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At first blush it may seem that the Devotion to the Divine Mercy is only a form of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart and that the devotions do not differ considerably. Upon a cursory reading of Sister Faustina’s 'Diary’, in which the Heart of Jesus is frequently mentioned, one can be confirmed in this belief. However, a theological analysis of the work clearly differentiates between the two Devotions, which are so popular in the Church. The Rev. Professor I. Różycki carried out such an analysis and, on the basis of it he showed fundamental differences between the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the one to the Divine Mercy. They differ as regards the object of veneration: who and what is worshipped, the essence of the Devotions and the privileged time – the time to which certain promises are attached.

As regards the Devotion to the Divine Mercy, the mercy of the entire Holy Trinity is the object of the veneration itself, whereas as regards the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus – it is the Divine Person of the Son of God Incarnate.

As far as the Devotion to the Divine Mercy is concerned, the image of the Merciful Jesus is venerated – the one painted according to the vision that Sister Faustina had in Płock on the 22nd February, 1931, whereas as regards the other devotion – the human, 'physical’ Heart of Jesus is worshipped.

 Trust is the essence of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy, whereas reparation is the essence of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

3p.m. – every day – (the moment of Jesus’ agony on the cross) and the Feast of Mercy – on the first Sunday after Easter – this is the privileged time as far as the Devotion to the Divine Mercy is concerned, whereas as regards the Devotion to the Sacred Heart the privileged time is on first Fridays of every month and on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

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 June: For the protection of children from demoralization and for necessary graces for young people, so that they are not tempted by easy happiness, but will make life choices according to Gospel values.

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.

On June 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., another Evening with Merciful Jesus will take place. Sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. This time, a conference on the new evangelization after the pandemic and on how to reach the young generation with the message of Mercy will be delivered by Fr. Paweł Sass, the provost of the Nativity Parish in Washington, D.C. After the speech and the Adoration of the Lord Jesus, the participants will finally be able to gather for tea.

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 June 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 www.saint-faustina.org.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the Polish national television TVP are now making a series one-minute video clips with the message of Mercy from Jesus, as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina. The message reveals the merciful love of God and urges us to respond to it with the attitude of trust in God, and doing His will, as well as  doing good for our neighbors by deed, word and prayer. This is why each episode will be a dialog between Jesus and St. Faustina. The screenplay was written by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M. The narrators are Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna. The music was written by Paweł Bębenek.

The first 10 episodes will be showed by TVP1, TVP3, and our website, www.faustyna.pl. Search for “spoty filmowe”.

Shalom World television will join the transmission of the prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, led by the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki on May, 23. The TV station also broadcasts daily Mass and other services celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina. Shalom World is a US-based Catholic television company sharing the peace of Christ around the world. Its three branches: Shalom World North America, Shalom World Europe, and Shalom World Australia have about 8 million viewers in 140 countries around the world.

Prayer at the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet from the Łagiewniki Shrine are available from already 12 Catholic radio stations and several television stations, including: TVP 3, TVP 1 and TVP Vilnius, EWTN Polska, Giovanni Paolo TV and on our YouTube channel. Online broadcasting and TVP retransmission are available at www.faustyna.pl in 8 languages, and in our Faustyna.pl mobile application  in 7 languages.

At www.saint-faustina.org a pdf file containing our leaflet entitled Jesus’ Message of Mercy Leaflet is now available in Romanian. It contains the key quotations by Lord Jesus recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina, which concern the message of Mercy He provided for the Church and the world. The Message was a gift from St. John Paul II for the third millennium of the faith, so that people can get to know the true face of God and the true face of man better. The introduction and quotes from the Diary have been prepared by Aghi Moulas in consultation with Fr. Tadeusz Rostworowski, S.J., translator of St. Faustina’s work into Romanian. Romanian is the 16th language in which the Jesus’ Message of Mercy leaflet is shared for non-commercial spread of the Message of Mercy.

