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Wymaluj obraz (Paint Me an Image) is the title of a film about one of the most renowned icons of the Church – the Divine Mercy Image. It has reached the furthest corners of the world on all continents, and is the record of a vision St. Faustina had in the Plock Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy convent on 22 February 1931, as she was called by Jesus to paint an image according to her vision. The film shows the story of looking for painters who could make the mystical experience of Sister Faustina come to life, from the first attempt by the Vilnius artist Eugeniusz Kazimirowski to the most well-known painting made in 1944 by Adilf Hyła in Krakow, which embodied the words of Jesus:  I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.

The film was directed by Bogusława Stanowska-Cichoń and will be broadcast by:

TVP 3

– 14 August at 11 am

– 15 August at 7.28 pm
– 20 August at 7.30 pm

TVP Historia 2

 – 17 August at 7.15pm
– 18 August at 8.30 pm

TVP Historia

–  17 August at 7.15 pm
– 18 August at 8.30 am

Such is the title of the 11th 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: “On the cross, the fount of My mercy was opened up wide by the spear, for each and every soul – I have not excluded any of them” (Diary, 1182). Saint Faustina responds. “O Jesus, Your goodness surpasses all comprehension, and none shall ever exhaust Your mercy. Perdition is for the soul that wishes to perish; for them that want to be saved there is an inexhaustible sea of the Lord’s mercy” (Diary, 631).

The script for a series of short films featuring Jesus’ message of mercy was written by Sr. M. Elżbieta Siepak, ISMM. 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 Fr. Canon Jason Ashleigh Jones and Sr. M. Teresa de la Fuente ISMM, 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.

On Saturday, August 20, a pilgrimage will set off to the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy at Mount Butkov, Slovakia. The event will begin with 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 Kraków-Łagiewniki. Solemn Mass at 3.40 pm will be presided over by Bishop Bernard Bober. The sacred site dedicated to the Mercy of God on Mount Butkov (11th level of the local stone quarry), where a large illuminated cross and statue of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II had been placed, is now part of the Rock Shrine of Divine Mercy with a church in Ladce.

In India, the „Diary” of St. Faustina translated into Telugu. The author of the translation is Father Vijaya Amrutha Raj Suripogula, MSWC. 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.”

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.

On August 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 will be delivered by Sr. Gaudia Skass ISMM. After the speech, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will take place. At the end, the young meet to share refreshments. “Evenings with Merciful Jesus” are organized for young people who want to follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover a new quality of life in friendship with Merciful Jesus.

Monastic life involves changing one’s place of living and, often, also of the type of apostolic work. Usually, in mid-August, the sisters move to other convents, where they are sent due to their vocation of obedience. This frequently means not only a new place to live, but also a different kind of work. The sisters are sent wherever the Congregation is taking up new tasks or needs to answer to the needs of its apostolic work. For the sisters, it is an opportunity to acquire freedom of all earthly attachments in order to live only for God and His Kingdom.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

The Chaplet for the Dying project supports a daily average of 110 moribund, whose names have been reported to us by SMS or e-mail. The moribund are spiritually supported not only by people from Poland, but also from other countries worldwide, who have declared their willingness to hold vigil on a selected day and time to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the intention of the person whose name they have received by text message or e-mail. We still need more people who will take up this ministry of mercy, so that help will quickly reach those who are the weakest, but are making the most important decisions and fighting the most difficult fights of their lives. Information about the project and applications are accessible via www.saint-faustina.org. The work is carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki at: www.faustyna.pl.

Recent months have seen further progress in the development of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Plock. In the first half of 2022, plastering and stonework for the interior window sills was completed, concrete flooring was completed and an elevator was installed in the Pilgrim House. Finishing work is currently underway: architectural plaster in the nave of the church, filling, tiling and electrical work for wiring and partial installation of fixtures. In addition, work will continue on finishing the Shrine: installation of interior woodwork and ironwork, filling, painting, cladding work, whiteware, installation of electrical fixtures and CCTV, passenger elevator in the church, along with freight elevator in the Pilgrim House.

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. Sisters thank you for every gift of heart that makes the place of the first revelation of Merciful Jesus to St. Faustina come to life. 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
Stary Rynek 14/18
09-404 Płock

Bank PEKAO SA
I O w Płocku
ul. Kolegialna 14a

SWIFT CODE: PKOPPLPW

PLN IBAN: 72 1240 3174 1111 0000 2890 0836

USD IBAN: 56 1240 3174 1787 0010 1057 7746

EUR IBAN: 28 1240 3174 1978 0010 1057 7818

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.

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.

A video titled Divine Mercy in daily life has been made recently for the Maria Vision TV, featuring Sr. Gaudia Skass from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who speaks about the Łagiewniki Shrine as a sacred site, where St. Faustina lived and where she passed to the house of the Heavenly Father. Any place where we are, if we are experiencing our lives with Jesus, can be such a holy place. The beautifully shot film is available in English.

Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy, Jesus said to St. Faustina. Trusting in these words of Jesus, in the face of the war in Ukraine, which poses a real threat to peace in Europe and in the world, we shall implore for God’s mercy for all humanity with the words of the Chaplet to Divine Mercy, for the restoration of peace in Ukraine and to prevent the spread of armed conflict to other countries and continents. All are invited to this prayer, 24 hours a day. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a powerful weapon with which we can change the fate of the world without any bloodshed. To participate in this prayer, please fill out this short form.

For many years we have enjoyed on-line transmissions from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki. It is used 24 hours a day by Divine Mercy devotees from all over the world to participate in prayer and devotion before the miracle-famous Divine Mercy Image and the tomb of St. Faustina. This year, the fee for the streaming provider, which is the US company Livestream-Vimeo, has increased once again since January. It allows us to stream Full HD quality video content without restrictions on the limit of the number of people viewing the stream at the same time.

