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Whereas he was being wounded for our rebellions, crushed because of our guilt; the punishment reconciling us fell on him, and we have been healed by his bruises ( Is 53:5).

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Dear Marian Helpers A priest once told me that if I am looking for signs of God’s love, the best thing for me to do is to look at the face of Jesus as He hangs dying on the cross. I have to admit that this took me by surprise somewhat. I had thought that God’s love ought to be searched for primarily in the beauty of creation – the mountains, oceans, flowers, animals. How could I find love in the face of one who was suffering? The first thing I saw was pain which terrified me and made me want to close my eyes, turn away. However, the more I looked at the face of the crucified Christ, the more I felt my heart filling with peace – this was for me, for my salvation. But why? I asked. Because of love, came the reply in my heart. I am writing to you about this, dear friends, in order to invite you to contemplate the face of the crucified Christ during the approaching season of Lent. We often associate Lent with mortification, intensified prayer... We try to make all kinds of resolutions during that time. However, we forget the most important thing of all: that this isn’t a time for showing God how strong we are and how much we can do for Him. Instead, this is a time of conversion so that we can see and accept the things that God has done for us. During Lent, the Church invites us not to fix our gaze proudly on our own good deeds or to succumb to despair over our sins, but to receive the forgiveness and love of God shown to us in Jesus Christ, in His life, teaching, suffering, death and resurrection. I hope that you will be helped in this by the meditations for the Stations of the Cross, based on extracts from the Diary of St Faustina, enclosed with this issue of The Messenger. Perhaps you will also find the enclosed examination of conscience helpful as you prepare to make your Lenten confession. It is through this sacrament of reconciliation that God unites us to Himself and grants us His love. In this and subsequent issues we would also like to tell you about the topics that were covered during the Second World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy held last year in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in KrakowLagiewniki. In this issue, we have published the words of Cardinal Christopher Schönborn from Vienna who was responsible for the Congress and who spoke about the history and the idea behind the Congress. You will also find a moving testimony of someone who experienced God’s mercy through forgiveness. I believe that God will guide each of us through this coming Lent and will fill us with His love. May God bestow His blessing on you all.

Fr John /Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC/


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FROM THE MARIANS

Apostolic letter of Benedict XVI Porta Fidei for the Year of Faith

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The Idea and the History of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy Cardinal Christopher Schönborn

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Voice from the Heart of Africa The Testimony of Hélène

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New books on Divine Mercy

Marians launched new software made for mobile devices Mary App Dan Valenti

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The Stations of the Cross Based on the Holy Bible and St Faustina’s Diary

The Servants of Divine Mercy Filipino Divine Mercy formation group in London Lydia

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Divine Mercy Apostolate Events and Venues 2012

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The Sacrament of Healing Confession

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News from the Apostolate

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A word from the Cenacle From the writings of Bl S. Papczynski Mystical Temple of God, Chapter 4/1 The Sacrifice of the Mystical Temple

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Testimonies of the graces received through the intercession of Bl S. Papczynski

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Mission and spirituality of St Faustina [16] An Attitude of Trust Sr M. Elżbieta Siepak ZMBM Photo page 8 from: www.worldapostoliccongressonmercy.org Photo page 8-9 © Mark Atkins

The Association of Marian Helpers assists the Congregation of Marian Fathers in uniting all the faithful who want to develop spiritually, to imitate our Lady’s life, to proclaim to the whole world the truth of Divine Mercy according to Mary’s example and under her guidance. Members make themselves and their neighbours holy through prayer, penance, acts of mercy which they offer to God in the intentions of the Church, for the souls suffering in purgatory and praying for priestly and religious vocations. By their prayers and work and, if possible, material help, they support the apostolic and missionary work of Marian Helpers and share in the fruits of the daily masses, prayers and good works of the Marian fathers and brothers.

I began Holy Lent in the way that Jesus wanted me to, making myself totally dependent upon His holy will and accepting with love everything that He sends me. I cannot practice any greater mortifications, because I am so very weak. ... I am uniting myself with Jesus through suffering. When I meditate on His Painful Passion, my physical sufferings are lessened. (Diary, 1625)

Quarterly magazine of the Association of Marian Helpers of the Congregation of Marian Fathers in Great Britain

Editor-in-chief Fr John /Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC/

Director of the Association in Great Britain Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz MIC

Executive Editor Tomasz Wachowiak

Assistant of the Director Anna Zielińska

The editors shall not return any materials unless so requested; reserve the right to abbreviate the text, or to alter the title without informing the author; do not pay for the material, treating it as an apostolic contribution to the works of the Association. All correspondence to the editors should be sent to the Association of Marian Helpers. With the permission of the Church authorities.