Such is the theme of the young women’s retreat to be held on June 18-20 at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Gdansk. The retreat will be provided by  Fr. Łukasz Grelewicz, Sr. M. Pauletta Gójska from the Gdansk community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the Woman is Divine community. Conferences, talks, and above all, spending time alone with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may help retreat participants make one of the most important decisions of their lives. If you fall in love with God, then whatever you choose in life will be good, the retreat organizers assure.

The annual retreat for members and volunteers of the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy will be held at the Jesuit retreat house in Prešov, Slovakia, from June 18-20 this year, under the theme of “Scandalous mercy”. Jesuit Fathers from Prešov and Sr. M. Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy will provide the retreat.

This Sunday, 20 June, Sister Weronika Trojanowska of the Płock community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will be sharing the message of Divine Mercy at the parish of John the Baptist in Szwelice. At the invitation of Father Marek Dyga, the parish priest, she will do so during four Holy Masses as part of the parishioners’ spiritual preparation for the dedication of a Merciful Jesus statue. This will also be an opportunity to promote jubilee books, which are a contribution to the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy being built on the grounds of the Płock convent.

Sister Faustina is one of the best known and venerated saints of our time. Many churches and chapels were built under her patronage in Poland and around the world. Some of them can be viewed at: www.saint-faustina.org, but not all of them. We may add to this list with new submissions, which should be sent via the form located on the website under the tab: Saint Faustina – Churches – in Poland – Throughout the World. Please submit horizontal photos (from your camera or cell phone) in .PDF format and contact information for your church or parish. This may be taken into consideration when seeking to grant the title of Doctor of the Church to Sister Faustina.

 

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki is a special site, where, as St. Faustina passed away, God laid up her entire spiritual inheritance, including the message of Mercy, with which He sent her “to all mankind”. Thus, as St. John Paul II said, it is spreading across the world. That is why Łagiewniki is one of the world’s leading shrines in terms of the number of countries from which pilgrims come to visit.

In the Łagiewniki convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, St. Faustina experienced many extraordinary encounters with Jesus, the Blessed Mother, angels, saints and souls suffering in purgatory. It was here that she mystically experienced an extraordinary union with the Triune God and saw heaven and hell. In her Diary, a pearl of mystical literature and the most translated book from Polish, she recorded more than 280 such extraordinary encounters, which happened not only in the chapel but in practically every part of the Shrine. The Łagiewniki Shrine is therefore a place of revelations. It is also a place of miracles and thousands of graces, which people are asking for at the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and at the tomb of the Apostle of Merciful Jesus in the convent chapel.

This unique place on the map of the world is on the list of the Get to know Poland project of the Minister of National Education, Przemysław Czarnek, who wrote in a letter to teachers: I would like young people, who will be the ones to decide the fate of our country, to know Polish culture, respect the language and national heritage, and above all, grow up with a sense of pride in being Polish. Thanks to the funds allocated for this project under the Polish Deal government program, the bodies running public and non-public schools will receive co-financing of up to 80 per cent of the total cost of the trips.

Such is the title of the long-awaited formation manual for apostles of Divine Mercy, published by the Misericordia book company. It concerns the mission of St. Faustina, and it was prepared by Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy.

The first part of the book is devoted to the spirituality and mission of. St. Faustina, at the center of which there is the most beautiful mystery of our faith – the mercy of God. Its study and contemplation lead not only to a friendly relationship with God, but also generate and develop in us an attitude of trust in Him and of sacrificial love of our neighbors, as well as a desire to share this gift with all those we meet along the paths of our lives. The second part deals with the devotion to Divine Mercy in the forms that Jesus provided to St. Faustina. It contains not only an interpretation of the correct understanding, practice and preaching of this devotion, but also many practical tips and answers to frequently asked questions on top of associated interesting facts.

The book will gradually be translated from Polish into other languages.

