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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.”

After the Ascension of the Lord, this year on May 17th (Monday), in Poland (and in all those countries where the Ascension is celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter), the six-day prayer preparation for the Feast of Pentecost begins. In the chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, prayer to the Holy Spirit will be combined with evening worship at 7 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. You can also attend via online streaming to implore for the light and gifts of the Holy Spirit so needed to develop a supernatural life. May the Holy Spirit lead us to a full knowledge of Jesus, reveal to us the depth of His merciful love, teach us to perceive His presence and action in our daily lives and shape our lives in a spirit of trust in God and mercy towards our neighbors.

 

On May 22th, at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., another Evening with Merciful Jesus will take place. Sisters from the DC community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will host the event. This time, the conference of the evening will be delivered by Sr. Gaudia Skass, who will be speaking about the many faces of solitude. Solitude and loneliness are affecting many people, and it has been made even worse by the pandemic. Sister Gaudia’s conference will also discuss other experiences of aloneness which is desired by people who are seeking God. Each such experience carries a potential for good and the depth of the encounter with God. Sister Gaudia will share the fruits of her endeavors, referring especially to the experience of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II. After the speech and Adoration of the Lord Jesus, the participants will finally be able to gather for tea and kremówka (Polish cream pie) to celebrate the 101th birthday of St. John Paul II.

On May 22, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki a prayerful watch before the feast of the Pentecost will be held. It will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Fr. Krzysztof Wons, S.D.S., and will end with Holy Mass at midnight. Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will hold the vigil. Those who cannot come to the Shrine in Łagiewniki can join in the prayers through the video stream at www.milosierdzie.pl.

On May 18th, faithful across Australia and Oceania will join in prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm for the 4 time. The action is the fruit of the Congress of Divine Mercy held in Melbourne in 2018 and involves joining in prayer twice a year: on May 18, which is the anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, and on September 13—the anniversary of the revelation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, above all, by the faithful of Australia and Oceania. Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. Also Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have joined in this prayerful action. On May 18th, all those participating will pray for the following intentions:

  • For all those who will soon be ordained priests, that they may be zealous stewards of God’s Mercy
  • For the strengthening of faith and the revival of common prayer in families
  • For the repentance and the conversion of preachers of anti-Christian pseudo-values
  • Merciful Jesus, stop the spread of the pandemic COVID19 virus in our region and around the world
  • Merciful Jesus, show us your strength, embrace us in your protection and hear the cry of the powerless and suffering united in this prayer
  • Let us also pray for our own intentions.

More information and how to join: www.worldchaplet.org

 

When the Congregation chose Mary for the Heavenly Superior General, St. Faustina had a vision where she saw all the sisters covered under Mary’s coat and heard the words of a great promise: “Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory, and I desire that each one distinguish herself by the following virtues: humility and meekness; chastity and love of God and neighbor; compassion and mercy”. After these words, the whole Congregation disappeared from my sight, and I remained alone with the Most Holy Mother who instructed me about the will of God and how to apply it to my life, submitting completely to His most holy decrees. It is impossible for one to please God without obeying His holy will. “My daughter, I strongly recommend that you faithfully fulfill all God’s wishes, for that is most pleasing in His holy eyes. I very much desire that you distinguish yourself in this faithfulness in accomplishing God’s will. Put the will of God before all sacrifices and holocausts” (Diary, 1244).

On Sunday, May 9nd, Sr. Zacheusza and Sr. Norberta from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be sharing the message of Mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina in the collegiate basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Miechów, in preparation for the solemn introduction St. Faustina’s relics to the parish.

On May 8 we will be celebrating the 153th anniversary of the establishment, by Mother Teresa Ewa Countess Potocki nee Sułkowski, of the first house of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow. The sisters became involved in the education of girls and women in need of deep moral renewal, first in the „House of Mercy” at the Church of Divine Mercy at Smoleńsk street, and then in the convent at the crossroads of Zwierzyniecka and Straszewskiego (now occupied by Hotel Radisson). Since 1891, the convent’s house has been in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Today, the sisters are performing more than their original work, being also involved in the mission of St. Faustina to proclaim the message of Mercy to the world. They do this not only at the Shrine of Divine Mercy among the pilgrims from around the world, but also through many new works: the Association of Divine Mercy Apostles „Faustinum”, the publishing company „Misericordia”, the quarterly magazine „Orędzie Miłosierdzia”, the website available in 8 languages, the online broadcasts from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and the tomb of St. Faustina, the perpetual Chaplet, the Chaplet for the dying, presence in the media, social networking, visits to parishes in Poland and abroad, participation in symposia and conferences devoted to the Mercy of God and the heritage of St. Faustina, etc. Their ministry, even the most implicit, includes the proclamation of the message of the merciful Love of God to man.

