By Becky Roach, December 4,2015

This beautiful glimpse into the life of St. Faustina is a clip from the award-winning movie Faustina: The Apostle of Divine Mercy, recently released by Ignatius Press.  The film is based on St.Faustina’s “Diary” and tells the story of the Polish nun who received powerful messages from Jesus.  Jesus appeared to St. Faustina frequently throughout her life and used her as way to transmit the message of His Divine Mercy to others.

In her diary, St. Faustina describes in detail the image of Mercy that Christ instructed her to have painted. The two rays denote Blood and Water. the pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the one who dwells in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” (Diary 299)  In 1934 St. Faustina and her spiritual advisor sought out Eugeniusz Kazimirowski to paint the image.

Jesus  insisted when the work was completed that it be placed in chapels and venerated throughout the world.  He promised that many graces would come for those who meditated on this beautiful image.

Pope Saint John Paul II was very passionate about the mission of revealing the mercy of Jesus to the world. In the year 2000, at the canonization Mass for St. Faustina, he announced that the Second Sunday of Easter would now be known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  It must be made clear that this was not done in order to establish a way of honoring St. Faustina, but to emphasize the meaning of the Resurrection and the depths of God’s great mercy and love that is made available to all of His creation. Divine Mercy Sunday is not a new feast day because the Second Sunday of Easter has always been a solemnity known as the Octave Day of Easter.  The richness of the mercy of God comes to us not only through St. Faustina’s revelations, but also through scripture and the history and tradition of the Catholic Church.

What happens on Divine Mercy Sunday?

Saint Faustina tells us in her Diary:

“On one occasion, I heard these words:  My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. 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. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary 699)

In short, Jesus has promised to pour out extraordinary graces to those who come to Him on this day focused on His Mercy.  He has promised complete forgiveness of sins and punishment for those who take part by doing what He has instructed.  To further encourage us to participate in this tradition, in 2002 a plenary indulgence was also granted for those who observe the necessary conditions. For more information on the indulgence visit here.

How do I prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday in order to receive these graces?

(The following information on how to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday was excerpted from  Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday, by Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD.)

1. Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter;

2. Sincerely repent of all our sins;

3. Place our complete trust in Jesus;

4. Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday;

5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;

6. Venerate* the Image of The Divine Mercy;

7. Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.

*To venerate a sacred image or statue simply means to perform some act or make some gesture of deep religious respect toward it because of the person whom it represents — in this case, our Most Merciful Savior.

How can I live out the message of Divine Mercy throughout the year?

This message of Divine Mercy is not just intended for one Sunday.  We should live this and embrace it daily.   Our understanding of the mercy of Christ is key to our relationship with Him.  It is also essential that we show mercy to others.  In our culture, the idea of mercy has been lost.  We demand that others pay the price for their wrongs. Rarely, do we forgive those who do not “deserve” or ask for forgiveness. Mercy will be a form of evangelization. Others will surely notice when we show mercy with the love of Christ.  We can do this by studying the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and making their practice a habit in our lives.

Pope Francis encouraged this practice when he announced this year as a Jubilee of Mercy.  “It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.” You may also choose to recite The Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily or whenever possible. Finally, learn more about Divine Mercy: read the Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul;  watch the new film Faustina: The Apostle of Divine Mercy from Ignatius Press; listen to the teachings of Fr. Michael Gaitley on Divine Mercy and those of Pope Saint John Paul II.  There are so many wonderful resources to help you grow in your understanding of the mercy Christ wants to reveal to you.

Don’t just keep the good news of this mercy to yourself. Think back to last Sunday when you saw those people who only show up to Church on Christmas and Easter.  Do you know some of those faces? Are they your neighbors, co-workers, friends or relatives?  Invite them to come back to Mass again this Sunday.  Share with them the power of mercy and the forgiveness that God desires to lavish on them through this feast day. Be the encouragement that someone else may need to enter into the doors of our Churches and receive the graces God wants to bestow. When we take the initiative to educate others about Divine Mercy Sunday and actively draw them into the celebration of the Eucharist, we will know that our own hearts are truly beginning to  understand the message of mercy and love of the risen Lord.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

If you desire to purchase the Divine Mercy image for your own home, it is available from Lighthouse Media.

