore for the pandemic to stop, for the graces needed by all the services that fight against the disease, and especially the sick, the dying, and the health care providers. Jesus, we trust in You!

It is a tradition that before the feast of St. Joseph, a “Forty Hours” devotion is celebrated in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. Sisters and pilgrims coming to the Shrine of Łagiewniki throughout the day adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, giving thanks for all the graces and temporal blessings, including the spiritual and material care from St. Joseph for the Congregation and the Shrine, our families and the whole Church.

 

Works of mercy. This fast is what God desires. The following event in the life of St. Faustina is among the things which can convince us of it: The doctor did not allow me to go to the chapel to attend the Passion Service, although I had a great desire for it; however, I prayed in my own room. Suddenly I heard the bell in the next room, and I went in and rendered a service to a seriously sick person. When I returned to my room, I suddenly saw the Lord Jesus, who said, My daughter, you gave Me greater pleasure by rendering Me that service than if you had prayed for a long time. I answered, But it was not to You, Jesus, but to that patient that I rendered this service. And the Lord answered me, Yes, My daughter, but whatever you do for your neighbor, you do for Me (Diary, 1029).

Jesus instructed St. Faustina, and through her, all of us, that there are three ways to provide good to our neighbors: by deed, word, and prayer. He said: In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. (Diary, 742). Jesus asked Sister Faustina to do at least one act of mercy towards her neighbors during a day, and do it out of love for Him. This is the only wealth on earth that has eternal value. It makes us beautiful in our humanity and our Christian vocation, but also rich before God.

On 8-11 March, in Albuquerque, the largest city in the state of New Mexico, Sisters Gaudia Skass and Gina from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead a Spiritual Renewal in God’s Mercy Lenten mission at the Church of St Anne. There will be presentations for all and for individual groups at the parish, for youth and for all those preparing to receive the sacrament of baptism. In the evenings, after the lectures, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is planned. There will also be a possibility to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Due to necessary maintenance works, on the night of March 16-17 (Monday), there will be no video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at www.faustyna.pl. We would like to express our gratitude for all the donations made for this purpose and invite you to pray before the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina and to participate in the Liturgy through the virtual visitation of this holy place via the website of the Faustyna.pl application.

 

On March 9, another Monday’s meeting will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, dedicated to contemplating the Catechism of the Catholic Church and prayer at the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina for the recovery of faith in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus, and for priests. At 6.45 pm, Fr. Janusz Kościelniak will lead a short meditation based on the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (50-53). The focal point of the program will be the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with individual blessing. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.

Lent invites us to reflect on our lives and their purpose. Let us help in this the extremely eloquent vision of Sister Faustina. One day, I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures.

People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings” (Diary, 153).

What is the purpose of my life? Which road am I taking?

Mary, Mother of the Son of God, Mercy Incarnate and Mother of each of us. Ultimately beautiful in her love for God and man. A role model for every girl, mother and consecrated person. That is why we direct our prayers of thankfulness and supplication. To read more about the most beautiful of Women, Our Lady of Mercy, her veneration, iconography, liturgy and prayers, visit faustyna.pl.

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 March at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.modlitwaopotomstwo.pl.

On March 8, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk will support married couples praying for offspring. Already over 940 married couples from Poland, Italy, France and the USA have enlisted for the prayer and 340 of them are already expecting children, with many more already enjoying parenthood. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: kontakt@modlitwaopotomstwo.pl or through the fanpage: www.modlitwaopotomstwo.pl.

Under this motto, on March 5th, a monthly cycle of meetings will begin hosted at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Old Market Square in Płock. The meetings will be open to all those willing to learn about God’s merciful love, also through the testimonies of other people. The meeting includes a votive Mass on St. Faustina Kowalska at 5 p.m. and afterwards, around 5.45 p.m., a gathering with witnesses of Divine Mercy at the Shrine of Płock. During the upcoming event, Fr. Bogdan Czupryn will be sharing about the experience of God’s Mercy in his life.

Referring to the ancient Stations of the Cross Liturgy, the Metropolitan of Krakow Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski introduced it also in Krakow. For the fourth time on every day of Lent, the inhabitants of Krakow can pray in selected station churches. One of them is the Basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, where the Liturgy of the Stations with the Eucharist will be celebrated on March 2th at 6 pm.

The spirituality of the entire Stations of the Cross Liturgy focuses on three main elements, Fr. Stanisław Szczepaniec explains. The first is the penitential dimension, thanks to which we can experience Lent more deeply. Participants of the “station day” listen to the Word of God, pray, begin fasting, and, during the celebration of the Eucharist they donate to the needy. Those who make pilgrimages to the consecutive station churches follow a spiritual path that brings them closer to the deeper experience of the Lord’s Passover, too.

The second goal of the station liturgy is to show the city as a “sacred space”. The entire city becomes like the Church of God, because in every part of it, the faithful gather at the penitential liturgy. The “station network” covers all the districts of Krakow.