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FROM THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH


1. The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rm 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return. 2. Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ. During the homily at the Mass marking the inauguration of my pontificate I said: “The Church as a whole and all her Pastors, like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life, and life in abundance.” It often happens that Christians are more concerned for the social, cultural and political consequences of their commitment, continuing to think of the faith as a self-evident presupposition for life in society….

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King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith. ...Moreover, the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that I have convoked for October 2012 is “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. This will be a good opportunity to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith. … 6. …The Year of Faith, from this perspective, is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Saviour of the world. In the mystery of his death and resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion of life through the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 5:31). For Saint Paul, this Love ushers us into a new life: “We were buried ... with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rm 6:4). Through faith, this new life shapes the whole of human existence according to the radical new reality of the resurrection. To the extent that he freely cooperates, man’s thoughts and affections, mentality and conduct are slowly purified and transformed, on a journey that is never completely finished in this life. “Faith working through love” (Gal 5:6) becomes a new criterion of understanding and action that changes the whole of man’s life (cf. Rm 12:2; Col 3:9-10; Ep 4:20-29; 2 Cor 5:17)….

3. We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden (cf. Mt 5:13-16). The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him (cf. Jn 4:14). We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51). …

9. We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; ... and also the source from which all its power flows.” At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year. …

4. In the light of all this, I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal

10. At this point I would like to sketch a path intended to help us understand more profoundly not only the content of the faith, but also the act by which we choose to entrust ourselves fully to God, in complete freedom. In fact, there exists a

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profound unity between the act by which we believe and the content to which we give our assent. Saint Paul helps us to enter into this reality when he writes: “Man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved” (Rm 10:10). The heart indicates that the first act by which one comes to faith is God’s gift and the action of grace which acts and transforms the person deep within.

The example of Lydia is particularly eloquent in this regard. Saint Luke recounts that, while he was at Ph, Paul went on the Sabbath to proclaim the Gospel to some women; among them was Lydia and “the Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14). There is an important meaning contained within this expression. Saint Luke teaches that knowing the content to be believed is not sufficient unless the heart, the authentic sacred space within the person, is opened by grace that allows the eyes to see below the surface and to understand that what has been proclaimed is the word of God. Confessing with the lips indicates in turn that faith implies public testimony and commitment. A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. This “standing with him” points towards an understanding of the reasons for believing. Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes. The Church on the day of Pentecost demonstrates with utter clarity this public dimension of believing and proclaiming one’s faith fearlessly to every person. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness, making it frank and courageous. Profession of faith is an act both personal and communitarian. It is the Church that is the primary subject of faith. In the faith of the Christian community, each individual receives baptism, an effective sign of entry into the people of believers in order to obtain salvation. As we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “ ‘I believe’ is the faith of the Church professed personally by each believer, principally during baptism. ‘We believe’ is the faith of the Church confessed by the bishops assembled in council or more generally by the liturgical assembly of believers. ‘I believe’ is also the Church, our mother, responding to God by faith as she teaches us to say both ‘I believe’ and ‘we believe’.” Evidently, knowledge of the content of faith is essential for giving one’s own assent, that is to say for adhering fully with intellect and will to what the Church proposes. Knowledge of faith opens a door into the fullness of the saving mystery revealed by God. The giving of assent implies that, when we believe, we freely accept the whole mystery of faith, because the guarantor of its truth is God who reveals himself and allows us to know his mystery of love. On the other hand, we must not forget that in our cultural context, very many people, while not claiming to have the gift of faith, are nevertheless sincerely searching for the ultimate

meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world. This search is an authentic “preamble” to the faith, because it guides people onto the path that leads to the mystery of God. Human reason, in fact, bears within itself a demand for “what is perennially valid and lasting”. This demand constitutes a permanent summons, indelibly written into the human heart, to set out to find the One whom we would not be seeking had he not already set out to meet us. To this encounter, faith invites us and it opens us in fullness…. 14. The Year of Faith will also be a good opportunity to intensify the witness of charity. As Saint Paul reminds us: “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13). With even stronger words – which have always placed Christians under obligation – Saint James said: “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled’, without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith” (Jm 2:14-18).

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APOSTOLIC LETTER OF BENEDICT XVI PORTA FIDEI (The Door of Faith) FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH

Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt. Faith and charity each require the other, in such a way that each allows the other to set out along its respective path. Indeed, many Christians dedicate their lives with love to those who are lonely, marginalized or excluded, as to those who are the first with a claim on our attention and the most important for us to support, because it is in them that the reflection of Christ’s own face is seen. Through faith, we can recognize the face of the risen Lord in those who ask for our love. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). These words are a warning that must not be forgotten and a perennial invitation to return the love by which he takes care of us. It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbour along the journey of life. Supported by faith, let us look with hope at our commitment in the world, as we await “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 P 3:13; cf. Rv 21:1). 15. …“That the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph” (2 Th 3:1): may this Year of Faith make our relationship with Christ the Lord increasingly firm, since only in him is there the certitude for looking to the future and the guarantee of an authentic and lasting love. … Let us entrust this time of grace to the Mother of God, proclaimed “blessed because she believed” (Lk 1:45). vatican.va