The different language versions of www.faustyna.pl have been given new forms for submitting your testimonies. This allows our visitors to share their faith and experience of God’s mercy in their lives, or the graces which they have obtained for others. The testimonies will be published on the website only after the administrator’s approval. They will not only help build the faith of those who share them, but also those who will read them. Prayer requests should be entered via the intentions form. Intentions are included in prayers in the chapel of the grace-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina, at the Hour of Mercy (3 pm) and during recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

 

Under this title, a book by Sr. Miriam Janiec from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has been published by the Misericordia publishing company as another manual for the first year of formation in the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy. The Author states in the Introduction:  Let My mercy work in you, in your poor soul (Diary, 1486). These are the words that Jesus addresses to each one of us today, because He wishes to lead us along paths of trust and mercy until we are completely conformed to Him, as He had His beloved Daughter. If you feel that this is your path, if you are drawn to and fascinated by the mystery of God’s mercy, or if you simply want to know it better, I invite you to join me on this journey together with the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The book is accompanied by a workbook with exercises for each topic discussed. It is intended to help you make a personal commitment to formation in Sister Faustina’s school of spirituality. The book is available for purchase at the shop of the Misericordia publishing company and at the secretariat of the Faustinum Association of Apostles of Divine Mercy at the Łagiewniki Shrine.

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!

On the website of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles and its You Tube channel, conferences and testimonies from the Fifth International Apostles of Divine Mercy Congress are available. The event took place in the Łagiewniki Shrine on October 2-5, 2021 using the Polish, English, Spanish and Italian languages. Conferences on celebrating mercy in the Holy Sacraments, the Word of God and in everyday life were preached by Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, Bishop Robert Chrząszcz, Bishop Artur Ważny, Fr Krzysztof Wons S.D.S., PhD, Fr. Rafał Jarosiewicz, and Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The Congress was organized by the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. The patrons of the Congress were Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Metropolitan Bishop of Krakow, and Mother Petra Kowalczyk, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.

On December 8th,  the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Rabka, a ceremony of admission to postulate will be held for candidates. After the religious ceremonies, Holy Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Rafał Radwański in the chapel of the convent in the intention of the postulants.

The period of postulancy is the first trial in religious life. It is intended, first of all, to gradually introduce new sisters into the life of the Congregation, and also to complement and extend their religious knowledge, to shape the culture of coexistence with others according to the etiquette, to develop the practice of natural virtues and to facilitate a closer familiarization with the life and apostolic mission of the Congregation. This is achieved through attending lectures  and study, but also through prayer and work in the community of sisters.

On June 19th at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the 2nd National Congress of the Faustinum Association of the Apostles of Divine Mercy will take place. Let us become formed by the Merciful Lord. We want to realize anew who our Formator is and what the purpose of our formation in the Association is, in order to allow God to work within us and through us even more, the organizers say. The event will also be an opportunity for the participants to get to know each other, to exchange experiences, to present the individual formation communities and to present new formation proposals. The convention is part of the 25th anniversary of the establishment and activities of the Faustinum Association.

On 12-13 June, Sr. Klara and Sr. Faustia from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be sharing the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary of Sister Faustina with the faithful at the parish church of St. Masymilian Kolbe in Nowa Wieś near Kęty. The parish has already received relict of St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy.

On June 7th, the 24th anniversary of the first pilgrimage made by Pope John Paul II to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be celebrated. The Pope prayed in front of the grace-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of (then Blessed) Sister Faustina. He also gave a short speech in which he conveyed many important matters. He said that nothing is more necessary to man than the Mercy of God. The pope added, that he took the message of Mercy from this place to the Holy See and that it shaped the image of his pontificate. He thanked for being able to fulfill the wish of Jesus concerning the introduction of the Feast of Mercy in Poland. In a special message addressed the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, he encouraged them in their charismatic apostolic ministry, entrusted to him by Sister Faustina.

On June 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. 682 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 June at 7.30 pm at the shrine of the Pregnant Holy Mother in Matemblewo. Live stream: www.facebook.com/modlitwaopotomstwo 

On 3 June, Thursday, the Church is celebrating the feast of Feast of Corpus Christi (Corpus Domini). Holy Mass at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be celebrated according to the Sunday schedule. Before noon, the procession of Corpus Christi will set out from the Wawel Hill to the Market Square in Krakow. In the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, the Corpus Christi procession will start after Holy Mass at 3.20 p.m. and will proceed from the basilica to the chapel with the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St Faustina.