April 30th is the 21th anniversary of the canonization of Sr. Faustina Kowalska from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, an apostle of Divine Mercy. Her canonization took place at St. Peter’s Square in Rome and at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki in the year 2000. Saint Faustina described the event with details more than 60 years earlier, at the end of March 1937 (Diary, 1044-1048). Whoever participated in these events knows that her vision was fulfilled accurately. On that day, the Holy Father John Paul II introduced the Feast of Divine Mercy for the whole Church and provided it with the message of Mercy as articulated by St. Faustina for the third millennium of our faith. You can find out more the testimony of miraculous healing which was tested for the canonization, a description of the event and the canonization homily of the Holy Father at faustyna.pl. We give daily thanks for this “gift of God our time”, as St. Faustina and the message of Mercy which she provided us with were called by St. John Paul II. Millions of people around the world are joining in St. Faustina’s prophetic mission of proclaiming the biblical truth about the merciful Love of God to the world through the witness of life, deeds, words and prayer, creating the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy, which is the “new congregation” as demanded by Jesus. May the anniversary of the Apostle of Divine Mercy’s canonization be an opportunity for us not only to give thanks, but also to explore the abundant heritage of the Saint.

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”. A detailed intention for April is prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, the necessary graces for the sick and those fighting the Covid-19 virus, as well as for the spiritual rebirth of mankind and its confident turn towards God’s Mercy.

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.

In April in all the chapels of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, including the one of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions in honor of Divine Mercy will take place, during which the Litany of Divine Mercy will be recited. The words of the litany were written down by St. Faustina in her Diary and her Vilnius confessor, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, composed the prayer on this basis. Praying with her words, we not only praise God’s Mercy, but also get to know the mystery of God’s merciful Love more, which accompanies man in all the dimensions of his earthly life, accompanying him always and everywhere.

Since Mercy Sunday 2021, video broadcasting of the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel has been available at the website of the Kraków-Łagiewniki Shrine of Divine Mercy Rectorate, www.milosierdzie.pl. For 24 hours a day, you can adore the Lord Jesus, worship and give thanks for His mercies, as well as ask graces for yourself, your loved ones and the world. Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Łagiewniki Shrine began on 3 April 2005. On this occasion, Pope John Paul II wrote, a few days before his death: I am glad that this Sunday perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at the Shrine. There is nothing that makes the work of mercy accomplished through the Cross and the Resurrection present like the Eucharistic presence of the Lord. Let this presence be a source of strength and hope for all pilgrims.

The presentation of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina at the Łagiewniki Shrine has been available by daily video broadcasting for many years now at www.saint-faustina.org

 

On Sunday, April 25th, Sr. M. Faustyna, Sr. Clareta and Sr. Faustia from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be sharing the message of Mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina with the faithful at the historic church of St. Bartholomew in Niedzica. The Message of Mercy will be proclaimed in Polish and Slovak, because the church, located at the Polish border crossing with Slovakia, offers services also in the Slovak language.

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 April 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.

On Sunday, April 18, the 5th National Bible Reading will take place, this time selected texts from the Gospel according to St. Mark. Ceremonial celebration led by Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the metropolitan of Krakow, with the participation of invited teachers, will take place at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at 7.00 a.m and will be broadcasted together with the Eucharist by TVP1 and on the website: www.faustyna.pl, You Tube and on mobile applications: faustyna.pl . Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the EPP and Mateusz Morawiecki, president of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland took the patronage over the event.

April 18 is the 28th anniversary of the beatification of Sister Faustina. Therefore, it is an excellent opportunity to thank God for her life, her school of spirituality, her prophetic mission to remind the world of the biblical truth about God’s merciful love for man and to proclaim it with a new strength through the witness of life in a spirit of trust in God and mercy towards others, word and prayer. Today, there is no country left in the world without an image of Merciful Jesus painted according to the vision she had in Płock. The Feast of Mercy has been inscribed in the liturgical calendar of the universal Church, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, dictated by the Lord Jesus in Vilnius, is recited even in tribal languages ​​on tiny islands in the oceans, and prayer is increasingly practiced at the moment when Jesus died on the cross, called the Hour Mercy as more and more people join in spreading the message of Mercy, creating today a multi-million movement of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.

