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On August 5, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrates its patronal feast, honoring its Patroness – the Mother of Mercy Incarnate. On this day, the election of Mary as the heavenly Superior General of the Congregation has been traditionally renewed since in 1937, in the form of a special, ceremonial prayer. Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary: I saw the Virgin Mary and She said to me, Oh, how very pleased I am with the homage of your love!  And at that moment She covered all the sisters of the Congregation with Her mantle. With Her right hand, She clasped Mother General Michael to herself, and with Her left hand she did the so to me, while all the sisters were at Her feet, covered with Her mantle. Then the Mother of God said hen the Mother of God said, Everyone who perseveres zealously till death in My Congregation will be spared the fire of purgatory (Diary, 1244). This day is the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Pope Sixtus III, to celebrate the end of the stormy Council of Ephesus (431 AD), which declared the dogma of the divine motherhood of Mary (Theotokos), introduced the feast of the Mother of the Son of God, which was first celebrated in this particular basilica, and with time, successive Popes expanded it to the whole Church. Today, the liturgical calendar of the Church contains the memorial of Our Lady of the Snows, commemorating the miracle associated with the rise of the basilica, and this name is functioning in the minds of the faithful. Therefore, the first circumstance of the establishment of the feast of Mary as Mother of the Son of God – Mercy Incarnate, has been forgotten. For more information about Mary the Mother of Mercy, Her title, worship and iconography in the Church and Congregation, follow the link: Our Lady of Mercy.

On Saturday, August 7, a ceremony of admission for 19 new members of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles will take place in Košice, Slovakia. Solemn Eucharist at 10.45 am will be presided by Fr. Artur Ciepielski, and the ceremony of admission will be held by Sr. M. Clareta Fečová from the Krakow-Łagiewniki convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, on behalf of the Association. Sister Benediktína Fečová from the Košice community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will deliver a lecture before the ceremony, titled “Disciple – apostle – friend of merciful Jesus”.

On 7-13 August, Sr. Pavla of the Hrušov community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will take part in the pilgrimage from Michalovce to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Spišská Nová Ves. The pilgrimage is organized by Pallottine fathers and sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who will lead prayers for the pilgrims along the 145 km route.

Such is the title of the 13th 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: “Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth, the Tabernacle – and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart. I am not surrounded by a retinue or guards. You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and desire to grant you grace”  (Diary, 1485). Saint Faustina responds. “From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage and light. Here, I seek consolation in time of anguish” (Diary, 1037).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, O.L.M. 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 Adam Woronowicz and Aleksandra Posielężna, 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.

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 August is prayer: Coverage of costs: servers and fiber optic cables, streaming carried out by Livestream Vimeo, and ongoing maintenance of equipment needed for broadcasting.

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 August, during evening devotions, the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy is sung or recited in all the chapels of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. At the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, evening devotions are celebrated on weekdays at 7 pm (except Thursdays). You can join through on-line video stream at www.saint-faustina.org. The words of the Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy and more information about Mary as Our Lady of Mercy, in particular concerning this title of Mary, her worship and iconography in the history of the Church and the Congregation, can be found at www.saint-faustina.org, tab: Our Lady of Mercy.

Next year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the act of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy. It was one of the most important events of the pontificate of John Paul II, which took place on August 17, 2002, during the consecration of the basilica at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. During this year’s nationwide pilgrimage of venerators of Divine Mercy, which always takes place on the Sunday following the anniversary of the Basilica’s consecration, preparations will begin for the 20th anniversary of entrusting the world to Divine Mercy. We would like to invite Shrines of Divine Mercy in Poland and worldwide, parishes dedicated to Divine Mercy and all those who would like to learn more about the content of the papal act of entrustment, to join in this work.

Over a dozen shrines and sites of worship of Divine Mercy have already responded to our proposal, among others from Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Tanzania, France and many other countries, says Fr. Zbigniew Bielas, Rector of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Over the next 11 months we will meditate on the different parts of the Act of Entrustment of the World to Divine Mercy to discover the richness of this wonderful prayer. In the Basilica of Divine Mercy, at every Holy Mass and every day after praying the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet, we recite the Papal Act of Entrustment. Now we want to bring it back to the attention of the whole world. Texts for consideration will be emailed to those interested.

This preparation is inspired by the words spoken by John Paul II at the end of his homily during the Mass during which he consecrated the Divine Mercy Basilica: How greatly today’s world needs God’s mercy. On all continents, from the depths of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise … Today, therefore, in this Shrine, I want to make a solemn act of entrusting the world to God’s mercy. I do this with a fervent desire that the message of God’s merciful love, which was proclaimed here through Sister Faustina, may reach all the inhabitants of the Earth and fill their hearts with hope. May this message be spread from here to our beloved homeland and throughout the world.

