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On April 5, at the Turin Church of St. Christina, a formative meetup of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles Association will take place. This time the meeting will be hosted by Sister Emanuela Gemza from the Krakow community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The meeting agenda includes: Holy Mass with the veneration of the relics of St. Faustina, a conference on Merciful Jesus the Redeemer of man, and a meeting with refreshments.

Concern for the conversion of sinners. This is the greatest act of mercy, which has us keep in mind the eternal wellbeing of another human being. Sister Faustina, following Jesus’ example, even made the sacrifice of her life with this intention. The mystical experiences she met heaven, purgatory and hell, because she said that no sacrifice is too great to save a man for eternity. Jesus invited her – and through it well and us – to cooperate in the work of saving sinners, even those for which humanly speaking, there is no hope. Many times He asked: I thirst. I thirst for the salvation of souls. Help Me, My daughter, to save souls. Join your sufferings to My Passion; and offer them to the heavenly Father for sinners (Diary, 1032). The loss of each soul plunges Me into mortal sadness. You always console Me when you pray for sinners. The prayer most pleasing to Me; is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered (Diary, 1397).

At the invitation of Jesus, Sister Faustina responded generously: O Jesus, I want to bring souls to the fount of Your mercy to draw the reviving water of life with the vessel of trust. The soul desirous of more of God’s mercy should approach God with greater trust; and if her trust in God is unlimited, then the mercy of God toward it will be likewise limitless. O my God, Who know every beat of my heart, You know how eagerly I desire that all hearts would beat for You alone, that every soul glorify the greatness of Your mercy (Diary, 1489).

 

The 1st National Convention of the Faustinum Divine Mercy Apostles Association will be held in Loretto on April 1-3. The event will be attended by members and volunteers from all over Italy, as well as Sr. Emanuela Gemza from the Krakow community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, vice-President of Faustinum, and Sr. Wincenta Mąka from the Rome Center for Spirituality of Mercy. On the agenda: communal prayer, conferences, testimonies, sharing the experience of God’s mercy and apostolic service. On the last day of the Convention, there will be a ceremony of accepting new members into the Association and the entrusting of all Italian members and volunteers to Our Lady.

A retreat titled The Prophetic Message of Divine Mercy for Our Times will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Turlock from March 24 to 28. It will be delivered by Sr. Gaudia Skass and Sr. Grace from the DC community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. There is a vibrant Divine Mercy worship in this parish, which provides an opportunity to explore the message of Mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina, and Pope St. John Paul II gave the Church and the world for the third millennium, because only in the Mercy of God will the world find peace and man will find happiness. During the retreat there will be opportunities for confession, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, personal prayer in silence, communal Eucharist and Stations of the Cross.

Works of mercy.  This fast is what God desires. The following event in the life of St. Faustina is among the things which can convince us of it: The doctor did not allow me to go to the chapel to attend the Passion Service, although I had a great desire for it; however, I prayed in my own room. Suddenly I heard the bell in the next room, and I went in and rendered a service to a seriously sick person. When I returned to my room, I suddenly saw the Lord Jesus, who said, My daughter, you gave Me greater pleasure by rendering Me that service than if you had prayed for a long time. I answered, But it was not to You, Jesus, but to that patient that I rendered this service. And the Lord answered me, Yes, My daughter, but whatever you do for your neighbor, you do for Me (Diary, 1029).

Jesus instructed St. Faustina, and through her, all of us, that there are three ways to provide good to our neighbors: by deed, word, and prayer. He said: In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. (Diary, 742). Jesus asked Sister Faustina to do at least one act of mercy towards her neighbors during a day, and do it out of love for Him. This is the only wealth on earth that has eternal value. It makes us beautiful in our humanity and our Christian vocation, but also rich before God.

On March 27, Sr. Wincenta Mąka of the Roman community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will share the message of Mercy as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina with the faithful in the parish of Santa Maria di Sovereto in Terlizzi, province of Bari, during Sunday Mass. Separately, she will meet with Divine Mercy devotees to talk more about preparing for and living out the Feast of Divine Mercy and the great promises Jesus has tied to this holiday.

St. Faustina is associated with the revelations of Merciful Jesus, the prophetic mission of proclaiming the biblical truth about the merciful love of God to man to the world, with the devotion to Divine Mercy and the new school of spirituality. She is less frequently mentioned in relation with her revelations of Our Lady, and yet in the Diary, dozens of meetings of the Apostle of Divine Mercy with Mary are reported. One revelation was a special occasion, because it talks about the extraordinary role of St. St. Faustina in Divine Mercy plans. On the Feast of the Annunciation of 1936, in the convent chapel at ul. Żytnia in Warsaw, Sister Faustina saw the Mother of God, who told her: 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 [granting] 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). This message from the Mother of God also applies to us and impels us to bring the message of the merciful love of God to man to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer.