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On December 16 a novena to the Infant Jesus will start in all the convents of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the chapel of the miracle-famous Image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Traditionally, the antiphons sung and the Litany of the Infant Jesus recited there prepare the faithful spiritually for Christmas.

During the fourth week of Advent, St. Faustina will lead us deep into our souls, which also became the birthplace of Jesus in us. Jesus came to this world to be born in every human heart and make it happy. “I seek no happiness except in my interior”, she wrote, “in which God abides. I rejoice in God within me. Here I dwell constantly with Him; here I am at my most intimate with Him; here I safely dwell with Him, here is a place beyond the reach of human gaze. The Blessed Virgin is encouraging me to abide with God in this manner” (Diary, 454). Let us try to make the last days of Advent a time of the new birth of Jesus not only in our hearts through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but let us strive to make sure that He finds a place in many human souls through our prayer and sacrifice.

The Sisters from the community of our Congregation in Washington, D.C., organize the next “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on December 22nd at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. This month’s special guest will be Roy Schoeman, a well-known speaker and guide to the Holy Land, who will share the fascinating story of his conversion from Judaism, to atheism, to Catholicism. He is fascinated by the mystery of God’s mercy and St. Faustina’s Diary is close to his heart. You can join the event online atwww.jp2shrine.org/youtube. The lecture will be followed by Adoration of the Lord Jesus and a meet-up with refreshments.

“Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover the new quality of life in friendship with the merciful Lord Jesus.

 

On December 19, the Center of Mercy Spirituality at the Santo Spirito church in Sassia will host a meeting for the young people of the Roman San Giovanni Battista High School with the community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. The Sisters will deliver presentations and show multimedia to tell the students about St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, her spiritual legacy and prophetic mission of proclaiming Mercy, to which every Christian is invited. The meeting was organized on the initiative of Fr. Paolo Martinelli, the new rector of the Santo Spirito in Sassia church.

A day of recollection themed The Church according to St. Faustina will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock at the Old Market Square on December 17. It will be delivered by Fr. Andrzej Janicki. The meeting agenda includes

 9 am – conference I; followed by Confession and/or conversation.
11.30 am – conference II.
1.30 pm – Holy Mass.
3 pm – Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Let us spend the third week of this Advent contemplating the mystery of Divine Mercy in the Nativity of Christ. Sister Faustina wrote: “And the uncomprehended miracle of Your mercy is accomplished, O Lord: the Word is made Flesh, God – the Word of God, Mercy Incarnate – has come to dwell among us. You have raised us up to Your Divinity by stooping down to us here is the surfeit of Your love, the infinite depth of Your mercy. The Heavens are astounded at the surfeit of Your love. No longer does anyone fear to approach You. You are the God of mercy; You take pity on our wretchedness; You are our God, and we are Your people. You are a Father unto us, and we are Your children by Your grace; may Your mercy be praised for Your gracious coming down to us” (Diary, 1745). Let us follow St. Faustina in considering the merciful love of God in the miracle of the Son of God being born in the stable in Bethlehem and in the soul of man. Let us thank Him for wanting to be so close to us from birth through all the events of life until death, to live with us in the Father’s house and make us heirs to Heaven.

Such is the title of the 28th 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 want the Feast of Mercy to be a refuge and sanctuary for all souls, and especially for poor sinners.On that day are open all the Divine floodgates through which graces flow” (Diary, 699). Saint Faustina responds: “Jesus, Lover of human salvation, draw all the souls up to Divine life; may the greatness of Your mercy be praised here on Earth and in eternity” (Diary, 1466).

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 Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, 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.

On 9-12 December, at the Parish of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Kapchagay, Almaty Diocese, an Advent retreat will be held, dedicated to Mercy Incarnate. The retreat, based on the Diary of St. Faustina, will be delivered by Sr. M. Anastasis Omelchenko and Sr. M. Bakhita Voranava from the community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Petropavlovsk. Moreover, there will be a get-together for women on vocation and for the kids of the parish Children’s Home.

 

A parish retreat on Divine Mercy will be held from 9 to 11 December at the Vasil Hopek Greek Catholic parish in Stropkove, Slovakia. Following the invitation of Fr. Slavomír Tarasovič, Sr. M. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will deliver the retreat. The program includes conferences (on Saturday, they will be especially aimed for mothers and other women), adoration, praying at the Hour of Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and veneration of the relics of St. Faustina.