Shrines and parishes that would like to receive materials for prayerful preparation for this event please email us at: info@milosierdzie.pl.

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 Apostle of Divine Mercy is the patron not only of churches and chapels, but also of the city of Lodz, her native land of Świnice and many schools, works of mercy and other endevours. You can learn about them at Faustyna.pl, in the “Saint Faustina – Patronage” tab, and also submit new ones, or update pictures illustrating the projects we have already written about. Just fill in the form in this link and send us a horizontal image (in .JPG format). In this way, everyone can contribute something to show how important the figure of St. Faustina has for people.

Summer vacations are a time for pilgrimage-making and visiting various Shrines scattered around the world. Our website www.saint-faustina.org presents different Shrines of Divine Mercy located in Poland and worldwide. We are aware that this is only a fraction of the richness that has been abundant in the Church across the last decades, which is a fruit of the prophetic mission of St. Faustina, sent by the Lord Jesus to the world with the message that reminds about the biblical truth of the merciful love of God to man and calls for proclaiming it with the testimony of one’s life, deeds, words and prayer. If a Shrine you know or have visited is not listed on our site, please submit a pdf (horizontal) photo of the Shrine and contact information through the form on our site.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy would like to express gratitude to all those who support the www.faustyna.pl  website, which is available in 8 languages, as well as all the apostolic works, which are on the run, especially the “Chaplet for the dying” and on-line transmission of the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Thanks to the apostolic work, commitment and financial support of many people through this work we carry the gift of the message of mercy to the world and provide specific assistance to people who are in the direst need. For this support, we respond with prayer, which we direct to Divine Mercy through the intercession of St. Faustina in the intentions of all Benefactors and Donors.

 

During the summer, the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy go on holidays too. Usually, they spend these days visiting their families or other convents of the Congregation. The younger sisters are happy to organize their stay at the retreat house of the Congregation in Zakopane’s Krzeptówki and Rabka, because they can also stay with members of their families there. What is more, they can make hiking trips from there. We would like to wish you all to make your holiday a time of restoration of your spiritual and physical strength.

Sisters from the Plock convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy have prepared a video showing the present condition and needs of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock, which is being erected in the place of the historic revelations of the Merciful Jesus image.

In 2021, it is planned to continue installing sanitary and electrical facilities, plastering and flooring, in addition to stone cladding, outside stairs and window sills. It is also planned to start works related to land development (parking lot, pavements, small architecture), as far as the finances allow it.

The Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Plock is being erected by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thanks to the donations made for this purpose by devotees of Divine Mercy and people of good will. The Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina. Thanks to these gifts, the church is growing and therefore the sisters would like to ask for further support. Holy Mass is celebrated on the 22nd day of each month and the Sisters pray daily together with the faithful at the Hour of Mercy and with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the intention of everyone who support the construction of the Shrine spiritually and physically.

Donations for the expansion of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock can be deposited into the account:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
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Bank PEKAO SA
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first full edition of the Diary of Sister Faustina. The contents of the book reveal the richness and fascinating beauty of the mystery of God’s mercy, as shown by the author’s life and mystical experiences. A great prophetic mission was inscribed in her life, to remind the world of the biblical truth of God’s merciful love for every person and to proclaim it with a new power. It is therefore a unique work, and a “Gospel of mercy written in the perspective of the 20th century”, as the Holy Father John Paul II said of it. In the introduction to the Chinese edition of the Diary, Bishop John Tong Hon wrote that it is “the greatest gift of God offered to the world”.

The Diary has been translated into dozens of languages around the world, including almost all European and also non-European ones, such as Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Vietnamese, Maltese, Swahili, Tok pidgin, and several languages spoken in India (such as Malayalam, Konkani, Mizo, and Telugu). The book editions have had millions of copies, making it one of the most read books, because, as Jesus said, it was written for the consolation and comfort of souls.

Every day at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy gather at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina to pray the Rosary for families and married couples experiencing difficulties and crises. Also at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Płock, Holy Mass is celebrated on every 22nd day of a month at 5pm with this intention. To join this prayer in the Łagiewniki Shrine, also in the intention of your family or loved ones, you can access the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org.