This being the case, we ask that you support this work so that it can continue to operate it, as it is an expensive endeavor due to fiber and streaming fees, as well as quality equipment.

Please forward your donations to:

Zgromadzenie Sióstr Matki Bożej Miłosierdzia
Dom Zakonny w Krakowie
ul. Siostry Faustyny 3
30-608 Kraków

Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas S. A.
ul. Kasprzaka 10/16
01-211 Warszawa
Poland

Bank account numbers:

80 1600 1013 0002 0012 3671 2001 – PLN
73 1600 1013 0002 0012 3671 2030 – EUR
41 1600 1013 0002 0012 3671 2024 – USD

BIC (SWIFT) code: PPABPLPK

IBAN: PL

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At Faustyna.pl and its 7 foreign language versions, you can download a folder with the Message of Mercy, which includes the most important words of Jesus given to St. Faustina and recorded in her Diary. With this message, Jesus sent Sister Faustina to the whole world to remind it of the biblical truth of God’s merciful love for every human being and to call on it to proclaim it around the globe with renewed strength by the witness of life, deed, word and prayer, as humanity will not find peace until it turns with trust to God’s mercy. Pope John Paul II gave this message to the Church and the world for the third millennium because, as he confessed, “nothing is so necessary to man as God’s mercy, that gracious and compassionate love which raises man to the heights of God’s holiness.” Entrusting the world to God’s mercy 20 years ago, he repeated after Jesus that only in God’s mercy will the world find peace and man will find happiness.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is the second prayer, after the Lord’s Prayer, dictated by the Lord Jesus, who associated with it great promises to obtain all that is in accord with His will, on top of the grace of a serene and peaceful death, on the condition of an attitude of trust in Him (doing His will) and of mercy towards our neighbors. Today, it is the most famous prayer to Divine Mercy, recited not only by Catholics but also by Christians of other denominations. This is an extremely effective prayer, because in a spiritual way, we offer to God the Father His most beloved Son in it, our Lord Jesus Christ; therefore we appeal to the strongest argument – to His sorrowful Passion.

We provide the text of this prayer in Ukrainian. More about the Chaplet…

 КОРОНКА ДО МИЛОСЕРДЯ БОЖОГО

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Отче наш, що єси на небесах, нехай святиться Ім’я Твоє, нехай прийде Царство Твоє, нехай буде воля Твоя як на небі, так і на землі. Хліб наш насущний дай нам сьогодні і прости нам провини наші, як і ми прощаємо винуватцям нашим. І не введи нас у спокусу, але визволи нас від лукавого. Амінь.

Радуйся, Маріє, благодаті повна! Господь з Тобою! Благословенна Ти між жінками і благословенний плід лона Твого, Ісус. Свята Маріє, Мати Божа, молись за нас, грішних, нині і в годину смерті нашої. Амінь.

Вірую в Бога Отця Вседержителя, Творця неба і землі, і в Ісуса Христа, Його Єдиного Сина, Господа нашого, що був зачатий від Духа Святого і народився від Діви Марії, що страждав за Понтія Пилата, був розп’ятий, і помер, і був похований, і зійшов у відхлань. Третього дня воскрес із мертвих, вознісся на небеса і сидить праворуч Бога Отця Вседержителя, звідки прийде судити живих і мертвих. Вірую в Духа Святого, святу вселенську Церкву, сопричастя Святих, відпущення гріхів, воскресіння плоті, вічне життя. Амінь.

 На великих зернятках:

Предвічний Отче, жертвуємо Тобі Тіло і Кров, душу і божественність возлюбленого Сина Твого, Господа нашого, Ісуса Христа. На ублагання за гріхи наші і усього світу.

На малих зернятках:

Заради Його тяжких страждань будь милосердним до нас і усього світу.

Закінчення:

Святий Боже, Святий Кріпкий, Святий Безсмертний! Помилуй нас і весь світ (тричі).

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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 12 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 and in the Faustyna.pl applications.

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 2022: 

February 18 – 5 years of the ministry of the Congregation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

May 1 – 100th anniversary of the ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Kalisz.

June 7 – 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s first pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as a Pope.

June 29 – 25 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.

August 5 – 85th anniversary of electing Mary Mother of Mercy as the heavenly Superior of the Congregation.

August 17 – 20th anniversary John Paul II’s second pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki as a Pope and entrusting the world to Divine Mercy.

August 26 – 10 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.

September 1 – 30 years of the Congregation’s ministry in Szylavichy, Belarus.

September 16 – 5th anniversary of the consecration of the convent and the ministry of the Congregation in Lodz at ul. Krośnieńska, in the house, where Helena Kowalska – St. Faustina – lived in 1922/1923.

September 27 –  85th anniversary of printing the first Divine Mercy holy cards (with a copy of E. Kazimirowski’s painting by Ł. Bałzukiewiczówna) in Krakow’ printing shop of J. Cebulski at ul. Szewska 22. 

October  – 85th anniversary of the revelation of the Hour of Mercy devotion, i.e., praying at the hour of Jesus Christ’s agony on the Cross (3 pm), at the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki.   

November 1 – 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland.

Until now, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy has used the abbreviation ZMBM. in Polish and the abbreviations adequate to the name of the Congregation in a given language in other countries. The Congregation has now decided to standardize the abbreviation of the name to all language areas. After appropriate consultation, the Chapter adopted the following abbreviated name of the Congregation: ISMM., from the Latin name Institutum Sororum Matris Misericordiae.