The formation meetings of venerators and volunteers of the “Faustinum” association in Slovakia this calendar year are connected with drawing patrons for 2019. The meetings will be hosted by the Sisters from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
On Sunday, January 20, the meeting in Košice, KVP, will be hosted by Sr. M. Benediktína Fečová.
On Sunday, January 27, the meeting in Sabinov will be hosted by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová and Sr. Alžbeta Mikušová.
On Saturday, February 2, the meeting in Písek in the Czech Republic will be hosted by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová.
On January 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. The meeting will start at 7.00 pm with presentation of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Adoration and veneration of Merciful Jesus. A presentation on the Eucharist in the life and teaching of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II will be delivered by Sr. Gaudia Skass who announces: This great mystery of our faith was at the center of the lives of both of these great Polish saints.We can learn a lot from them.It will be a joy to share this treasure with young people in the USA! 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 nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on January 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, ie., with the WORD. The renowned guest will be Fr. Marcin Ciunel from the Congregation of the La Salette missionaries, biblical scholar, preacher and rector of the Seminary of La Sallete priests in Krakow. 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 at www.faustyna.pl
Such is the intent of the January 26 meeting held by the youth ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., along with the John Paul II National Shrine, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary and the Catholic University of America (CUA), Panama in the Capital. Thousands of young people who will not be able to go to Panama will gather in Washington, D.C., the US capital, in order to unite in prayer, to share their faith with their peers, listen to lectures and to express the joy of being a Christian! They will also be able to listen to the live broadcast of a meeting with Pope Francis in Panama and learn about the culture of this country. The event will be attended by sisters of the Łagiewniki community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.
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
From 30 September to 6 October 2019, in Poland’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 3rd International Days of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place. The event will be dedicated to prayer and formation work. The theme of the meeting will be: “I have loved you with My eternal love”. The lectures will be translated only into English, Spanish and French only. The meeting will be attended by bishops, priests and lay people who are dedicated to the spirituality of Mercy and the charism of St. Faustina Kowalska, including volunteers and members of the “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of the Divine Mercy, representatives of the ministries of Divine Mercy in Poland and other countries as well as from parishes which host relics of Sr. Faustina.
Applications should be sent to the organizers (The “Faustinum” Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy) until January 30, 2019. For detailed information, please email email@example.com .
Everyday, from the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, radio broadcasting is available at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer through the following: Radio Warszawa (daily), Radio Niepokalanów (daily), Radio Podlasie (Sundays and holidays), Radio Nadzieja (Sundays and holidays), Radio Ain-Karim (daily), Radio Faustyna (daily), Radio Jasna Góra (Fridays and Sundays), Radio Alex from Zakopane (daily) and Radio Pallotti FM (daily), RadioSiedemNet in Chicago and www.faustyna.pl (daily). At Faustyna.pl and in the Faustyna.pl application for Android and iOS, also an archive is accessible which allows you to listen to the latest prayer from the Hour of Mecy and the Chaplet. You can also participate online on your computer or mobile device thanks to our Faustyna.pl application. Monday to Saturday, the morning Mass was broadcast by Radio Doxa from Opole.
The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and apostles of Divine Mercy following in the footsteps of St. Faustina and those participating in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer, will celebrate and commemorate a few important anniversaries in 2019:
90th anniversary of the ministry of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Biała, where St. Faustina ministered temporarily when she was staying in Plock.
90 years’ anniversary of St. Faustina’s stay in Vilnius, Warsaw’s Grochów and Kiekrz, St. Faustina’s places of residence.
85th anniversary of the painting of the first image of Merciful Jesus in Eugeniusz Kazimirowski’s studio in Vilnius.
75 years of the dedication of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image by Adolf Hyła in Krakow-Łagiewniki.
August 22 – the 25th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in the Czech Republic.
In 2018, at the construction site of the Płock Shrine of Divine Mercy at the Old Market Square, where the prophetic mission of St. Faustina started with the revelation of the image of Merciful Jesus, the third stage of the project by architect Jacek Jaśkowiec continued. The entire reinforced concrete structure of the church and the pilgrim’s house has been completed, as has the roof over the presbytery and the pilgrim’s house, along with ca. 50% of the façade. Currently, construction works on the facade are underway, and successively, windows and doors are being installed. The roof truss above in the main nave of the church is also being built. In November 2018, the construction of partition walls in the basement of the church and the pilgrim house was also started.
Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who are involved with this construction would like to thank for everyone for the prayers and financial support thanks to which the work has not stopped, but is still proceeding. In the Płock Shrine, the Sisters entrust all donors, benefactors and other supporters in the daily prayer to Merciful God. Donations for the construction of the Płock Shrine of Divine Mercy can be paid onto the following bank account:
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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!
During every evening Mass in January, the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus will be sung or recited in all chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Consideration of the antiphons from this Litany is a way to better understand who the Son of God, the One embodied to save and sanctify us, is. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the evening Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm (except Thursdays).
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:
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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.