Every Thursday, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a group of people named Kustodia, meet to pray at the Image of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina, in the intention of priests. They are accompanied by Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. From 8 to 9.30 pm, during the prayer of adoration and as the rosary is recited together, they obtain God’s graces for the stewards of God’s Mercy, so that the priests be faithful to their vocation and lead the people entrusted to their pastoral care on the ways of God. Everyone, also those who connect to the Łagiewniki Shrine online at www.saint-faustina.org is invited to join in this prayer.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the “Faustinum” Divine Mercy  Apostles Association, the  www.faustinum.pl website will share a special documentary titled „Conquered by Mercy”, which is a testimony of the formative and apostolic activities, as well as written accounts. The film will be available in several languages. The “Faustinum” Association is a community of people with more than 18,000 members and volunteers from almost 90 countries of the world that cooperates with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy based in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. Its main objective is the formation of Divine Mercy apostles to proclaim the message recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina to the world.

Misericordia has released the English version of the book which comprises considerations to 60 joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary prayer. These considerations are aided by short statements from Jesus, Our Lady and St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary. Users of this content will become immersed in the spirituality of Mercy, where they will discover the merciful love of God to man, learn by the example of St. Faustina’s contemplation of Merciful Jesus in everyday life, her attitude of trust in Him which expresses itself in fulfilling His will, mercy towards others and love for the Church, the Eucharist and heartfelt devotion to Our Lady. The selection of quotations from the Diary was prepared by Sr. Elżbieta M. Siepak, O.L.M., and the graphic design by Wojciech Sobolewski. The book is available from the online shop of the publishing house of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy: www.misericordia.faustyna.pl.

The Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and apostles of Divine Mercy following in the footsteps of St. Faustina and those participating in her mission of proclaiming the message of Mercy to the world by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer, will celebrate and commemorate a few important anniversaries in 2021:

February 22 – 90th anniversary of the revelation of Divine Mercy Image and Mercy Sunday in Plock, the commencement of the prophetic mission of St.. Faustina, which is to remind the world of the biblical truth about merciful love of God and a call to proclaim it with a renewed power with the testimony of life, deed, word and prayer. Her visual summary is the image of Christ with the inscription: “Jesus, I trust in You!”

March 6 – 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Faustinum Association of Divine Mercy Apostles, which brings together priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful from 90 countries of the world by Archbishop of Krakow, Franciszek Cardinal Macharski. Its main task is to conduct spiritual formation in the school of spirituality of St. Faustina.

The 40th anniversary of the first edition of the Diary of St. Faustina, a jewel of mystical literature, in which the Author recorded not only the message of Mercy from Jesus addressed to the modern world, but also a school of spirituality based on the exploration and contemplation of everyday life in the mystery of God’s mercy, which flows from the attitude of trust in God and active love of one’s neighbor.

August 1 – 10th anniversary of the start of Perpetual Chaplet at www.faustyna.pl. Through this initiative, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed around the clock, and Internet users join the Sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy every day from many countries of the world to pray together.

Panoramic images of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki are available on Google Maps, in addition to photos depicting some of the spots there and a walk around the holy place. In the present situation which has made traveling impossible, we would like to invite you to take the virtual tour and connect with us daily through the live video broadcasting at www.saint-faustina.org and our Faustyna.pl applications. In this way you can participate in the liturgy of Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours (Lauds and Vespers), the prayer in the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in addition to the evening service and prayer of the Rosary at 8.30pm. We are waiting for you!

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.

The Lord Jesus, in the devotion to Divine Mercy, gives us a special time of grace at three o’clock in the afternoon. It is the moment of His dying on the cross, of which he said to Sister Faustina: “This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. … In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion…” (Diary, 1320). In order to take advantage of these promises of Jesus, one must pray with confidence and add deeds of mercy towards others to the trustful prayer. Jesus proposes three ways of experiencing the prayer at the Hour of Mercy: celebrating the Way of the Cross, visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and if it is impossible, connecting with Him, dying on the cross, wherever 3 pm finds us. In this prayer, we turn directly to Jesus, and in our pleading, we appeal to the merits of His painful Passion. It is a privileged time in the Divine Mercy devotion, which is why the Hour of Mercy and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are practiced every day in all convents of the Congregation. You can join in this prayer through an on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki at faustyna.pl and via the Faustyna.pl application.

 

On every Thursday at 5 pm, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, a Divine Mercy Holy Mass is celebrated for the intercession of St. Faustina in the intention of requests and thanks to the faithful offered in the chapel with the image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of the Apostle of Divine Mercy. You can add an intention right before the Mass and those who cannot physically be present at it can join us in prayer thanks to the online broadcast at www.faustyna.pl.