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SECOND WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY 1st - 5th October 2011, Krakow-Lagiewniki

Opening words of Cardinal Christopher Schönborn Divine Mercy is fundamental to our understanding of Jesus Christ’s mission, in his life, death and resurrection. The Risen Christ is the Merciful One! In his apparitions to the disciples after resurrection, Christ shows the depth of his mercy through his patience until death, his pedagogy, his love for people just as they are. This is not a teaching; it is the Risen Christ saying to every one of us, This is Who I am. You can follow me. Mercy is Jesus himself! And the Church is invited to relive and proclaim this redeeming reality. Pope John Paul II expressed this call to the Church of our times. The World Apostolic Congress on Mercy is intended to be an answer to this vocation. 1. John Paul Il’s language as a universal call to Divine Mercy What will the years ahead bring us? What will man’s future on earth be like? It is not given to us to know. However, it is certain that in addition to new progress there will be no lack of painful experiences. But the light of Divine Mercy will illumine the way for the men and women of our time (John Paul II, Homily, Canonization of Sr. Mary Faustina Kowalska, 2000). How greatly today’s world needs God’s mercy! In every continent, from the depth of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise up. Where hatred and the thirst for revenge dominate, where war brings suffering and death to the innocent, there the grace of mercy is needed in order to settle human minds and hearts and to bring about peace. Wherever respect for life and human dignity are lacking, there is need of God’s merciful love, in whose light we see the inexpressible value of every human being. Mercy is needed in order to ensure that every injustice in the world will come to an end in the splendour of truth (John Paul II, Homily, KrakowLagiewniki, 17th August 2002). Today more than ever, mercy is the unique hope for the world. The truth, revealed in Christ, about God the Father of compassion (2 Cor 1:3) enables us to “see Him as particularly close to man especially when he is suffering, when he is under threat at the very heart of his existence and dignity. And this is why, in the situation of the Church and the world today, many individuals and groups guided by a lively sense of faith are turning, I would say almost spontaneously, to the mercy of God. (John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia 2). 4

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The hour has indeed come when the message of Divine Mercy needs to fill hearts with hope and to become the spark of a new civilization: the civilization of love (John Paul II, Krakow, 2002). John Paul II summoned the Church to be more conscious and more motivated by this mystery of mercy, of which it is heir for the salvation of the world. Dioceses and parishes worldwide are invited to remodel their pastoral programmes by refocusing on the invigorating mystery of Divine Mercy. He supported our efforts to create and carry out a pastoral programme of mercy. May this programme be the expression of your commitment, primarily in the life of the Church and then, as fitting and necessary, in the social and political life of the Nations of Europe and of the world (cf. John Paul II, Homily, Krakow, 18th August 2002). We suggest therefore a long term pastoral perspective so that Divine Mercy could become “the light for the way forward of the people of the third millennium.” (cf. John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia 12). To make this vision reality, Mercy ought to become the model of all evangelization. 2. The World Apostolic Congress on Mercy as an answer The main objective is to focus on the life of parishes, congregations and movements on Mercy and its radiance. Parishes are a perfect setting to exercise mercy and thus be a visible sign of God’s love. God in his beauty expresses himself and gives himself by the splendour of Mercy. The local Church communities can offer Him to the world in so far as they too shine out with this Mercy. Indeed, the believer (and the community of believers as a whole) only really exists within his/her filial relationship to the Father of mercies. The gift of oneself, in the strong sense of the term, is the act which enables a person to exist. It is therefore Mercy and the giving of oneself out of mercy which allows a parish community to come alive, to open itself up and really exist! Mercy allows the Church to become what She is: a community of those who are open to the world and those who were granted mercy; those who are reaching with mercy out to the world; sacrament and parable of Divine Mercy.

The Church of our time, ... must become more motivated and profoundly conscious of the need to bear witness in her whole mission to God’s mercy (cf. Dives in Misericordia 12). The Church should announce the truth (the true face of God and the true face of man), in a constant relationship to mercy and justice. Only merciful love is credible and without it, one cannot tell the truth about God without betraying Him. In this way, every disposition of the Church would pass through the demanding filter of a merciful attitude. Becoming ever more perfect in mercy would always be the Church’s goal. The encounter with the God of Mercy becomes our mission. The encounter with the merciful Jesus converts the hearts and makes them missionary in their turn (Proclamation of The Good News). By focusing on these encounters the pastoral care of the Church can be transformed. That’s to say: it is mercy that encourages us to journey with people who are far away from the Church, who are perhaps afraid of God and of the Church. It is mercy that opens the way to a true relationship with God in the Spirit. We should be more attentive to the people’s relationship with their Lord; therefore to the liturgical, sacramental life. The spirituality of mercy found in the priestly mission can give renewed taste for the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Liturgy). Mercy leads us to live a more authentic communion. It is a formidable vector of unity within a Diocese. This veritable unity is called Mercy (Communion). Entering the “school of mercy” is indispensable for ecumenical work. The contemporary Church is very conscious that it is only on the basis of the mercy of God