The third aspect of the Liturgy of the station is also important. It is the arrival of the bishop to the community. The Bishop strengthens the participants of the Eucharist in zealous undertaking of prayer, fasting and alms, and his presence is a sign of the unity of the particular Church.

On February 26, Ash Wednesday, we will enter the time of Lent. On that day, during Holy Mass, the priests sprinkle the faithful with ash as a sign of penitence. The ash comes from the “palms” which had been blessed on Palm Sunday and now burnt). While sprinkling ash on the heads of the faithful, the priests say to them: „Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”. These words reminds us about the fragility of human life, the need to believe in the Gospel and to repent in order to reach eternal life. On Ash Wednesday, those above 14 years old should abstain from meat and fast, which implies eating no more than three times a day, including one full meal. Solemn fasting should be observed by those under the age of 60. Holy Mass at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki’s chapel with the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina will be celebrated at 6:30 am, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and in the basilica they will be celebrated as on every Sunday. The beginning of Lent is intended to help in self-reflection, repentance, developing one’s mercy imagination and good preparation for Easter.

On February 24, another Monday’s meeting will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, dedicated to contemplating the Catechism of the Catholic Church and prayer at the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina for the recovery of faith in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus, and for priests. At 6.45 pm, Fr. Janusz Kościelniak will lead a short meditation based on the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (39-349). The focal point of the program will be the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with individual blessing. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.

People from many countries of the world participating in the work of the Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy are praying not only in their own intentions, but also asking for “mercy on us and the whole world”. A detailed intention for February is prayer for necessary grace for the sick and suffering, and a peaceful death for the dying.

The work of Perpetual Chaplet is a response to the request of Jesus to constantly implore for mercy “for us and the whole world”. The work has been operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at: www.faustyna.pl since 2011. Anyone can participate in it by filling out a short form and declare to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which Jesus dictated to St.. Faustina at least once.

In the evening, when I was in my cell I saw he Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment”, St. Faustina wrote in her Diary. “One hand was raised in the gesture of blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From beneath the garment, slightly drawn aside at the breast, there were emanating two large rays, one red, the other pale. In silence I kept my gaze fixed on the Lord; my soul was struck with awe, but also with great joy. After a while, Jesus said to me: ‚Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world’” (Diary, 47). The event took place in St. Faustina’s cell at the Plock convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the Old Market on February 22, 1931. The first Divine Mercy image was painted in Vilnius in 1934 under the guidance of Sister Faustina herself in the studio of Eugeniusz Kazimirowski and exposed for public veneration for the first time at the Gate of Dawn in 1935. Since then, a number of images have been created. The miracle-famous Divine Mercy image by Adolf Hyła, found in the convent chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy is the best known one. The painting was created under the guidance of the Mercy apostle’s Krakow spiritual director, Fr. Józef Andrasz, S.J., who dedicated it on the Feast of Mercy, April 16, 1944. It was this image that fulfilled the words of Jesus spoken to St. Faustina at the first revelation: I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world. Not only pilgrims from around the world who physically arrive at this holy place can pray in front of this image, but also online visitors viewing our live broadcasts and the high quality presentation of the image at www.faustyna.pl.

On February 22nd, the 89th anniversary of the revelation of Merciful Jesus, in the Płock Shrine of the Divine Mercy at the Old Market, Holy Mass will take place at 6.30 am, 10 am, 12 pm 3.30 pm and 5.00 pm. At 3 pm – prayer in the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet to Divine Mercy will be recited. At 12 pm, Holy Mass will be presided over by Bishop Piotr Libera. The celebration of the anniversary will be participated by the inhabitants of Plock and by venerators of Divine Mercy from many towns and villages in Poland, traditionally arriving to witness these events despite the wintry weather.

On February 22, at the Parish of St. James the Apostle at Plac Narutowicza in Warsaw at 5.30 pm, the play I am with you directed by Adam Woronowicz will be staged. It is based on the Diary of St. Faustina as well the memories and diary of Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko. The role of the Apostle of Divine Mercy will be performed by Aleksandra Posielężna, and Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko will be played by Karol Górski. The voice of Jesus will be Piotr Bondyra. The creators of the play and those who have already had an opportunity to see it on stage talk about a great impression which quotations from the Diary have made on them and the very believable performance of the young actors.

The super-high quality digital reproduction of miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was viewed at our website by almost 117,600 users in 2019. The digital image was downloaded for non-commercial purposes by over 170 users from 41 countries: Argentina, Australia, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Honduras, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mexico, India, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Congo, South Korea, Lebanon, Puerto Rico , Vietnam, the USA and from many European countries, including England, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Italy.

The forthcoming Evening with Merciful Jesus at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC, this time will be held in on February 22. Sister from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. Sister Gaudia  will deliver a conference about the brave St.  Faustina and her methods of a fighting spiritual battle with the enemy of our salvation and the weaknesses of human nature and tainted by the original sin.

The meeting will start at 7 pm in front of the image of the Merciful Jesus with prayer with the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After the speech, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will take place. At the end, refreshments will be available. The young will meet to discuss the topic of the evening’s lecture and share their experience of God. “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.