 

On April 18th, Sr. Zacheusza from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be sharing the message of Mercy recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina with the faithful at the parish of Mary Queen of Poland in Michałowice near Krakow. The church already has relics of St. Faustina and now the parishioners will be diving deep into her spiritual legacy.

On the octave of the Resurrection, the greatest feast of the Catholic Church, ends on the Feast of Divine Mercy, widely called the Mercy Sunday. Jesus demanded the establishment of the feast when He revealed Himself to St. Faustina, repeatedly expressing His desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy: He said: I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. (Diary, 699). On this day, we can receive the grace of washing of regeneration (one of the graces of baptism), but also obtain many other graces and earthly blessings, if they are in accordance with the will of God. The condition is a pure heart without attachment to sin and the attitude of trust in God, which is the desire to do His will and active love of one’s neighbors. The only vessel for drawing the graces is trust, as Jesus taught St. Faustina, because God’s Mercy has no limits and the joy of God is to give much – very much. Such is the Merciful Love we can get to know better and venerate as we celebrate the holiday. Click here to learn more about the Feast and its history in the Church.

The Feast of Mercy, in accordance with the wishes of Jesus expressed to St. Faustina and the decisions of the Holy Father John Paul II, is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter (this year it is April 11). The central ceremony held at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. They will be preceded by a novena of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy made on Good Friday, and a night vigil which starts in the Basilica on Saturday at 9:00 pm. Sunday Masses at the Shrine of Divine Mercy will be the celebrated according to the following program:

6:00 am – Fr. Andrzej Tarasiuk (basilica).

7:00 am – Bp Jan Zając (chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina – transmission in TVP 1 ).

8:00 am – Bp Damian Muskus (basilica).

10:00 am – Bp Marek Jędraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow (field altar in front of the basilica – transmission in TVP 1).

12:00 – Holy Mass in English of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina.

12:30 pm – Bp Roman Pindel (basilica).

3:00 pm – Hour of Mercy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Rector of the Shrine and the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy (basilica).

4:00 pm – Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz (basilica).

5:00 pm – Holy Mass in Spanish of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina.

6:00 pm – Bp Robert Chrząszcz (basilica).

7:00 pm Holy Mass in English Fr. Grzegorz Zembroń, M.S. (chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina).

Masses from the basilica, the Hour of Mercy prayer (3:00 pm), and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be broadcast by TV Milosierdzie at the website of our Rectory, www.milosierdzie.pl, whereas Holy Mass at 7:00 pm and visitation of the Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina by pilgrims will be live streamed at www.faustyna.pl.

This year, due to the pandemic and sanitary regime, the pilgrims who usually flocked to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy to celebrate the novena before the Feast of Mercy and to attend the services on this feast, will only be able to connect with us spiritually, and through radio and television broadcasts.

Eve of the Feast of Mercy

“Ways of Mercy” service will be broadcast by the TVP3 channel nationwide and on the Rectory’s website at www.milosierdzie.pl. From 9 pm, nightly vigil will be held before the Feast of Mercy. Live broadcast will be available at the Rectory’s website, www.milosierdzie.pl.

Feast of Divine Mercy

Holy mass at 7 am and 10 am, as well as the 3 pm celebration of the Hour of Mercy and Adoration with the Chaplet, will be broadcast on TVP1 and TVP3.

Other Masses from the chapel of the miracle-famous Divine Mercy image and from the Basilica will be streamed live at www.faustyna.pl and the Rectory’s site, www.milosierdzie.pl.

On the Feast of Divine Mercy, April 11th. Marek Jędraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow, will bless more Bells of Hope, this time for the islands of Samoa and Tonga, which will remind of the message of Mercy, provided to the world by Saint 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 first Bells of Hope were dedicated last year for Brazil and the Phillipines. The bells for Oceania have been funded by the faithful from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Melbourne, Australia.

On April 11, the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Kielce will be officially introducing relics of St. Faustina. In preparation for this event, on April 9-11, Sr. Clareta Fečova and Sr. Klara Domańska from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will be sharing the gift of the message of Mercy and the school of the Apostle’s of Divine Mercy spirituality.

This year, the Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated differently than ever before because of the pandemic and the inability of sacramental confession and participation in the Eucharist. This gives rise to many questions: how can one fully experience this Mercy Sunday? How do you receive the graces promised by Jesus on this holiday?

