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Sisters from the Washington community will lead a three-day Lenten retreat entitled “Trust in the storm”. Amidst the limitations, isolation and incertitude of the situation we are in, this Lent gives us an opportunity to stop and allow God to speak to our hearts and renew our hope. The retreat will offer Silence, Holy Mass, Conferences, Adoration, Confession, Spiritual Conversation and abundant graces from our merciful Savior. March 5-7, 2021 at the Washington Retreat House located next to the beautiful Saint John Paul II National Shrine, where also some of the activities will take place. Registration and information: stfaustinasisters@gmail.com

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles’ Association, until 6 March, on all language versions of their website, www.faustinum.pl, memories of volunteers and members will be published. The secretariat is accepting testimonies from those willing to share. It is part of the jubilee celebrations and a sign of the spiritual unity of the Apostles of Divine Mercy from many countries of the world who, together with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, participate in the mission of St. Faustina to bring the message of Mercy to the world.

Meditating on the Passion of Jesus. During Lent, we consider the suffering of Jesus, which He took upon Himself out of love for us and for our salvation, more often than in other times of the year. We participate in the devotion of the cross and Bitter Lamentations, and we read the Scriptures that announce and describe the paschal events. Jesus instructed Faustina, and through her all of us, to consider His Passion in such a way as if it took place only for her sake (cf. (Diary, 1761). He explained: There is more merit to one hour of meditation on My sorrowful Passion than there is to a whole year of flagellation that draws blood; the contemplation of My painful wounds is of great profit to you, and it brings Me great joy 369). My daughter, meditate frequently on the sufferings which I have undergone for your sake, and then nothing of what you suffer for Me will seem great to you. You please Me most when you meditate on My Sorrowful Passion. Join your little sufferings to My Sorrowful Passion, so that they may have infinite value before My Majesty (Diary, 1512). Following these indications of Jesus, Sister Faustina penetrated deeply into the mystery of the merciful love of God for every man and thanked Jesus for the Book from which she learned to love God and people. That book is Your Passion which You underwent for love of me. It is from this book that I have learned how to love God and souls. In this book there are found for us inexhaustible treasures. O Jesus, how few souls understand You in Your martyrdom of love! Oh, how great is the fire of purest love which burns in Your Most Sacred Heart! Happy the soul that has come to understand the love of the Heart of Jesus! (Diary, 304).

On Saturday, March 6, the 25th anniversary of the founding of the “Faustinum” Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will be celebrated with thanksgiving for the years of its ministry of formation and proclamation of the message of Mercy to the world. In the basilica, the solemn Eucharist will be presided over by Bishop Jan Zając, after praying at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After Mass, there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with a prayer of praise for God’s mercy. Online broadcasting will be available at the Shrine’s Rectorate website, www.milosierdzie.pl.

On March 6, 1996, at the request of Mother Superior General Paulina Słomka, the Association “Faustinum” Association was established by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski. It brings together priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful from 90 countries, who, together with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, are participating in the mission of Sister Faustina. The main goal of the Association is the spiritual and apostolic formation of Divine Mercy devotees and proclaiming the message of Mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina to the world, which she provided by her witness of life, deeds, words and prayer. Testimonies of “Faustinum” volunteers and members  are published on the occasion of the jubilee on the Association’s website: www.faustinum.pl . The website contains more information on the “Faustinum”, its activities, and the jubilee celebrations.

On 5 March at 5 p.m., a Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, for all those who were involved in the preparation and celebration of the 90th anniversary of the revelation of the Merciful Jesus image. The solemn Mass on February 22 was presided over by Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawłowski with all the bishops of the Plock diocese, priests, and with the participation of the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the Divine Mercy venerators, most of whom, due to sanitary rigors, enjoyed the broadcast of the Catholic Radio of the Płock Diocese. Pope Francis and President Andrzej Duda sent words to the participants on this occasion. “We are aware that if it were not for the favor, help and disinterested involvement of many people, including workers in the construction of the new temple, the entire year of preparations and the celebration itself could not have taken place in such a solemn atmosphere,” wrote the superior of the Plock convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, Sr. M. Diana Kuczek, in her letter of thanks.