On December 11, Sr. Wincenta Mąka from the Roman community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will be meeting with the faithful at the parish of St. Christine in Turin, in order to share about the mystery of Divine Mercy in the Embodiment and Nativity of Christ in the light of the mystical experience of St. Faustina. The meeting agenda includes a solemn Mass celebrated by Fr. Lorenzo Barbay, the rector of the parish, the Hour of Mercy prayer and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to a possibility to access the Sacrament of Reconciliation and honor the relics of St. Faustina and participate in a meeting with refreshments.

At the invitation of Fr. Pastor Gábor Tóth, an Advent Day of Recollection will be held on Saturday, December 10, at the parish of St. Stephen the King in Füzéri and its branch in Hollóháza, Hungary. Conferences on Advent Vigil with St. Faustina will be delivered by Sr. M. Hedvig Uličná of the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

In the second week of Advent with St. Faustina, we would like to invite you to consider Divine Mercy in the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God. “God, You did not allow Man to perish after his fall, but in Your mercy forgave him; You forgave him in a Divine manner, not only forgiving his sin but also bestowing all manner of graces upon him. Mercy prompted You to come to come down to us Yourself and lift us up out of our wretchedness. God, the Lord of Lords, is to come down on Earth, the Immortal One is to stoop down. But where will You come down, O Lord? To Solomon’s temple? Will You have a new abode built for You? Where do You intend to come down? O Lord, what kind of abode shall we build You, if the whole Earth is Your footstool? You have prepared an abode for Yourself: the Holy Virgin, Her immaculate womb is Your dwelling” (Diary, 1745). During this week, let us follow St. Faustina in contemplating the Mercy of God in the mystery of the incarnation of His Son, Who took on a human form in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Let’s be thankful that human nature became elevated in this way, and has been present in the mystery of the Trinity through Jesus ever since.

Such is the title of the 27th 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 am giving people a vessel with which they are to come to the fount of mercy for graces. That vessel is the picture with the inscription ‘Jesus, I trust in You” (Diary, 327). Saint Faustina responds: “O my Jesus, every day my soul bathes in the rays of Your mercy; I know of no moment in my life when I did not experience Your mercy” (Diary, 697).

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 Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, 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.

On November 29, spiritual preparations for the celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will begin in all the houses of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. There is to be a communal novena consisting of antiphons and the Litany of Loreto. In addition the sisters will be marking the Holy Day with an annual gift to the Mother of Mercy. Over and above the obligatory prayer in the convents’ chapels and her spiritual exercise, Saint Faustina used to make a novena which consisted in saying 1,000 „Hail Marys” each day. She admitted: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Apart from recreation, I have only prayed and worked. I have not said a single unnecessary word during these days. Although I must admit that such a matter requires a good deal of attention and effort, nothing is too much when it comes to honoring the Immaculate Virgin (Diary, 1413). You yourselves can also take part in the prayer online, thanks to our live transmissions from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.

On December 6th, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Mass will be celebrated at 5 pm in the intentions of all the sponsors, donors and contributors of the media works carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and especially those who support the Chaplet for the Dying at  www.faustyna.pl and its language versions. Thanks to this support each year we are helping about 40 thousand dying people. Hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world can make a virtual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Łagiewniki and connect in prayer next to the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. Sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy pray daily for the donors and benefactors who support the work, but this particular Eucharist will be a special gift of gratitude. You can join this celebration via the live video broadcast at www.saint-faustina.org  and in the Faustyna.pl application.

On December 6 at 7 pm, the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdańsk (Trakt Św. Wojciecha 396 A) will host a formative meeting for women. The meeting agenda includes a personal encounter with Jesus present in the Holy Sacrament, which has the power to make all the desires of the woman’s heart come true. Then, St. Faustina, through the service of Sr. Gracjana Szewc, I.S.M.M., will share her experience of the merciful love of God, which she recorded in her Diary.