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THE IDEA AND THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY

The presence of Mercy should be reintroduced into the heart of parish communities to heal the divisions caused too often by quarrels, jealousies and destructive criticism within the parish family. By renewed attention to the place of Mercy within the concrete life of the parish, the Congress preparation aims to help Christians rediscover themselves in their missionary identity as prophets of mercy (cf. Hos 6: 6), as priests of mercy (cf. Rm 12: 1; Heb 2: 17) and as kings of mercy through their baptism and the Eucharist. ...

that She can carry out the tasks which flow from the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and particularly, the ecumenical task consisting of uniting all those who believe in Christ (cf. Dives in Misericordia 13). Now is the time for a new “creativity “ in charity ... by “getting close “ to those who suffer, so that the hand that helps is seen not as a humiliating handout but as a sharing between brothers and sisters. (John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte 50). ... 3. The steps in the preparation of the Apostolic Congresses on Mercy August 2002 - The universal call to Divine Mercy by John Paul II from Krakow. July 2005 - An international retreat for priests and pastoral co-workers took place next to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki-Krakow, Poland with the theme Mercy, unique Hope for the World. The retreat was preached by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Msgr Albert de Monleon and Fr Patrice Chocholski and myself. Around 300 priests from every continent were present. The idea for a World Congress on Mercy was presented to the assembly by a layman Gerald Arbola during the conclusion of the retreat and met with a positive response. Since the 2005 retreat, the project has been presented to several pastors of the Church, and continues to be welcomed with great enthusiasm. October 2005 - At the end of the Synod of Bishops in Rome 2005, Fr Patrice Chocholski discussed the MESSENGER OF MERCY

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February 2006 - During an audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, I mentioned the project of a World Congress of Mercy. The Holy Father greeted the idea with benevolence and accorded his blessing. March 2006 - North American Episcopal Conference expressed interest in this initiative and discussed ways of communicating the Congress to all members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. November 2006 - The first International Committee was set up in Latin America to prepare for the World Congress on Mercy in Rome. Church representatives from Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile signed the acts of the Committee. December 2006 - The General Secretary of the Congress, Fr Patrice Chocholski met Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The archbishop of Krakow, former private secretary of Pope John Paul II, welcomed the project with great enthusiasm and declared his total commitment and total support for the Congress. This was John Paul II’s dream, he said. April 2007 - Some days after Sunday of Mercy, precious elements were suggested by Cardinal Arinze and H.E. Msgr Ryłko (today cardinal), President of the Pontifical Council for Laity, which is part of the Patronage Committee. The latter suggested that we set up a canonical structure to preserve the universal character of the initiative. At the end of the month, foundation of the Asian Committee of preparation of the Congress. Present were: 300 diocesan official delegates of 11 countries and 78 bishops; 9 bishops and many priests participated there directly. It was the Vicar general of Manila who became official Coordinator for the continent, in agreement with Cardinal Rosales and the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. May 2007 - The first meeting of the intercontinental Committee of preparation was held in Rome, followed by a second meeting of the European Committee. June 2007 - Cardinal Poupard, member of the Patronage Committee considered that this Congress, founded on Mercy as footbridge, would encourage meetings between religions and cultures. Msgr Ranjith (today cardinal), Secretary of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Sacra-

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ments, from Sri Lanka also became a member of Patronage Committee. July 2007 - The Diocese of Rome gave important support, thanks to Cardinal Ruini and Msgr Parmeggiani, General Secretary of the Vicariate. November 2007 - Meeting of the Committee of Patronage at the Vatican Library. Cardinals Arinze, Backis, Erdo, Rode, Tauran were present and discussed the programme of the Congress, under Our presidency. 2nd - 6th April 2008 - The First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy took place in Rome at the Lateran Basilica Mother Church, exactly three years to the day after Pope John Paul II’s providential passing away on the Vigil of the Feast of Divine Mercy 2005. Pope Benedict XVI reminded us a year later that: The mystery of the merciful love of God was at the centre of the pontificate of his venerated predecessor. 7300 people of the whole world (3300 people at the Lateran, 4000 via web TV, including other Christians and other religions) participated in it. Many bishops and episcopal conferences sent their official delegations. These 5 days became a true meeting with Christ, like in Emmaus. (talks, testimonies, beautiful liturgies, prayer, evangelization, workshops, festivals...). We said the First World Congress on Mercy is intended to give a very radical encouragement to rediscover the core of the Gospel, that is to say, Mercy. Moreover, we cannot become his witness, without experiencing Divine Mercy personally. Daughter, give Me your misery, because it is your exclusive property (Diary, 1318). We said, it is difficult for us to accept what the way of God’s Wisdom is, that his Mercy is offered to us on the Cross. We discover Divine Mercy, like the disciples of Emmaus, specially sharing the Word of God and following its inspiration and indications. We still lacked the sign of Divine Mercy: His sign was not any political victory, military power, but the gift of His life. 2008-2011 - Deployment of continental and national Congresses throughout the world. Many bishops were appointed by the national Episcopal conferences. Each one set up a national committee of preparation of the national and continental Congress. Here are the Aims and Objectives: the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in Rome would be the first Congress of a regular series. It would follow in a certain way the rhythm and pattern of the Eucharistic congresses. The message of merciful love needs to resound forcefully anew. The world needs this

