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 March 22nd. The meeting will start at 7.00 pm in the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in its usual rhythm, i.e., with the WORD. The renowned guest will be Fr. Mariusz Ołdak from the Diocese of Opole, involved in the School of New Evangelization, the district priest for the deaf, leader of annual Jesus Lives retreats on St. Anne’s Mount, opole province, Poland. The lecture will be followed by ADORATION and WORSHIP of Merciful Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. After the Holy Mass, there will be time for COMMUNITY over tea. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.
On May 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host another Evening with Merciful Jesus. It 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. This month’s conference about Our Lady of Fatima, Pope John Paul II and what connects the message of Fatima with the message of Mercy entrusted to Fr. Jose Cortes, who was born in Lisbon. After the conference, there will be adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, which this time will be musically supported by artists from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Baltimore. At the end, the young meet to share refreshments and talk to the guest of the evening. “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.
On 24-26 of May, in the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw’s Żytnia street, a retreat for young women will be held. The theme of the event will be: In this retreat, my soul has matured. The retreat givers will be Fr. Szymon Kulwicki, Sr. Greta Mizeracka who is responsible for the work of vocations in the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, and Sr. Ewangelista with postulant Sisters. The participants of the retreat will consider the Gospel parable of the grain, which continues to grow in the hearts of those who listen. The program includes: Communal Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, listening and meditation on the Word of God, meetings and conversations with the Sisters.
On Saturday, 25th of May this year, at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the silver anniversary of the religious profession of Sister Alberta Perkowska will be celebrated. At 11:00 in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a solemn Holy Mass will be celebrated with the renewal of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience by the Jubilarian, whose outer sign is a silver ring with the engraved name of Jesus. Sisters in the remaining convents of the Congregation, as well as the Family and persons entrusted with apostolic work will join in the prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of the Jubilarian and in her intentions.
On May 25th (Saturday), after a communal prayer in the Basilica of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7:30 am, the 12th Pilgrimage to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska will begin. The pilgrims will make the distance of 33 km on foot. They will visit the churches of Mary Queen of Poland in Krakow’s Nowy Ruczaj and in Rzozów, and the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Przytkowice as they go. The arrival to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is planned at 6:45 pm. After a Holy Mass, they will return to Krakow by buses.
In May, in a number of parishes in Poland, children participate for the first time in the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion. More and more children in special white clothes arrive with their priests, catechists and parents to the Shrine of Divine Mercy to make thanks for the great gift of God’s mercy which is the Eucharistic presence of the Lord Jesus and His indwelling in the human soul and to ask for fidelity and growth in the love of God and other people.
Misericordia, which is the publishing company run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, is releasing a new translation of the book by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M., entitled The gift of God for our times, this time into Portuguese. The translation was made on the basis of the English and Spanish versions by Raimundo José Guimarães from Brazil in consultation with Professor Renata Siuda-Ambroziak from the University of Warsaw, who proofread it comparing the translation with the original Polish version. The book tells about the life, mission and spirituality of St. Faustina Kowalska in a popular manner. The Portuguese translation is the Translator’s gift for the Apostle of Divine Mercy, submitted to her Congregation. The book is available in the Misericordia stores at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and in the online store at www.misericordia.faustyna.pl. www.misericordia.faustyna.pl
May 27th is the 13th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Holy Father prayed before the grace-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of St. Faustina, in the chapel of Perpetual Adoration, and in the Basilica he met with the sick, who – as he said – are the most eloquent witnesses of God’s Mercy and have an active part in the salvation of the world. On a general audience in Rome, he recalled this pilgrimage to the Shrine in Łagiewniki: I had the opportunity to point out that only Divine Mercy illuminates the mystery of man. … Contemplating the illuminating wounds of the risen Christ, Sister Faustina Kowalska received a message of trust to humanity, the message of God’s Mercy … This message is indeed the main message of our time: mercy as God’s power and as the boundary for the evils of the whole world.
The film entitled Święta Faustyna w blasku Miłosierdzia (Saint Faustina in the glow of Mercy) by Piotr Weychert is now available on DVD at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and at the premises of the Misericordia publishing company. The cinema and television premiere of the film took place last fall. The film is a fictionalized document that tells about the life of St. Faustina and the power of Divine Mercy. The film is built around the idea of St. Faustina’s impact on the modern world and is an attempt to answer the question why her mission meets the needs of people living in the twenty-first century so aptly. The film features archival materials intertwined with scenes played out by actors, and is supplemented by computer animations and other visual effects. The film was co-produced by Grupa Filmowa and the National Cultural Center. It was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The sponsors of the film are also: PKN ORLEN, Energa Group and publisher of the monthly “Poznaj Świat”.