On March 1, 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 (124-125).  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.saint-faustina.org

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?

 

On February 27, the Hrušov community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Slovakia will lead an online day of recollection on ZOOM. The theme will be Wounded, but beloved. The meeting will feature a conference from Sr. Jana Mara, individual prayer and meditation and an opportunity to talk to the Sisters. At 3 p.m., prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy are planned, to be followed by a summary of the retreat and a surprise. To sign up, email sr.jana@milosrdenstvo.sk before February 26th.

Under this theme, a meeting for high school age girls will be held by the Diocese of Arlington on February 27. The meeting, to be held in Lake Ridge, Virginia, will be led by Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. During the meeting, the girls will have the opportunity to participate in the Holy Mass, and to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament after listening to conferences given by the Sisters. Together they will reflect on the great dignity of the human person and how to live in order to reveal the likeness of God in oneself more and more clearly. There will also be time to ask the Sisters some questions, especially in the context of vocation to religious life.

The Funeral Mass for Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC will be on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA, USA. It will be a private ceremony but it will be live-streamed: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/DailyMass

Fr. Seraphim used to say of himself: „Mercy is my life.” For 20 years he worked as a vice-postulator in the canonization process of St. Faustina for North America. He witnessed the first miracle, attributed to the intercession of Sister Faustina, which opened her path for beatification in 1993. He was also the coordinator of efforts to verify the second miracle before her canonization. He devoted his entire life in the congregation of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception to spreading the Divine Mercy message and the spiritual heritage of St. Faustina. He was the rector of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA and the director of the Institute of Divine Mercy, also in Stockbridge. He wrote a series of articles for the “Marian Helpers” magazine, supervised the publication of various books, brochures and audiovisual materials on the message and devotion to Divine Mercy, and the writings of Sister Faustina. As a promoter of the Divine Mercy and St. Faustina he was well known to EWTN viewers, for whom he hosted many programs devoted to this subject. He was also a consultant and a co-author of several films. He carried the message of Mercy to the world as a speaker on retreats, theological symposiums and congresses of Divine Mercy in many countries of the world. When he came to Poland, he always visited the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki to pray at the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of St. Faustina, to whom he personally owed, among others, healing from cancer disease. He returned to the home of Heavenly Father on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11, 2021. He was 90 years old.

Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Łagiewniki have donated 500 rosaries with relics of St. Faustina for Ukrainian soldiers. This gift comes with a daily prayer for the graces they need, keeping confidence in God’s mercy, and fortitude. For several weeks now, the Sisters have been praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for 5 hours a day for Ukraine, at the convent, and on our website, Faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions, on top of continuing to pray the Perpetual Chaplet together with the faithful who are joining in from tens of countries around the world.

During every evening Mass in February, the Litany of St. Faustina 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 Apostle of Divine Mercy is for the Lord and for ourselves, along with her unusually rich spiritual heritage and her prophetic mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world. 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).

Collection of aid for Ukraine is under way at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. You can make a donation to a special box at the entrance to the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, while in the basilica, there are baskets for the collection of durable foods, hygienic products and basic medications.

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”. Specific intention: thanksgiving for the gift of the Divine Mercy image and all the graces obtained before it, asking that the world may find peace and man may find happiness in God’s merciful love, for the cessation of the coronavirus pandemic, and for all the sick and 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. Faustinaat least once.

Children from Christ of the Good Journey Parish in Camaqüey have joined in the world prayer for peace in Ukraine. Each Sunday of this Lent, together with the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, they will remain in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament to invoke the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for peace in Ukraine and support for those suffering from war, and also in order to entrust the whole world to God’s mercy.

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.