The external circumstances of celebrating the solemnity have changed, but the conditions for enjoying the graces connected with it have not. And this is what matters the most. We do not know, and we cannot be certain that by receiving Holy Communion spiritually we will surely receive the grace of complete absolution if all our sins and punishment (we never have such certainty, anyway). However, we can be sure that God desires to grant us His mercy and perfectly knows the limitations under which we live now. To give much, very much, is His joy, as He asserted St. Faustina. The barrier that limits God’s generosity in providing mercy is on the human side, and it is the lack of vessels of trust. This is the only vessel, as Jesus said, to access His graces.

So, what can we do this year on the Feast of Mercy? Let’s do what we always have, that is, seek an attitude of trust in the Lord, accept and do God’s will in the circumstances in which we live, in the restrictions we are experiencing, in the calls we must take every day. This is not only a matter of an attitude of trust in the Lord, which is expressed in the fulfillment of His will, but also an attitude of mercy towards others, and to this we now have plenty of opportunities, especially towards our loved ones, in our professional and social service, and in every field of human existence. If we cannot participate in sacramental confession (as is most often the case now), one must awaken perfect contrition for our sins and receive Jesus in spiritual Communion. Leave the rest to God. He, as the best Father, knows what is needed and by whom, and He will give it freely if we have the very disposition to be open to His will and to those graces which He wishes to give us.

 

In a situation when we cannot participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are particularly encouraged to practice perfect contrition, that comes from our love of God. Saint Faustina was involved in this practice of awakening perfect contrition every day. She made a pledge in her Diary: I will practice contrition, not only during confession, but during every self-examination, and I will arouse within myself an act of perfect contrition, especially when I am going to bed (Diary, 377). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: Repentance (also called contrition) must be inspired by motives that arise from faith. If repentance arises from love of charity for God, it is called “perfect” contrition; if it is founded on other motives, it is called “imperfect” (CCC, 1492).

 

Spiritual Holy Communion is a well-known practice and was often taken advantage of by great saints. Also St. Faustina experienced such days and weeks in her life when she could not receive Holy Communion. She writes in her Diary about how she felt about such moments:.

Today the doctor decided that I am not to go to Mass, but only to Holy Communion. I wanted very much to assist at Mass, but my confessor, in agreement with the doctor, told me to obey. “It is God’s will, Sister, that you should get well, and you must not undertake mortifications of any kind. Be obedient, Sister, and God will reward you for it.” I felt that the confessor’s words were Jesus’ words, and although it made me sad to miss Holy Mass, during which God had been granting me the grace of seeing the Infant Jesus; nevertheless, I placed obedience above everything else. I became absorbed in prayer and said my penance. Then I suddenly saw the Lord, who said to me, My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications. Oh, how good it is to live under obedience, to live conscious of the fact that everything I do is pleasing to God! (Diary, 894).

Now, when we cannot be present at Mass, the Church recommends the spiritual Holy Communion. In preparation to receive Jesus in a spiritual way excerpts of St. Faustina’s Diary may be helpful. Like this one:

                     I go out to meet Him, and I invite Him to the dwelling place of my heart, humbling myself profoundly before His majesty. But the Lord lifts me up from the dust and invites me, as His bride, to sit next to Him and to tell Him everything that is on my heart. And I, set at east by His kindness, lean my head on His breast and tell Him of everything. In the first place, I tell Him things would never tell to any creature. And then, I speak about the needs of the Church, about the souls of poor sinners and about how much they have need of His mercy. But the time passes quickly. Jesus, I must go t carry out the duties that are awaiting me. Jesus tells me that there is still a moment in which to say farewell. Deep mutual gaze, and we seemingly separate for while; but, in reality, we never do. Our hearts are constantly united. Though outwardly I am distracted b my various duties, the presence of Jesus plunges me constantly in profound recollection (Diary, 1806).

On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, 2021, an English Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, Poland at 12 noon (Central European Summer Time zone). A Jesuit priest, Fr. Andrzej Sarnacki, SJ, will preside at this Mass. Taking part in the liturgy are some English-speaking residents of Krakow, and some English-speaking sisters from the Kraków convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. At 12 noon every Sunday, the English Holy Mass is live streamed from the sister’s Chapel on the website: www.faustyna.pl on our YouTube channel: faustyna.pl and on your mobile App: Faustina.pl for android and iOS. You are most cordially invited to join us online:   https://www.saint-faustina.org/transmission-of-the-hour-of-mercy-and-the-chaplet/