Finally, here is a infographic from the Catholic-Link Library of Resources that presents the 4 key points to the Feast of Divine Mercy:

Do Catholics Worship Mary? (Video)

Catholics honor Mary because she is the Mother of God. As the Ten Commandments state, we only have one God whom we worship, adore, and glorify.

Source: catholic-link.org/2015/07/17/do-catholics-worship-mary-catholic-video/

About Becky Roach

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Becky Roach lives in Ohio with her husband and five children. When not doing laundry or making memories with her kids, Becky enjoys diet coke and date nights with her husband.

 Read the source: http://catholic-link.org/2015/04/12/everything-you-need-to-know-about-divine-mercy-sunday/


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 20, 2017

St. Faustina: “Most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a Hell”

Saint Faustina, the Polish nun who received many revelations from Christ concerning His Divine Mercy, was shown Hell so that people would repent and turn to Him for forgiveness.

In paragraph 741 of her now famous Diary of St. Faustina, she recounts the reason Our Lord had His angel escort her to Hell: “I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no Hell or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like.”

She then describes the various torments she saw by the souls she said had made a common mistake. “I noticed one thing,” writes St. Faustina, “That most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a Hell.”

Our Lord gave St. Faustina revelations on various aspects of His Divine Mercy in the early 20th century in order to incite worldlings steeped in sin to seek His mercy by confessing their sins with contrition and conversion of heart. One of those revelations concerned the torments of Hell.

What the Polish nun saw when she visited Hell were two categories of punishments: those suffered collectively by all and those particular sufferings endured specifically by certain individuals.

Concerning seven general torments suffered by all, she relates:

  • The loss of God
  • Perpetual remorse of conscience
  • One’s condition will never change
  • Fire that penetrates the soul without destroying it
  • Continual darkness, a suffocating smell, and the sight of others there
  • The constant company of Satan
  • Horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies

In addition to the general torments suffered by all in Hell, St. Faustina further saw particular sufferings there: “There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings related to the manner in which it has sinned.”

The visit to Hell moved St. Faustina to pray ardently for the conversion of all sinners. “Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners,” she said. “I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them.”

Watch the panel discuss how this devotion leads to contrition, confession and conversion in The Download—Divine Mercy.

APRIL 20, 2017—DIVINE MERCY – It’s all about confession.

April 20, 2017

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It’s all about confession.

Read the source: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/st.-faustinas-vision-of-hell

Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com. Follow Bradley on Twitter: @BradleyLEli

DIVINE MERCY SPECIAL: The Story of the Painting of Vilnius: St. Faustina to Pope Francis

Taking an Inside Look at How St. Faustina Arranged This Painting’s Creation in Secret

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This Sunday marks Divine Mercy Sunday.

For the occasion, Zenit decided to take an inside look at how the image of merciful Jesus in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius was depicted by artist Eugeniusz Kazimirowski in secret under the supervision of Saint Faustina and Blessed Father Michal Sopocko.

Born in Poland in 1905, Maria Faustina Kowalska belonged to the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. After the Polish nun received the Message of Divine Mercy from the Lord on various occasions in the 1930s, she spearheaded this project.

Given that Jesus wanted everyone to have access to this “well” of mercy, as he communicated to Sister Faustina, the church is open 24/7 every day of the week and there is a webcam to access from the whole world. Here, one can access it: http://www.gailestingumas.com/media/tiesiogine-transliacija/
Here, we would like to share some details you may not have known about this image’s history.
Sr. Faustina went twice a week to the painter for six months. The painter’s workshop was under the living space of Father Sopocko (Sr. Faustina’s spiritual director) who lived in a house in the Visitation monastery because he was the chaplain there.

It was all done in secret, as who would have ever believed that Jesus had appeared to her and wanted to be really painted. However, Sr. Faustina’s first confessor confirmed to her that yes indeed, the Lord wished to be depicted. Sr. Faustina was always accompanied into the workshop by either a reliable parishioner or another sister.

Today, the painter’s workshop has been transformed into a chapel.

Still living in the house, at the Lord’s request, are the order of nuns founded by Fr. Sopocko. They are also taking care of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Vilnius.

Jesus had told Sr. Faustina that what matters is that thanks to this picture, “everyone will come to receive my mercy.”