On December 4 at 3 pm, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Holy Mass will be celebrated under the presidency of Bp. Marek Marczak. This will be another event included in the centenary of St. Faustina’s stay in Łódź and the 5th anniversary of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s ministry at Krośnieńska street. This is where the Apostle of Divine Mercy once lived. At 5 p.m., testimonies about performing acts of mercy will be given and discussed by Fr. prelate Juliusz Lasoń and health care professionals. Since September, an exhibition prepared for the occasion of the anniversary, titled Krośnieńska 9 has been available for viewing as well.

The event is held under the honorary patronage of Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the Metropolitan of Łódź, and Mother Miriam Janiec, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

On December 2-4, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the cyclical Merciful Trinity retreat will take place. Its topic will be the mercy of the Holy Spirit who, as St. Faustina said her Diary: “Oh, if only souls would listen, just a little, to the voice of their conscience, listen to the voice, that is to the inspiration that comes from the Holy Spirit, just a little, I shall say – because once we submit to the influence of the Divine Spirit, He Himself will supply and fill up all that is wanting in us.” (Diary, 359). The retreat will be provided by Bishop Artur Ważny. The organizer of the retreat is the Faustinum Association Apostles of Divine Mercy.

The Shrine of St. Faustina in Kiekrz will hold a night vigil on the first Saturday of this month, 3/4 December, starting with a Holy Mass at 6 p.m. in the intention of families and to implore God for His Mercy for our country and peace for Ukraine. Throughout the night until 7 a.m., the rosary will be prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. These night vigils are organized every two months on the first Saturday by the “For the Care of the Church” Community.

Sister Faustina would begin every Advent with Virgin Mary. Before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, she would practice a novena with the whole Congregation, and in addition to that, she would always try to offer something more to the Mother of God (e.g. a novena of a thousand Hail Marys). She considered mercy that Mary experienced as a gift of her immaculate conception and the fullness of grace guaranteed to her by Archangel Gabriel, and the gift of Divine motherhood. The one who was chosen to become the Mother of the Son of God knows best how to experience the period of awaiting the coming of Jesus. She advised Sister Faustina: “try to make yourself meek and humble, so that Jesus, Who dwells perpetually in your heart, may rest. Adore Him in your heart, do not leave your interior” (Diary, 785). This may also be our decision for this Advent week to prepare our hearts for God’s ever more complete presence therein.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy expresses gratitude to all Benefactors and Donors for supporting the apostolic works that are used by thousands of Internet users and dying people in need of prayerful support. Thank you for the gifts sent to support the work of „Chaplet for the Dying,” on-line broadcast from the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki and the website: www.faustyna.pl and its versions in foreign languages. In these gifts of the heart, the mercy of God is visible, which is poured out on the world through human hearts and hands. In their daily prayers, the sisters respond with prayer, commending all the Donors and Benefactors to God’s mercy and asking for God’s blessing and needed favors for them. Let God’s Mercy be glorified in all this!

Advent is approaching, Sister Faustina wrote in her Diary. I want to prepare my heart for the coming of the Lord Jesus by silence and recollection of spirit, uniting myself with the Most Holy Mother and faithfully imitating Her virtue of silence, by which She found pleasure in the eyes of God Himself.  I trust that, by Her side, I will persevere in this resolution (Diary, 1398). This year, the first Sunday of Advent falls on 27th of November. Liturgically, Advent and the new year in the liturgy of the Church begins with vespers on November 26th. It constitutes a time of joyful anticipation of Christmas, spiritual preparation for this holiday and for the second coming of Christ on Earth, in addition to building our sensitivity to His everyday coming to us here and now, as St. Faustina did, through exercise in silence and recollection of spirit. The joy of experiencing the mystery of faith which tells us of the birth of the Son of God in human flesh, Mercy Incarnate, depends on this expectation and spiritual preparation.

A scientific conference entitled Entrustment of the World to Divine Mercy – Significance and Perspectives will be held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki (the John Paul II Hall) on November 26. It will be attended by Ewa Czaczkowska, PhD, of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Father Wojciech Węgrzyniak, PhD, of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Father Paweł Ptasznik, PhD, rector of St. Stanislaus Church in Rome, Father Ass. Prof. Andrzej Dobrzyński, PhD, director of the Center for the Documentation and Study of the Pontificate of John Paul II in Rome, Father Stanisław Mieszczak, PhD of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Franciszek Mróz, PhD, of the Pedagogical University of Cracow, Father Zbigniew Bielas, PhD, rector of the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki and its vice-rector, Father Mateusz Wyrobkiewicz. After the speakers, a panel discussion will follow on how much the message of God’s mercy and the act of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy can set the direction of the pastoral program for the contemporary Church in Poland and the world. It will be moderated by Fr. Jan Dohnalik, PhD, of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. After the Hour of Mercy and Holy Mass at 4:30 pm, an exhibition titled Mercy Hope for the World will be opened.

