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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.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the decision not to celebrate Masses with the participation of the faithful, the National Shrine of St. John Paul II in Washington DC broadcasts daily Masses and daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy on it’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTeh0aaqAA3-nAYAI7K6zA and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JP2Shrine/ On Mondays, this prayer is led by a priest from the Shrine, and on other days, this prayer is led by the sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy who have their ministry at the Shrine. In trustful prayer, we beg for all the graces needed for aching humanity during this time of trial. 

 

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.

After several years of work at the publishing enterprise of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Misericordia, and www.faustyna.pl/en are publishing the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska in UK English. This translation of the Diary from Polish into British English was made by Teresa Bałuk-Ulewiczowa, born in the UK, speaker of Polish and English, first a graduate of London University and a doctoral student at the Jagiellonian University, and then a researcher and teacher at the university lecturing the art of translation) in collaboration with Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The work on the translation took several years. The translator admitted that the work on the Diary was perhaps the toughest challenge she had to face in her professional life. In the opinion of those who have already had the opportunity to read this rendering of the Diary, it is a unique translation, amazing in its fidelity and devotion to the subtleties connected with the mystical life of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

The translation of the Diary into English will serve as a basis for translation into other foreign languages in the absence of translators with the appropriate mastery of Polish. The translation is released before the Feast of Mercy and the 20th anniversary of the canonization of the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

This reference to the “blessed fall” will be the topic for contemplation on Saturday, March 27, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead the Lenten recollection then, which will prepare the participants for a deeper entry into the Holy Week. This prayerful meeting will be available to attend in person. From 10 am to 1 pm, you can listen to a talk by Sr. Gaudia, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, access the sacrament of confession and receive the Eucharist.