love. (John Paul II, Krakow, August 18th 2002) This is the principle objective of the World Apostolic Congress, that: the Church be more aware and more motivated by mercy, parish and diocesan pastoral programmes be inspired, Congress shall be a manifestation and proclamation of Eternal Mercy for the world. ... Furthermore, in today’s context of globalization, we are confronted with the urgent question of world peace. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy (Diary, 699). Mercy is given as the response to the mystery of iniquity: with mercy and our commitment side by side, God can put a limit to evil. 4. The topics of the five Continental Congresses Oceania: The true face of God and the true face of Man, (Samoa, July 2009) Asia: Jesus, the unique Mediator, participation of many countries; some Buddhist organizations were present, (Manila, November 2009) North America: Conversions thanks to the encounter with Divine Mercy, (Washington, November 2009) Latin America: Joy and force of evangelization, coming from the experience of the Divine Mercy, (Panama, September 2010) Africa: Regional reconciliation through Divine Mercy, presence of national TV, meeting with Rwanda President, (Kigali, October 2010)

It is a fact that, for many people, the image of Divine Mercy (of Vilnius, Lithuania or Krakow, Poland) became a decisive vector for the encounter with Christ-Mercy, but not only that. It is true that some groups are also affiliated to modern apparitions of the Virgin Mary and participation in the World Congress helps them to get to know Christ and the Catholic Church better, especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They get involved in the ordinary pastoral care of the Church in their parishes and dioceses, thanks to these initiatives. It is a grace that through the coordination of a bishop, many different groups gradually become federated. But in addition, thanks to the solicitude of the hierarchy, they get fully involved in the life of the whole local Church community. It also becomes an important strength for its life and evangelization, and has a real effect on society.

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project of a World Congress on Mercy with Cardinal Camillo Ruini (President of the Italian Episcopal Conference). The Cardinal agreed to welcome the congress in Rome.

Divine Mercy has the power to change the world. It is a revolution of love, able to limit evil and sow goodness instead. Pope Benedict XVI explains: It is the mercy of God become flesh in Jesus that alone can redress the balance of the world from good to evil, beginning with that small and decisive “world” which is man’s heart. Divine Mercy will become the Light to lead humankind in the third Millennium. May the Lord help us to understand during this Congress in Krakow what he expects from us to accomplish his plans of Mercy. (Mercy as the source of hope, 110-116)

The Marians with Cardinal Ch. Schönborn (center), the president of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, 4th October 2011 (From left) Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz (Great Britain), Fr Walerian Pozniak (The Philippines), Fr Seraphim Michalenko (U.S.),Vicar General Fr Joseph Roesch( Rome), Fr Silvio Roberto (Brazil), Archimandrite Jan Sergius Gajek (Belarus), Fr Basileu Pires (Portugal), Fr Diego Maximino (U.S.) and Very Rev. Fr Kazimierz Chwalek (U.S.) MESSENGER OF MERCY

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SECOND WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY 1st - 5th October 2011, Krakow-Lagiewniki

Testimony of Hélène Please join me to worship, praise and thank the God of infinite mercy for everything He has done in my life. The fact that today I can stand in front of you in all my littleness and tell you what the Lord has done to introduce order and stability to my spiritual life, is possible because He endows me with His merciful love. I come from Kivu, also known as the Great Lake Area, situated in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Goma diocese. I was born in a strongly Catholic family as the first of eleven children. My name is Kambere Yohari Muhima Hélène, and our Saint Sister Faustina became my second patron saint. I am a mother of six, and have six beautiful grandchildren. I am 71 years old, and have been a widow for 32 years. After my birth, my parents ardent worshippers - devoted me to the Lord by way of a promise to offer their first daughter to be a nun. Thus my education was oriented towards religious life even in my youth. After graduating from secondary school I went to the convent to prepare for my future role. But this trial was not final, and after two years I returned to my family and three years later I got married. I lived ten happy years with my husband. From the material point of view we lacked nothing, but I was barely a Sunday Christian. My husband earned good money as a state official. Then he became a very influential and well-known politician. Gradually, I came to realise that he had not been faithful to me, which he kept secret. I became very jealous and possessive: I could not stand this love shared with someone else. Sometimes I even paid various people to spy on him. When I found out about the existence of any impure relationship, I did everything I could to destroy it - sometimes even using violence. Of all these relationships I was most hurt by the relation he kept with one of my cousins. She married a poor man and their family suffered from financial difficulties. I personally intervened with my husband to help him get a job in a company in which he was a director, without knowing that his wife was my rival. I also gave her money so that she would have 8