In March in all chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one with the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions will be held to memorate St. Joseph. The sisters, since the early history of the Congregation, have had special veneration for St. Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of God and diligent protector of Christ, whose care they entrust themselves to. The Saint provides aid not only in respect to material things, but also spiritual ones. He gave St. Faustina “to know how much he is supporting this work of mercy” which the Lord commanded – one of proclaiming the message of mercy to the world, and promised his protection. However, he also demanded her continuing devotion and asked that she recite three daily prayers and one Memorate to St. Joseph (Diary, 1203). Our daily on-line broadcasts (except Thursdays and Sundays) at 7:00 pm will allow you to join in the singing of the Litany of St. Joseph with the sisters to thank for his fatherly care and to ask for his powerful intercession in our intentions before God.

Sisters from the Plock convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have prepared a video showing the present condition and needs of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, which is being erected in the place of the historic revelations of the Merciful Jesus image.

In 2021, it is planned to continue installing sanitary and electrical facilities, plastering and flooring, in addition to stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), as far as the finances allow it.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. The Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. 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.

Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836
USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746
EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

Such is the title of the 33th episode of our short film clip series about the Message of Mercy from Jesus, based on the Diary of Sister Faustina. Every episode contains a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. In this episode, Jesus is saying: “ I protect souls that spread the worship of My Mercy throughout their lives, as a loving mother protects her baby; and at the hour of their death I shall not be a Judge unto them, but their merciful Saviour” (Diary, 1075). Saint Faustina responds: “ It is my greatest wish that souls should learn to know You – to learn that You are their eternal happiness, to trust in Your goodness and to praise Your infinite mercy” (Diary, 305).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. This message reveals God’s merciful love and calls us to respond to it with an attitude of trust in God, that is, by doing His will, and by doing good to others through deeds, words and prayer. The narrators are Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, and the music was written by the Krakow composed and musician, Paweł Bębenek. The one-minute film clips with beautiful outdoor scenes are produced by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in cooperation with TVP. You can watch them all on you YouTube channel: Faustina.pl.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to warn everyone againts buying counterfeit relics of St. Faustina which have appeared online. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy is the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina. Relics of the first and second degree are donated to parish churches or chapels which proclaim the message of God’s Mercy and practice the devotion to the Divine Mercy. Relics of the third degree (the canvas on which the bones of St. Faustina used to be deposited) are available in laminated pictures, medallions and rosaries are designed for the faithful who practice individual devotion.

Every day at 3-3.20 pm, Sisters’ from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy is broadcast from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. In this prayer, in accordance with the wish of the Lord Jesus, we contemplate the mystery of the merciful love most fully revealed in His passion, death and resurrection, and beg for His mercy, recommending the intentions offered on the altar of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina, along with matters of the Church, our country and the world. Also listeners of 12 radio stations, television viewers and Internet users from many countries of the world are involved in this prayer. The broadcast will be available at www.saint-faustina.org and from TVP3 nationwide broadcasting from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays on TVP1. Polish television broadcast can be received also at faustyna.pl and its 7 language versions and in the Faustyna.pl applications.

The song titled Nie przestanę ufać (I will not stop trusting) comes from the Ja zawsze jestem z tobą album inspired by the Diary of St. Faustina. The songs are by Sr. Emanuela Gemza and performed by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The music was arranged by the Krakow composer Hubert Kowalski, who also supervised the recording of the album. The album is in line with St. Faustina’s mission to bring the message of God’s merciful love to the world. The album can be purchased from the online store at www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

Starting November 19th, the secretariat of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles’ Association will be accepting applications for individual retreats with the Bible and the Diary of Sister Faustina. Persons who wish to experience an encounter with God in this holy place through deep prayer with the Word of God and drawing on the spiritual heritage of the Apostle of Divine Mercy are invited to participate. The retreat (from 1 to 8 days), currently only available in Polish, is held according to the program proposed by the spiritual director (a Sister from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy) in complete silence, excluding cell phones and other electronic devices. For details, visit: www.faustinum.pl