Such is the title of a theatrical play based on excerpts from the Diary of St. Faustina and quotes by St. John Paul II, which will premiere this May 30th at the Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatic Theater’s small stage. The author of the monodrama is Barbara Misiun, who was inspired by the life of the Apostle of Divine Mercy and by the anniversary of the start of her mission started in Płock 90 years ago. The play was prepared for this anniversary, but due to the pandemic its premiere was postponed until the end of May.

May 27th is the 15th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. The Holy Father prayed before the grace-famous painting of Merciful Jesus and at the tomb of St. Faustina, in the chapel of Perpetual Adoration, and in the Basilica he met with the sick, who – as he said – are the most eloquent witnesses of God’s Mercy and have an active part in the salvation of the world. On a general audience in Rome, he recalled this pilgrimage to the Shrine in Łagiewniki: I had the opportunity to point out that only Divine Mercy illuminates the mystery of man. Contemplating the illuminating wounds of the risen Christ, Sister Faustina Kowalska received a message of trust to humanity, the message of God’s Mercy This message is indeed the main message of our time: mercy as God’s power and as the boundary for the evils of the whole world.

It is a tradition in Poland that Catholics gather in every church and even at small roadside shrines in May to celebrate “Majówki” – a special kind of devotion to the Virgin Mary, during which the Litany of Loreto is sung. At the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, the May devotions are celebrated in the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina every day at 7:00 pm and on Sundays and other holidays at 6:30 pm. You can also join in the prayer online, at /www.saint-faustina.org

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 May: For children and youth so that they nurture the spirit of faith, hope and love and for new vocations to God’s service in the Church.

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.

Saint Faustina is commonly associated with her revelations of Merciful Jesus and not so much with ones of the Virgin Mary. However, she experienced tens of such revelations. While She conversed with Sister Faustina, Mary revealed to her the mystery of Divine Mercy in her own life. She also instructed, reassured and accompanied the Saint in her prophetic mission of Mercy. She told her: Out of the depths of God’s Mercy, I am your Mother (Diary, 449) and I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy, and your Mother (Diary, 330).

The Blessed Virgin was, for Sister Faustina, primarily the Mother of the Son of God – the Embodiment of Mercy – and thanks to the Divine Mercy, also the mother of every human being. As the caring best Mother of all and a Mistress of spiritual life, she instructed her regarding the contemplation of God in her soul, regarding obedience to the will of God, the art of lovingly accepting one’s own cross and concern for the virtues that condition the attitude of trust in God and mercy towards our fellow human beings. I saw the Mother of God, Sister Faustina noted, who said to me, “Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace! I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for mercy. If you keep silent now, you will be answering for a great number of souls on that terrible day. Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. I sympathize with you” (Diary 635).

Sister Faustina’s Diary was first translated into Arabic and published as a beautiful book edition by the Center for Information of the Catholic Conference of the Episcopate of Lebanon in 1999. In 2012, the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Jerusalem also issued an edition in that language. On Mercy Sunday in 2021, the Diary in Arabic translation was made available in an online edition at: https://mariantime.org/كتاب-الرحمة-الإلهية-في-داخلي-pdf/.

It can also be found on the website of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and in our Faustyna.pl mobile app for Android and iOS. The full text of the Diary is additionally available in Polish, English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Slovak and Russian. The Polish-language site also features a concordance, which allows you to quickly search for excerpts of the book.

In the Diary Sister Faustina described her spiritual life, which was exceptionally profound, culminating in union with God in mystical marriage with Jesus. She wrote how deeply she came to know the mystery of the Divine Mercy and how she contemplated it in her daily life. She also wrote about her struggle against the weakness of human nature and the difficulties she came up against in carrying out her prophetic mission. Above all, the Diary contains the message of God’s merciful love for humankind, which Sister Faustina was required to pass on to the Church and the world. This makes her Diary a special work, as the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, said, “the gospel of mercy written from the 20th-century perspective.”