The brightest point in the picture is the heart. The light on the forehead signifies the presence of the Father. The right hand is not raised in the painting as it is in Krakow: it is before the Lord, in a gesture of blessing.

The first time the painting was presented to the worship of the faithful was when the Jubilee of Redemption was to end (1933-1934): it was exposed in the chapel of the Madonna Porta dell’Aurora venerated by Lithuanians to the extent that the Soviets never dared to close it.

On that day, Fr. Sopocko gave a homily on Divine Mercy, as the Lord requested, and Sr. Faustina was there, very happy.

During the Soviet occupation, the image was hidden in Belarus. Later, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Cardinal Audrys Backis (Archbishop of Vilnius, now emeritus) restored and put it in the Church of the Trinity, where Fr. Sopocko was once a priest. The church was restored too.

On the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 18, 2004, Cardinal Audrys Juozas Backis, Metropolitan of Vilnius, reconsecrated the renovated church of the Holy Trinity in Vilnius into the Shrine of the Divine Mercy.

At the same time, he assigned a prayer service to be carried out by the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus. In September 2005, the first image of Merciful Jesus was placed in this Shrine.

The picture has generated “miracles” in people’s lives.

In 2000 at St. Peter’s in Vatican City, Pope John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina and officially proclaimed the Feast of Divine Mercy.

Pope Francis, Pope of the Jubilee of Mercy, has always marked Divine Mercy Sunday in a special way.

In 2014, Pope Francis canonized John Paul II, who died in April 2005 on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 27.

In 2015, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday morning with the Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX, and in the presence of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church. During the course of the liturgy, the Holy Father declared a 10th Century Armenian monk and mystic, St. Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Church.

During the Holy Year of Mercy, the Pope celebrated Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, and the year before, held a prayer vigil.

Read the source: https://zenit.org/articles/divine-mercy-special-the-story-of-the-painting-of-vilnius-st-faustina-to-pope-francis/

25 Secrets of spiritual struggle that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina

How to protect yourself from demon attacks?

 In Cracow-Pradnik, June 2, 1938, the Lord Jesus directed a young Polish Sister of Mercy on a three-day retreat. Faustina Kowalska painstakingly recorded Christ’s instruction in her diary that is a mystical manual on prayer and Divine Mercy. Having read the Diary a few times in the past 20 years, I had forgotten about the unique retreat that Christ gave on the subject of spiritual warfare. Then, recently, I was invited to lead a retreat in Trinidad based on Christ’s “Conference on Spiritual Warfare” as presented in the Diary. The Sanctuary of the Holy Family, an amazing group of lay leaders in service to the Archbishop and priests, sponsored the retreat in the Archdiocese of Trinidad and we filled the Seminary of St. John Vianney to ponder this teaching.

Here are the secret whispers of Jesus to his little bride Faustina on how to protect herself from the attacks of the devil. These instructions became Faustina’s weapon in fighting the good fight.

Jesus began, “My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare” (1760). (The Lord’s words are in bold text; my comments follow.)

  1. Never trust in yourself but abandon yourself totally to My will.

Trust is a spiritual weapon. Trust is part of the shield of faith that St. Paul mentions in chapter six of Ephesians: the armor of God. Abandonment to God’s will is an act of trust; faith in action dispels evil spirits.

  1. In desolation, darkness and various doubts, have recourse to Me and to your spiritual director. He will always answer you in my name.

In times of spiritual warfare, immediately pray to Jesus. Invoke His Holy Name that is feared in the netherworld. Bring darkness into the light by telling a spiritual director or confessor and follow his instruction.

  1. Do not bargain with any temptation; lock yourself immediately in My Heart.

In the Garden of Eden, Eve bargained with the devil and lost. We have recourse to the refuge of the Sacred Heart. In running to Christ, we turn our backs on the demonic.

  1. At the first opportunity, reveal the temptation to the confessor.

A good confession, a good confessor, and a good penitent are a recipe for victory over temptation and demonic oppression—without fail.

  1. Put your self-love in the last place, so that it does not taint your deeds.

Self-love is natural but it should be ordered, free of pride. Humility defeats the devil that is perfect pride. Satan tempts us to disordered self-love to lead us into his pool of pride.

