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Such is the title of the English, Spanish, French and Italian book with 30-day program guidelines on how to entrust oneself to the merciful God through Mary. It is a translation of the book which was written on the basis of Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina by Sr. Miriam Janiec from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Selected quotations are intended as prompts for personal prayer and meditation and that will lead the reader towards inner healing and freedom of heart, and thus to an attitude of trust in God and becoming more and more merciful like Him. In addition to the meditation prompts, the book also contains daily prayers of trust, inviting to entrusting oneself, day after day, as our human life goes on. The proposed spiritual path eventually leads us to complete entrustment of ourselves and our life into the hands of merciful Lord by making a solemn act of entrusting oneself to the merciful God through Mary.

You can download a file “Jesus' message of Mercy” at Faustyna.pl for the non-commercial spread of the message of Mercy, which St.  Faustina provided us with in her Diary. It contains the most important words of Jesus recorded by the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The pdf file has been translated into 15 languages. In 2020, it was shared 1242 times via faustyna.pl. The Spanish version was downloaded by the most (549) people, Polish by 156, English by 186, French by 142, Italian by 69, German by 69 and Russian by 19… In many cases, more than one language version was downloaded by the same individual.

Our website, www.faustyna.pl is holding Patrons draw for 2021. More than 170,000 people have already received their Helper from Heaven. As we know from their testimonies, the random Patrons are extremely responsive to the needs and life situations of people. It is worthwhile to have such a holy Company, as the Dwellers of Heaven are willing and helpful if we ask them to be so.

This year, Joanna writes, my Patron will be Bl. Bronisława of Poland. Initially, I was disappointed that she was not one of the “great saints” and at first I thought that I will have a lot of suffering. However, after reading who Blessed Bronisława was, and seeing my practice for this year, i.e. “I pray for the ability to endure daily hardship and suffering of everyday life…”, I discovered that this was exactly what I need. I cannot endure hardship and suffering, often finding myself running away from them. I saw that this practice and the patroness are a part of the way that Jesus leads me towards with His grace, and that this is a promise for me that the Lord will deliver me from my slavery, and that I can ask Him and Blessed Bronisława of Poland to give me the ability to go through this. Praise the Lord!

At the main entrance to the Shrine of Divine Mercy’s convent chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, a contactless stoup has been installed. Thanks to this, those entering to pray can once again use the holy water, and not only from the non-contact hand sanitizer dispenser. Holy water reminds us of baptism, in which we have been freed from sin, and emphasizes our belonging to Christ. It is a sign of the presence of God who purifies and sanctifies everything, and an outward symbol of our confession of faith and rejection of Satan.

On February 8, as on every eighth day of the month, the community of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk, Częstochowa, Kalisz and Kiekrz will support married couples praying for offspring. 563 of them are already expecting children, with many more already enjoying parenthood. Intentions asking for prayer for this purpose (names of married couples) can be sent by email at: www.modlitwaopotomstwo.pl.

The community of people praying for children led by Fr. Andrzej Wiecki and sisters of the Gdańsk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy cordially invite married couples trying to conceive to Adoration of Merciful Jesus with a prayer for healing, which will take place on 8 February at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.facebook.com/modlitwaopotomstwo 

On February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church. On this occasion, we can learn more about the gift of God’s mercy that is the vocation to live according to the values of chastity, poverty and obedience. It is a day of thanksgiving for each call to religious service and for the many gifts with which institutions of consecrated life have been bestowed. The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, thanks to the gifts received from the founder, Mother Teresa Potocka and the spiritual co-founder, St. Faustina Kowalska, are participating in the life and salvific mission of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the merciful love of God towards every human being by the witness of their lives, deeds, words and prayers. Priests and the laity also participate in this spirituality and apostolic mission of the Congregation in various ways. In particular, members and volunteers of the Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy, „Faustinum”, who come from more than 90 countries worldwide, are involved in this mission.

This is the motto of a presentation from Sr. Gaudia and Sr. Inga from the DC community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will be sharing the message of Divine Mercy in Lafayette, which is one of the largest cities in the state of Louisiana, USA, on 26-28 January.  The Sisters will visit three parishes on the consecutive evenings to proclaim Mercy in English and Spanish. Every evening, the conference will be followed by an hour of Adoration of Merciful Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, during which several priests will hear confessions from the faithful. During the day, the Sisters will meet with students from several high schools and one Catholic university.