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some savings. Awhile later I learned that she had left her husband to live in a house my husband placed her in. Their relation soon became almost official. I can tell you that this cousin was the source of my great moral and spiritual suffering. I felt very humiliated and hurt even though, financially, I lacked nothing. My heart was torn between hatred, jealousy, anger and mutiny, and I felt capable of physically disposing of my rival, but - thank God - Satan did not manage to provide me with opportunities to do so. Thanks to the grace of our Merciful God, three years before his death my husband came to his senses and returned to his normal life. Unfortunately, despite the fact that he had never been sick, he suddenly died of a fast developing illness. The post-mortem examination found that he might have been poisoned. Rumour had it that it was the doing of his political opponents who got rid of him using my old rival, my cousin, who thus revenged herself for being abandoned. At this moment my hatred turned into fury, which caused division in our family and among our friends. Everyone who talked to this woman became my sworn enemy, and my close family had to support me in my actions. This situation lasted many years, and every day, in every minute when I thought about this woman, I wished her all imaginable misfortunes, even death, on condition that I would not be its direct perpetrator. This hatred became for me something normal and justified: I went to the Mass, I never went to confession, but I took communion. Having decided that I could never forgive her, I stopped saying the “Our Father” prayer to avoid saying the words: “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us...” I felt that these words would condemn me for self-damnation, and when I said the rosary on my own, I said: “forgive us our trespasses, as we should forgive those who trespass against us...”. Not wanting to remarry so as not to hurt my children who were too little for that, long after my husband’s death I decided to have secret meetings with

The boldest of my friends reminded me of how critical I was towards those unfaithful in marriage; others said that I should not become similar to my cousin who had caused me so much suffering... I frequently felt a kind of remorse: “So always treat others as you would like them to treat you” (Mt 7: 12). I pretended not to hear this. Seeing the hardness of my heart, the Lord in his merciful love caused me to become pregnant while leading this depraved life. This was such a tragedy! How would I speak about this to my children, parents and friends? I was very ashamed of this, so I decided to have an abortion to avoid ridiculousness. Instead of fearing God, I was afraid of people. Apart from the sin of promiscuity, I also committed the sin of murder by deciding to take this foul act. I started to be very much afraid. I understood how frequently I had been leaving my children under the care of servants to go out in the evening and have fun. What if something happened to me during these nights out? Who would take care of my children? Where would my soul go if I suddenly died in this state? I was possessed by fear of offending God and dying in the state of sin. Our Merciful God started to show me a film of my life: all the comforts He offered me, the beautiful children He gave me. I began to look differently at my life and behaviour. I realised that I had been very ungrateful to God. He bestowed on me signs of His goodness, cared about me and my children. What else had I been looking for? Thanks to the grace of God I was deeply ashamed of my ungratefulness and freed myself from this impure relation, but the hatred towards my cousin continued and the wish for revenge was still eating me up. One day I decided to send bandits (2 or 3 men) to my cousin to drag her into bushes or even rape, that is to cause her irremovable moral injury. God in his great Mercy did not agree for me to move that far, and He subverted my intention. I was furious. Eleven years after my husband’s death I met my brother, a priest, who did not know the state of my soul and mind, but offered me participation in a thirty-day retreat (Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola). After several refusals I finally said yes. I did not belong to any prayer group, and I went to church only on Sundays. While silently meditating after the “Our Father” prayer in the course of the Mass during the retreat, I felt a power in myself that forced me to

loudly ask for God’s forgiveness for my obstinacy that, for years, had made me change the words of the “Our Father” prayer and also for the injuries sustained by my cousin because of the hatred I had felt towards her for so many years. All participants in the retreat were moved. After the Mass I had an individual conversation with a priest and I could go to confession. I found internal peace.

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a friend. I did not listen to any advice on this subject, but I thought about the unfaithfulness of my deceased husband and said to myself that it was time for me to have fun as well. I did not have any respect for God, as I accused Him of all evil that was my lot, particularly the death of my husband.