Every Thursday, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a group of people named Kustodia, meet to pray at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, in the intention of priests. They are accompanied by Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. From 8 to 9.30 pm, during the prayer of adoration and as the rosary is recited together, they obtain God’s graces for the stewards of God’s Mercy, so that the priests be faithful to their vocation and lead the people entrusted to their pastoral care on the ways of God. Everyone, also those who connect to the Łagiewniki Shrine online at www.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl, is invited to join in this prayer.
It is a tradition in Poland that Catholics gather in every church and even at small roadside shrines in May to celebrate “Majówki” – a special kind of devotion to the Virgin Mary, during which the Litany of Loreto is sung. At the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the May devotions are celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm and on Sundays and other holidays at 6:30 pm. You can also join in the prayer online, at www.faustyna.pl and www.sanktuarium.faustyna.pl.
Every year on January 1st, in the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, a drawing of annual patron Saints takes place. The Diary tells us how important this was for St. Faustina. Her desire was to be accompanied and supported by Someone from Heaven on all her days of the new year. In the morning during meditation, she wrote, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn’t read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: “I am your patron”. Read. I looked at once at the inscription and read, “Patron for the Year 1935-the Most Blessed Eucharist.” My heart leapt with joy (Diary, 360).
With a patron Saint, each sister receives a prayerful intention and a message. Those involved in the draw also include priests, cooperators, members and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association, friends and members of the group “Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia” on Facebook. From January 1, 20017, also visitors at Faustina.pl can participate in the draw.
May the Patron Saints aid us, may they help us more and more fully; participate in the life and mission of Jesus; revealing the merciful love of God to the world!
In connection with the construction of the Łagiewniki Route in Krakow, road access to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is hindered. This applies not only to regular cars and buses but also to pilgrims arriving at the Shrine by tram, due to the tram stop named Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia is not presently available. When using tramway lines coming to Borek Fałęcki, please get off at the stop called ZUS (on demand) or at the stop called Solvay and continue to the Shrine on foot.
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).
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.
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 May to July, at the site of the construction of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, reinforced concrete slabs have been placed in the space between the beams of the coffer ceiling. Aluminum window joinery in the Pilgrim House have been installed and works related to the facade of the church were continued, by bricking the external walls with clinker bricks. The structure of the reinforced concrete tower has also grown to the level of 18.5 meters. The entire tower will rise to a height of 32 meters. In the near future, roofing and the tower’s construction will continue. The progress of work depends on the financial recources available. Those who would like to support this great work can donate to the following bank account:
Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
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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.
The Faustyna.com mobile app, until now available for Android platforms, is also ready for iOS. You can download it from our website via the download link or directly from the App Store by searching “Faustyna.pl” or from Google Play under the same title. The Faustyna.pl application, available in 7 languages, facilitates access to the most important content on the www.faustyna.pl website. Mainly, it provides easy access to on-line broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, information about the “capital of Divine Mercy veneration”, news for pilgrims and other news (announcements and photographic relations of the most important events), every day messages from the Diary, and also to relevant content associated with the message of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina, on top of the work of the Chaplet for the Dying.
The Faustyna.pl application for smart-phones and tablets is now available from Play Store! It is a mobile version of our website, www.faustyna.pl, and it includes the most important topics connected with St. Faustina, the devotion to Divine Mercy in forms provided to her by Jesus, including daily quotations from the Diary and information about the capital of the Divine Mercy devotion, the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Moreover, the application displays up-to-date news, photos, live stream broadcasts from the chapel with the Divine Mercy image and provides immediate information on the works being done at the Łagiewniki Shrine. The application was written by Karolina Ślusarczyk i Klaudia Popko, as a part of their Bachelor diploma project at the AGH University of Mining Technology, supervised by Robert Chodorek, PhD. The application was created to make it easier for pilgrims from around the world to access the most important content connected with the message of Mercy and the Łagiewniki Shrine as they arrive in Krakow to participate in the World Youth Day events. The application will be available in seven different languages.
The publishing company Misericordia, operating at the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has just published a book written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, entitled Śladami objawień św. Siostry Faustyny w Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia w Krakowie-Łagiewnikach [In the Footsteps of St. Faustina and Her Revelations. Around Krakow-Łagiewniki]. It is a unique guide to the capital of the worship of Divine Mercy, where St. Faustina experienced more than 280 different kinds of revelations and mystical insights. Virtually every place in Łagiewniki bears marks of the extraordinary meetings between the Apostle of the Divine Mercy and Jesus, His Blessed Mother, angels, saints and souls suffering souls in purgatory. As many as 116 visions and mystical experiences befell the Saint in the chapel of the convent, including five times when she felt the presence of the Holy Trinity. Her contact with the supernatural world was as genuine and real as the world she could perceive by the senses. The publication introduces the reader to the atmosphere of extraordinary experiences of Sister Faustina, which happened at this Shrine.