  1. Bear with yourself with great patience.

Patience is a secret weapon that helps us to keep our peace of soul even in the great storms of life. Bearing with oneself is part of humility and trust. The devil tempts us to impatience, to turn against our selves so we become angry. See yourself from God’s view. He is infinitely patient.

  1. Do not neglect interior mortifications.

Scripture teaches that some demons can only be evicted by prayer and fasting. Interior mortifications are weapons of warfare. They can be small sacrifices offered with great love. The power of sacrificial love evicts the enemy.

  1. Always justify to yourself the opinions of your superiors and of your confessor.

Christ is speaking to St. Faustina who lives in a convent. But we all have people in authority over us. The devil aims to divide and conquer so humble obedience toauthentic authority is a spiritual weapon.

  1. Shun murmurs like a plague.

The tongue is a powerful vessel that can do great harm. Murmuring, gossiping, is never of God. The devil is a liar who stirs up false accusations and gossip that can kill a person’s reputation. Shun murmurs!

  1. Let all act as they like; you are to act, as I want you to.

To mind one’s own business is key in spiritual warfare. The devil is a busybody attempting to drag everyone down. Please God and let the opinions of others go by the wayside.

  1. Observe the rule as faithfully as you can.

Jesus is referring to the rule of a Religious Order here. Most of us have made some vow before God and Church and we should be faithful our promises—i.e. Marriage vows and baptismal vows. Satan tempts to infidelity, lawlessness and disobedience. Fidelity is a weapon for victory.

  1. If someone causes you trouble, think what good you can do for the person who caused you to suffer.

Being a vessel of divine mercy is a weapon for good and for defeating evil. The devil is about hatred, rage, revenge, and unforgiveness. Others have hurt us all at some time. What good can we do in return? Returning a blessing breaks curses.

  1. Do not pour out your feelings.

A talkative soul will more easily be attacked by the devil. Pour out your feelings to the Lord only. Remember, the good and evil spirits hear what you say aloud. Feelings are fleeting. Truth is the compass. Interior recollection is a spiritual armor.

  1. Be silent when you are rebuked.

Most of us have been rebuked at some time. We have no control over that but we can control our response. The need to be right all the time can lead into demonic traps. God knows the truth. Let it go. Silence is a protection. The devil can use self-righteousness to trip us up also.

  1. Do not ask everyone’s opinion, but only the opinion of your confessor; be as frank and simple as a child with him.

Simplicity of life can drive out demons. Honesty is a weapon to defeat Satan, the Liar. When we lie we put a foot in his camp and he will try to seduce us all the more.

  1. Do not become discouraged by ingratitude.

No one likes to be taken for granted. But when we are met with ingratitude or insensitivity, the spirit of discouragement can weigh us down. Resist all discouragement for it is never of God. It is one of the devil’s most effective temptations. Gratitude in all things wins the day.

  1. Do not examine with curiosity the roads down which I lead you.

The need to know, and curiosity about the future is a temptation that has led too many people into the backrooms of psychics, witches, etc. Choose to walk in faith. Decide to trust in God who leads you on the path to heaven. Resist the spirit of curiosity always.

  1. When boredom and discouragement beat against your heart, run away from yourself and hide in My heart.

Jesus delivers the same message a second time. Now He refers to boredom. Earlier in the Diary he told St. Faustina that the devil most easily tempts idle souls. Beware of boredom, a spirit of lethargy, or acedia—the noonday devil. Idle souls are easy prey for demons. Be about the business of God.

  1. Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us.

Fear is the second most common tactic of the devil (pride is the first). Courage intimidates the devil—he will flee in the face of persevering courage that stands on Jesus, the rock. All people struggle, God is our provision.

  1. Always fight with the deep conviction that I am with you.

Jesus instructs a Sister in a convent to “fight” with conviction. She can do so because Christ accompanies her. Christians are called to fight with conviction against all demonic tactics. The devil tries to terrorize souls, demonic terrorism—resist! Invoke the Holy Sprit throughout the day.

  1. Do not be guided by feeling, because it is not always under your control; but all merit lies in the will.

All merit lies in the will because love is an act of the will. We are completely free in Christ. We must make a choice, a decision for good or evil. What camp do we live in?