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 10 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. Soon, it will also be available in the Faustyna.pl applications.

On Sunday, the octave of Christmas, which this year is December 27, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family, that is, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It is also a celebration of every human family, which, like the Family of Nazareth is the work of the Heavenly Father and is intended to lead people to Him, and to be faced with many difficulties in this earthly life. Today, in times of a massive attack on the family, the crisis of marriage and family life, the Holy Family shows a happy model of community life, in which the first place is the Lord God, and  relationships between people apply the principle of love and mutual trust.

On this day, we thank God’s Mercy in a special way for the gift of our families and ask for the necessary graces for those who are experiencing difficulties and crises, and for the conflicted and broken families we ask for the grace of reconciliation, mutual forgiveness, a return on the path of mutual love and imitation of the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In this intention, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, a daily Rosary is recited at 8:30 pm, and the second Saturday of the month at 5pm Holy Mass is celebrated. You can join in this prayer online at faustyna.pl where it is be broadcast.

 

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 2020, our website, www.faustyna.pl, recorded almost 15,500,000 views and over 2,015,000 visitors – including almost 1,026,000 Polish-language version users, over 230,000 English-speakers, over 276,000 Spanish-speaking, 51,000 Italian-speaking, 79,000 French-speaking, 52,000 German-speaking, 11,500 Russian-language, 11,300 Slovak-language and others. Thanks to our Contributors, IT specialists and Translators, updates were possible at all our language pages. The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to thank all the Cooperators, without whom this work could not be albe to grow, and all online Visitors, without whom this wonderful exchange in the provision of good could not take place and carry the message of Mercy and all spiritual heritage of Saint Faustina to the world. We wish you all that the New Year 2021 be rich in grace and mercy.

The online video broadcasting from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was accessed by over 3,000,000 Internet users in 2020. On average, 8200 users participated in liturgical and personal prayer at the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina in the liturgical and personal prayer.  The Full HD online vide broadcasting is available at: www.faustyna.pl and on the YouTube channel of Faustyna.pl, which is supported by the American Livestream company. The project is financially supported by donors, who are recommended in the prayers of the Congregation to Divine Mercy.

In 2020, 262 000 users accessed the Diary of St. Faustina in Polish and other languages at www.faustyna.pl.  All language versions are now available also for tablets and smart-phones. Daily quotations from the Diary have been subscribed by 1451 – in Polish, Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Russian and Slovak. Many users have also accessed the Diary Concordance function available in Polish.

The Patron draw is a very good idea. Everybody wins”, Łukasz wrote after drawing his Patron of the year at www.faustyna.pl. During the first six days in 2021, nearly 140,000 individuals – including almost 105,000 from Poland, almost 14,000 from Slovakia, and over 13,000 Spanish speaking users, have participated in the annual Patron draw. Also many French, Italian, German and Russian speaking visitors have joined. Many participated again, while others took part for the first time. Some of their testimonies are available at: Faustina.pl. “I just want share this joy”, Elżbieta wrote. “This is the first time that I took part in the Patron draw for 2021. Privately, I thought about St. Faustina, whose Diary I have recently read for a second time, this time delving deeply into its content. But the Lord pointed me, thanks to the Sisters, to St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of people engaged in the occupation which I have been involved for decades. It is a sign for me that I can and should accomplish something good in this field. Lord, please bless the Shrine in Łagiewniki in its work.” Everybody wins. You can draw your Patron throughout the year, whenever you need heavenly assistance.

Every day, from the chapel with the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Łagiewniki, prayer at the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy were broadcast online, by 12 radio stations and 4 television stations in Polish and Italian. Since 18 May 2020, the birthday of St. John Paul II, broadcasting of the Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy has been available from TVP3 nationwide, and since the first Sunday of the Advent, also on Saturdays and Sundays from TVP1. This is when the number of people participating in the prayer via TV reaches 1,100,000. The TV broadcasting, based on a written agreement between the parties (OLM and TVP) has been also made available at the Faustyna.pl website and all its language versions and applications for Android and iOS. This is also where you can access audio broadcast archive to listen to the recent prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet around the clock.