Such is the title of the 25th 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: “Give Me souls; know that your task is to win souls for Me by prayer and sacrifice, by encouraging them to trust in My mercy” (Diary, 1690). Saint Faustina responds: “I was on fire with desire for the salvation of souls; I was crossing the entire world this way and that, going into its wildest places for the salvation of souls. All this I did through prayer and sacrifice. I want every soul to praise Divine mercy, for everyone experiences the effects of that mercy personally” (Diary, 745).

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 Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, 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.

Such is the title of the 26th 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: “The loss of every soul fills Me with mortal sadness. You always bring Me comfort whenever you pray for sinners. The prayers I find most pleasing are prayers for the conversion of sinful souls; know, O My daughter, that such prayers are always heard.” (Diary, 1397). Saint Faustina responds: “God will not refuse me anything when I beg Him by His Son’s voice. My sacrifice is nothing of itself, but when I unite it with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, it becomes omnipotent and has the power to propitiate God’s wrath” (Diary, 482).

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 Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, 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.

On November 22, at St. Joachim’s Cathedral in Rome (Prati district), another meeting of the community of the Faustinum Apostles of Divine Mercy Association will be held, under this year’s theme: “The Mission of Mercy”. The topic of the meeting, which will be hosted by Sisters from the Roman community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, will be “The mystery of God’s mercy”. The meeting agenda includes Holy Mass and communal Adoration of the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

The Sisters from the community of our Congregation in Washington, D.C., organize the next “Evening with Merciful Jesus” on November 22nd at the John Paul II National Shrine. The meeting will continue the series titled “Created to love”, and devoted to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  The meeting will be hosted by Jan Grabowski, PhD, an expert in moral theology, marriage, sexuality, and bioethics. His third presentation will concern ways of helping those who are struggling with their identity and being there for them. You can join the event online atwww.jp2shrine.org/youtube. The lecture will be followed by Adoration of the Lord Jesus and a meet-up with refreshments.

“Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover the new quality of life in friendship with the merciful Lord Jesus.

 

Such is the title of the 24th 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: “Oh, if only sinners knew My mercy, they would not be perishing in such large numbers. Tell sinful souls not to be afraid to come to Me, tell them of My great mercy” (Diary, 1396). Saint Faustina responds. “Let no one doubt in the goodness of God; even if his sins should be as black as night, God’s mercy is stronger than our wretchedness. All the sinner needs to do is to leave the door to his heart just a little ajar for the ray of grace of Divine mercy to enter, and God will do the rest” (Diary, 1507).

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 Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, 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.

Every evening in November, the Rosary for the Dead is prayed in the chapel with the image of the Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, as well as in all other chapels of the Congregation. Praying the Rosary with others in a church, a public chapel, with your family, or in a religious community or pious organization can gain you a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. In Poland a plenary indulgence can also be obtained by reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Prayer is a great good that those still living on Earth can offer to those who have already departed from it and are expecting our aid, as they cannot help themselves anymore. Mercy rendered to the dead, like any good done to others, is also the wealth of those who practice it.

Sister Faustina put this question to her deceased sisters while walking by the convent’s cemetery in Krakow-Łagiewniki. She received the following answer: We are happy in the measure that we have fulfilled God’s will (Diary, 515 and 518). Afterwards, the Saint meditated at length on how she was fulfilling the will of God and how she was using the time of her earthly life. This is something to think about when we visit the graves of our loved ones at this time of the year. Every cemetery contains unusual life stories of many people and at the same time it reminds us of the transience of human life, provoking thoughts on its meaning and purpose. Through the life of St. Faustina and her mystical experience, God, who wants happiness for every human being in both this and eternal life, reminds us in a powerful way where happiness lies and how to achieve it.