  1. Always depend upon your superiors, even in the smallest things.

Christ is instructing a Religious here. But, we all have the Lord as our Superior. Dependence upon God is a weapon of spiritual warfare because we cannot win on our own. Proclaiming Christ’s victory over evil is part of intentional discipleship. Christ came to defeat death & evil. Proclaim Him!

  1. I will not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations; on the contrary, prepare for great battles.

St. Faustina suffered physically and spiritually. She was prepared for great battles by the grace of God who upheld her. Christ clearly instructs us in scripture to be prepared for great battles, to put on God’s armor and resist the devil. Be vigilant and discerning always.

  1. Know that you are on a great stage where all heaven and earth are watching you.

We are all on a great stage where heaven and earth are watching. What message is our life giving? What radiates from us—shades of light, darkness or grey? The way we live attracts more light or more darkness. If the devil does not succeed in pulling us into darkness, he tries to keep us in the category of the lukewarm, which is not pleasing to God.

  1. Fight like a knight, so I can reward you. Do not be unduly fearful, because you are not alone.

The Lord’s words to St. Faustina can become our mantra: Fight like a knight! A knight for Christ knows well the cause that he fights for, the nobility of his mission, the King who he serves, and with blessed assuredness of the victory, he fights to the end, even at the cost of his life. If a young, uneducated, simple Polish nun, united to Christ, can fight like a knight, every Christian can do the same. Trust is victorious.

Read the source: http://aleteia.org/2016/10/08/25-secrets-of-spiritual-struggle-that-jesus-revealed-to-st-faustina/

Quotes from the Diary of St. Faustina are copyrighted by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, Mass. For more information on “fighting like a knight” please visitwww.foundationforpriests.org spiritual warfare section. This piece originally appeared in The Catholic Exchange, and is reprinted here with kind permission of the author.

Our Lady of the Dawn
Our Lady of the Dawn (Photo: ‘Thekosiniak’, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Hidden Connection Between Mary and Divine Mercy

“I don’t deny that the Immaculate receives the mercy from the Lord God, but she is the personification of this ‘divine mercy’ and that is why a soul is converted and sanctified if it turns to her.” —St. Maximilian Kolbe

For many years I’ve marveled about the “coincidence” of three highly influential saints living in Krakow at roughly the same moment in history: St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II.

George Weigel has pointed out in the book we co-authored, City of Saints, that Poland was the place where the 20th century happened — the place where Nazism and Communism would run their violent course, one after the other. The antidote to these, Weigel added, was also found in Poland, particularly in the work, prayer, and sacrifices of these three related but marvelously different saints.

Although there is little evidence that Wojtyla knew either of the other future-saints personally despite the close proximity in which they all lived, the more direct connections between them came about posthumously. As pope, John Paul II was a promoter of Fr. Maximilian the Mariologist and Martyr – canonizing him in 1982 and calling him an “apostle of a new Marian era.” The Polish Pope was also the promulgator of St. Faustina’s Diaries and the Divine Mercy devotion, adding the Divine Mercy Feast to the Church calendar. Their relationship seemed to come full circle when Pope John Paul II was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2014.

While working on my book, The Marian Option, it occurred to me that there does seem to be a missing link, however, between Sts. Faustina and Maximilian. What is the connection between Divine Mercy and Mary? I was intrigued by this seemingly missing piece and thought there might be something worth investigating. I had a hunch that there had to be a deeper link between Mercy and Mary somewhere in the mix.

I first stumbled upon a little book by Fr. Donald Calloway called Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. FaustinaFr. Calloway makes it abundantly clear that Mary played a significant role in St. Faustina’s life – starting early with the family Rosary, and later blossoming into a true relationship of deep spiritual motherhood. As we see in Faustina’s Diaries, Mary spoke to her, guided her, and consoled her. But there is more. Fr. Calloway writes:

On the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy in 1935, Mary reveled to St. Faustina the link between her spiritual motherhood and The Divine Mercy: “I am Mother to you all, thanks to the unfathomable mercy of God.” St. Faustina, indeed, understood Mary to be the “mother of Mercy” and, thus, greatly associated in both the message and devotions to Jesus, The Divine Mercy. (Lilies, 63-64)