In 2020, the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, who are the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina, sent 62 particles of these relics (56 ex ossibus relics – bone – and 6 from her religious habit) to 15 countries around the world. In Europe, the Apostle of Divine Mercy in the sign of her relics went to 10 countries: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Ireland, Lithuania, Germany (5), Poland (37), Scotland, Switzerland and Italy (3).  In addition, she ventured to the US, Venezuela, and Panama), for the first time to Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and once again on the island of Guam located in the Pacific between Hawaii and the Philippines.  Saint Faustina in the sign of her relic is now present in 127 countries of the world on all continents, in 5,461 churches, shrines and chapels, where Divine Mercy is revered in a special way.

 

The super-high quality digital reproduction of miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was viewed at our website by almost 40,300 users in 2020. The digital image was downloaded for non-commercial purposes by over 384 users from 49 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Honduras, Mexico, India, Cameroon, Kenya, Colombia, Congo, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Israel, Arab Emirates, Oman, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Zambia, the USA and from many European countries, including England, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Italy.

The most important aspect of preparing for Christmas is concern about spiritual matters, so as to prepare for the new birth of the Son of God in your soul. This is why during this period we make a number of resolutions intended to organize our spiritual life, attend retreats and participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In many shrines of Divine Mercy, including the ones in Krakow-Łagiewniki and Plock, as well as in other churches, long lines are setting up for confession. Without this, preparations for Christmas will be deprived of the deepest joy that is the presence of God in your soul and they might become just two days off from work and an opportunity to give presents which fill you with joy only briefly. You do believe that God was born in a Bethlehem manger, but woe to you if He is not born in you, wrote the poet Adam Mickiewicz.

 

 

On December 23, in the parish of Christ of the Good Journey Church in Camagüey, Cuba at 7 pm, Sr. Filipina of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, together with catechists and children attending religious education there will present a nativity play titled “What happened when they met: Faith, Hope and Love”.

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 nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on December 22nd. In this year of formation, the young will meet at 7 pm for an evening of Divine Mercy veneration in front of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at at www.faustyna.pl.

Following the Bells of Hope initiative which was recently born at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Apostles of Divine Mercy in Australia would like to fund similar bells for Samoa and Tonga, to sound the message of mercy for the world from St. Faustina. The inhabitants of these two islands in Oceania are presently under terrible threat to their lives from the rising waters of the Pacific Ocean and also the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The bells cast in Poland and blessed at the Łagiewniki Shrine of Divine Mercy will be delivered to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Consumption in the capital city of Apia on Samoa, which is the home of the Divine Mercy Center in Oceania, the main coordinator of which is Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga, and to the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in the capital city of Nuku’alofa on Tongo, where the dynamic movement of Divine Mercy has many members and apostles of Divine Mercy, headed by Cardinal Saone Patita Paini Mafi. In mid-August 2021, in Apia, Samoa, the V World Congress of Divine Mercy Apostles will be hosted. For more information, visit https://gf.me/u/y22t6r

The Polish name for the votive Mass celebrating the Virgin Mary, celebrated in Advent is “roraty”. The name comes from the words of the introit which begins with: rorate caeli desuper – “Drop down ye heavens from above”. At the altar, a special candle decorated with a white ribbon is lit, symbolizing the Virgin, and the faithful hold lighted candles that illuminate the darkness inside the church while they are waiting for a sign of the coming of Christ. This candle is referred to as “roratka”. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy, this Mass is celebrated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6.30 am. Internet users can get involved in the prayer online at www.faustyna.pl.

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 for December: For a spiritually fruitful experience of Advent and Christmas for us and our families, as well as for the grace of conversion and confession for those who have long not used this sacrament to make Christmas happen in their hearts too.

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.

 

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.

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.

On December 16-18, an online Advent event titled “Merciful Father. I cast myself into Your arms, Father of Mercy”, which will be broadcast from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.

Over the next three years, the Advent retreats will be focused on exploring the mercy of the Holy Trinity. This year, we will be contemplating the mercy of the Father.

The online retreat, organized by the Faustinum Association, will be delivered by Fr. Dr. Stanislaw Witkowski, M.S., a La Salette Missionary, biblical scholar, preacher and spiritual director. According to the program, which will soon be available at www.faustinum.pl, you will find daily videos to be used as prompts for your personal prayer and meditation. The recordings of the conferences will remain on the website until the end of Advent, i.e., until December 23. After this date, you will be able to purchase a CD with MP3 recordings of the teachings.

On December 19 in Camagüey, at the mission house in the district of La Belén, Sr. Filipina of the community the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, together with the local Caritas, are organizing a Christmas party for children and their parents. The program includes workshops with a psychologist, singing carols and a festive meal.

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.