The peace that I found after the retreat did not last long. The Lord started “to torment” me to “go and be reconciled with your brother,” as stated in St. Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 5, Verses 23 and 24. To ask my cousin for forgiveness was something almost unimaginable, so I fought with the Lord for a year and a half before I bought a ticket to fly to the city she lived in. I did not even know her address, but God Himself took care of this problem. I went there with our mutual friends. When she saw me, she got scared thinking I wished to harm her. Imagine her bewilderment when she saw that I threw myself on my knees and asked her to forgive me all the wrong I had done and wished for her. Emotions were so great that everyone started to cry, particularly when she said that it was she that should ask for my forgiveness. She joined the “Awakening Churches” prayer group long before I did, and she was asked to find me and make peace with me. My arrival was a true emancipation for both of us, and a testimony for those who were present and all those who learnt about the history of our reconciliation. From this day on I noticed that it became very easy for me to be reconciled with others. At the end of my testimony I would like to speak about my meeting with Divine Mercy: After this complete emancipation from hatred and resentment, I went on a journey to Europe and, one day when going out of a Mass, I came across a leaflet about the Merciful Jesus . This was like a revelation to me! The name of the Merciful Jesus moved me extremely, so I started to buy books about Him and His images. That is why, with the help of my friends and as a sign of my gratitude to the Merciful Jesus, I decided to spread the devotion to the Divine Mercy. I gave the books and pictures to my friends and members of my family, and we started to say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Slowly our movement of the “Divine Mercy’s Work” was born in the east of Congo. Today, thanks to friends coming to our city, the devotion is spreading throughout the region and in several other places in our country (Democratic Republic of Congo). Thank You, Lord, for Your love, Your forgiveness and Your great mercy. (Mercy as the source of hope, 163-166) MESSENGER OF MERCY

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from the life of the church

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

PRAYeR When you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Mt 6:5)

Based on the Holy Bible and St Faustina’s Diary (from the prayer book “God Who is Rich in Mercy”)

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER Merciful Lord, my Master, I want to follow You faithfully. I desire to imitate You in my life in a way that will be more and more perfect; therefore, I am praying that, by meditating on Your passion, You will give me the grace of a greater understanding of the mysteries of spiritual life. Mary, Mother of Mercy, ever faithful to Christ, lead me in the footsteps of the sorrowful passion of your Son and obtain for me the graces necessary to fruitfully observe this Way of the Cross. I offer it for the intention of: ....

STATION I JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward (Mt 26:59-60).

FAStInG When you fast, put scent on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Mt 6:16)

Jesus: Do not be surprised that you are sometimes unjustly accused. I myself first drank this cup of undeserved suffering for the love of you (Diary, 28). When I was before Herod, I obtained a grace for you; namely, that you would be able to rise above human scorn and follow faithfully in My footsteps (Diary, 1164). Sr Faustina: We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God’s will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God (Diary, 477). My prayer: Merciful Jesus, help me to accept every human judgment and do not let me ever condemn You in my neighbour.

STATION II JESUS TAKES UP HIS CROSS Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown of of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, ‘Hail King of the Jews!’... Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And he [Pilate] said to them, ‘Behold, the man!’ When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, ‘Crucify him, crucify him!’ (Jn 19:1-6).

AlMSGIVInG When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Mt 6:3)

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Jesus: Do not be afraid of sufferings; I am with you (Diary,151). The more you will come to love suffering, My daughter, the purer your love for Me will be (Diary,279). Sr Faustina: Jesus, I thank You for the little daily crosses, for opposition to my endeavours, for the hardships of communal life, for the misinterpretation of my intentions, for humiliations at the hands of others, for the harsh way in which we are treated, for false suspicions, for poor health and loss of strength, for self-denial, for dying to myself, for lack of recognition in everything, for upsetting of all my plans (Diary, 343). My prayer: Merciful Jesus, teach me to value the toil of life, sickness, and every suffering; teach me to carry this cross every day with love

STATION III JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all... And he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offences (Is 53: 6,12). Jesus: My daughter, write that involuntary offences of souls do nor hinder My love for them or prevent Me from uniting Myself with them. But voluntary offences, even the smallest, obstruct My graces, and I cannot lavish My gifts on such souls (Diary, 1641). Sr Faustina: O my Jesus, how prone I am to evil, and this forces me to be constantly vigilant. But I do not lose heart. I trust God’s grace, which abounds in the worst misery (Diary, 606). My prayer: Merciful Lord, save me from every voluntary and conscious infidelity, even the smallest.


STATION IV JESUS MEETS HIS BLESSED MOTHER

STATION VIII JESUS MEETS THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted - and a sword will pierce your own soul too (Lk 2:34-35).

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves (Lk 23:27-28).

Jesus: Listen, My daughter, although all the works that come into being by My will are exposed to great sufferings, consider whether any of them has been subject to greater difficulties than that work which is directly Mine - the work of Redemption. You should not worry too much about adversities (Diary, 1643). Sr Faustina: I saw the Blessed Virgin... (she) held me close to herself and said to me: Be courageous. Do not fear apparent obstacles, but fix your gaze upon the Passion of My Son, and in this way, you will be victorious (Diary, 449). My prayer: Mary, Mother of Mercy, be with me always, and especially in suffering, in the same way as you were on the way of the cross of your Son.