Next, I spoke with film producer Daniel diSilva about his movie The Original Image of Divine Mercy, which features the first painting of Jesus as depicted by then-Sister Faustina when she was living in Vilnius, Lithuania. Centuries before, diSilva explained, Vilnius had acquired the name “City of Mercy” and was surrounded by a protective wall call the Ostra Brama, or “The Gate of Dawn.” Within the gate was a small chapel that housed an image of Our Lady of the Dawn. During a Swedish campaign to overtake the city in 1702, a heavy iron gate fell unexpectedly, instantly killing four enemy soldiers, which turned the tide of the battle and led to a Lithuanian victory. Credit was given to the miraculous image of Mary in the wall. Devotion to the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Dawn swelled. In 1927, the image was renamed Mother of Mercy, roughly eight years before the Divine Mercy apparitions started. Then, after the first Divine Mercy painting was finished, the first place it was displayed was at the same Ostra Brama chapel in Vilnius. DiSilva pointed out that, “like Bethlehem, Our Lady was there (in Vilnius) first, followed by Jesus.”

Eventually, my journey led me back to St. Maximilian Kolbe, who spoke of Mary’s relationship to mercy in his writings. Fr. Kolbe wrote: “St. Bernard says that the Lord God kept for Himself justice, but gave mercy to the Mother of God. I don’t deny that the Immaculate receives the mercy from the Lord God, but she is the personification of this divine mercy and that is why a soul is converted and sanctified if it turns to her.” What is astounding about this is that St. Maximilian wrote this without knowing of St. Faustina’s Diaries and yet he is connecting Mary directly to it.

And finally, I found this little gem by Shane Kapler that brings the spiritual strings together: Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Kapler braids the two devotions together into one fruitful prayer. Instead of saying a Rosary followed by the Chaplet (or vice versa), Kapler suggests praying one decade of the Rosary followed by the first chaplet decade and so on. From his experience of praying the prayers together, Kapler writes, I “realized that when I brought the Chaplet into the Rosary, I invited Mary to pray the Chaplet with me. We stood together at the foot of the Cross, the Chaplet allowing me to voice her prayer, ‘Eternal Father, I offer you…’ Together we joined ourselves to Jesus’ offering and, through it, interceded that the fruits of his sacrifice to be generously poured out upon the Church and world.”

While the answer to my original question about the relationship between these remarkable saints may not be fully answered on earth, digging deeper has certainly merited the effort. The link is what one might expect – that Mary, as the Mother of God, the Mother of Christ, is also the Mother of Mercy. But as St. Maximilian Kolbe made clear, she is also the personification of divine mercy – transforming and sanctifying all who come to her. We can certainly see that witnessed in the lives of these three remarkable Krakowian saints.

Read the source: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/cgress/the-hidden-connection-between-mary-and-divine-mercy

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Mary: Queen of the Rosary

THE DOWNLOAD—OUR LADY, HELP OF EXORCISTS, TERROR OF DEMONS  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/22/the-download-our-lady-help-of-exorcists-terror-of-demons/

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary October 7

Please click this link to read the Article on How Our Lady granted Victory at Lepanto?

Lepanto, 1571 A.D.: The Battle that saved Europe

The Battle of Lepanto, 1571 A.D.: Real Crusades History – What really happened?

No Paradise for Cowards: Lepanto 1571

Has Christianity Become a Coward’s Religion? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/09/has-christianity-become-a-cowards-religion/

Pope Leo XIII’s Lessons on the Rosary

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray the Rosary in the fight against evil

The Protestant who would pray the Hail Mary: A True Story

Mary’s place in Catholic Theology and her place in our lives

Praying the Hail Mary for Spiritual Warfare http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/praying-the-hail-mary-for-spiritual-warfare/

Why the angel showed reverence to Mary? St. Thomas Aquinas examines the reasons why the angel Gabriel showed such reverence to Mary, saying, “Hail!” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/04/why-the-angel-showed-reverence-to-mary-st-thomas-aquinas-examines-the-reasons-why-the-angel-gabriel-showed-such-reverence-to-mary-saying-hail/

The miracles of Lourdes: What criteria are used by the Church to recognize them? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/08/the-miracles-of-lourdes-what-criteria-are-used-by-the-church-to-recognize-them/

THE DOWNLOAD—THE HISTORY OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR AND THE ROSARY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/22/the-download-the-history-of-the-brown-scapular-and-the-rosary/

OUR LADY AND THE SERPENT: A burning hatred exists between the two http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/24/our-lady-and-the-serpent-a-burning-hatred-exists-between-the-two/

MICHAEL VORIS: THE CHURCH AND HER SACRAMENTS (VIDEO)  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/01/michael-voris-the-church-and-her-sacraments-video/

Why is May the Month of Mary? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/02/why-is-may-the-month-of-mary/

THE VORTEX: MARY IS MOTHER AND GENERAL – Hell cannot long bear confronting the glory of Mary http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/03/the-vortex-mary-is-mother-and-general-hell-cannot-long-bear-confronting-the-glory-of-mary/

Pope Francis’ special devotion for the Virgin Mary http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/03/pope-francis-special-devotion-for-the-virgin-mary/

Mary is Perfectly United With Her Son in the Work of Salvation http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/24/mary-is-perfectly-united-with-her-son-in-the-work-of-salvation/

OUR LADY IN THE MODERN WORLD http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/05/our-lady-in-the-modern-world-2/

THE VORTEX: THE ASSUMPTION – Sweet Mary, assumed body and soul into Heaven, pray for us http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/15/the-vortex-the-assumption-sweet-mary-assumed-body-and-soul-into-heaven-pray-for-us/

WATCH THE FULL SHOW: ‘THE DOWNLOAD—MARY, GATE OF HEAVEN’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/15/watch-the-full-show-the-download-mary-gate-of-heaven/

Celebrate the Real New Year with Mary, Mother of God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/01/01/celebrate-the-real-new-year-with-mary-mother-of-god/

Who is Mary according to Scripture?

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Please click this link to watch the video of the Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary from various speakers/ sources

5 Facts to Ignore Before Accusing Catholics of Mary’s Worship

Anglican Priest Smears the Virgin Mary http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/27/anglican-priest-smears-the-virgin-mary/

4 Biblical Reasons Mary Is The New Ark of the Covenant  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2015/12/10/4-biblical-reasons-mary-is-the-new-ark-of-the-covenant/

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8

The beauty of the Immaculate Conception reflected through images

How does the Immaculate Conception Defined?

How to Defend the Immaculate Conception? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/12/08/how-to-defend-the-immaculate-conception/

Part 10: The Bible on Mary’s Immaculate Conception

What is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

What’s the case of the Immaculate Conception?

3 Easy Arguments For The Immaculate Conception of Mary

Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

How We Know Mary Was a Perpetual Virgin? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/11/how-we-know-mary-was-a-perpetual-virgin/

Readings & Reflections: Thursday after Ash Wednesday & Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11,2016 http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/10/readings-reflections-thursday-after-ash-wednesday-our-lady-of-lourdes-february-112016/

Why do Catholics call Mary “Queen”? The answer click this link: Why do Catholics call Mary “Queen”?

The Woman I Love, the Blessed Virgin Mary by Archbishop Fulton Sheen click below:

The woman I love, the Blessed Virgin Mary by Venerable Fulton Sheen

This video presentations show about the Woman we love, Our Lady of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “She is acknowledged and honored as being truly the mother of God and of the redeemer…. She is clearly the mother of the members of Christ … since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head. Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church” (CCC:963).

Mary’s prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer cooperates in a unique way with the Father’s plan of loving kindness: at the Annunciation, for Christ’s conception; at Pentecost, for the formation of the Church, his body (cf. Lk 1:38; Acts 1:14). In the faith of his humble handmaid, the Gift of God found the acceptance he had awaited from the beginning of time. She whom the Almighty made “full of grace” responds by offering her whole being: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word” “Fiat”: this is Christian prayer: to be wholly God’s, because he is wholly ours. The Gospel reveals to us how Mary prays and intercedes in faith. At Cana, the mother of Jesus asks her son for the needs of a wedding feast (Jn 2:1-12); this is the sign of another feast – that of the wedding of the Lamb where he gives his body and blood at the request of the Church, his Bride. It is at the hour of the New Covenant, at the foot of the cross (cf. Jn 19:25-27), that Mary is heard as the Woman, the new Eve, the true “Mother of all the living” (CCC: 2617-2618).