Jesus: O how pleasing to Me is living faith! (Diary, 1420). I desire that you would all have more faith at the present time (Diary, 352). Sr Faustina: I fervently beg the Lord to strengthen my faith, so that in my drab, everyday life I will not be guided by human dispositions, but by those of the spirit. Oh, how everything drags man towards the earth! But lively faith maintains the soul in the higher regions and assigns self-love its proper place; that is to say, the lowest one (Diary, 210). My prayer: Merciful Lord, I thank You for holy baptism and the grace of faith. Again and again I call: Lord, I believe! Increase my faith!

STATION V SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY THE CROSS

STATION IX JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME

As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus (Lk 23:26).

Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth... But the Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity (Is 53:7-10).

Jesus: I permit these adversities in order to increase his merit. I do not reward for good results but for the patience and hardship undergone for My sake (Diary, 86). Sr Faustina: O my Jesus, You do not give a reward for the successful performance of a work, but for the good will and labour undertaken. Therefore, I am completely at peace, even if all my undertakings and efforts should be thwarted or should come to naught. If I do all that is in my power, the rest is not my business (Diary, 952). My prayer: O Jesus, my Lord, let every thought, word and action be undertaken exclusively out of love for You. Purify my intentions.

STATION VI VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem (Is 53:2-3). Jesus: Know that whatever good you do to any soul, I accept it as if you had done it to Me (Diary, 1768). Sr Faustina: I am learning how to be good from Jesus, from Him who is goodness itself, so that I may be called a daughter of the heavenly Father (Diary, 669). Great love can change small things into great ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions (Diary, 303). My prayer: Lord Jesus, my Master, make merciful my eyes, hands, lips, heart... Keep transforming me into mercy.

STATION VII JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted (Is 53:4). Jesus: The cause of your falls is that you rely too much upon yourself and too little on Me. (Diary, 1488) Without special help from Me, you are not even capable of accepting My graces (Diary, 738). Sr Faustina: Jesus, do not leave me alone... You know, Lord, how weak I am. I am an abyss of wretchedness, I am nothingness itself; so what will be so strange if You leave me alone and I fall? (Diary, 1489). So You, Jesus, must stand by me constantly like a mother by a helpless child - and even more so (Diary, 264). My prayer: May Your grace assist me, Lord, so that I may not keep falling continuously into the same errors; and when I fall, help me to get up and praise Your mercy.

Jesus: My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety. These will deprive you of the ability to practice virtue... I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy (Diary, 1488). Sr Faustina: My Jesus, despite Your graces, I see and feel all my misery. I begin my day with battle and end it with battle. As soon as I conquer one obstacle, ten more appear to take its place. But I am not worried, because I know that this is the time of struggle, not peace (Diary, 606). My prayer: Merciful Lord, I give You this, which is exclusively my own property, that is, sin and human weakness. I beg of You, let my wretchedness be drowned in Your unfathomable mercy.

STATION X JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS When the soldiers ... took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier, they also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, ‘Let’s not tear it but cast lots for it to see whose it will be’, in order that the passage of the scripture might be fulfilled (Jn 19:23-24). Sr Faustina: Jesus was suddenly standing before me, stripped of His clothes, His body completely covered with wounds, His eyes flooded with tears and blood. His face disfigured and covered with spittle. The Lord then said to me: The bride must resemble her Betrothed. I understood these words to their very depth. There is no room for doubt here. My likeness to Jesus must be through suffering and humility (Diary, 268). My prayer: Jesus, gentle and humble of Heart, touch my heart and make it like Your own.

STATION XI JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself if you are the Son of God, (and) come down from the cross!’ Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself... He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him’ (Mt 27:39-43). Jesus: My pupil, have great love for those who cause you suffering. Do good to those who hate you (Diary, 1628). Sr Faustina: O my Jesus, you know what efforts are needed to live sincerely and unaffectedly with those from whom our nature flees, or with those who, deliberately or not, have made us suffer. Humanly speaking, this is impossible. At such times more than at others, I try to discover the Lord Jesus in such a person and for this same Jesus, I do everything for such people (Diary, 766). My prayer: O purest Love, rule in all Your plenitude in my heart and let me love even the things that, humanly speaking, are impossible to love.


THE SACRAMENT OF HEALING

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon... Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit’; and when he had said this he breathed his last (Lk 23:44-46). But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out (Jn 19:33-40). Jesus: All this is for the salvation of souls. Consider well, My daughter, what you are doing for their salvation (Diary, 1184). Sr Faustina: Then I saw the Lord nailed to the cross. When He had hung on it for a while, I saw a multitude of souls crucified like Him. Then I saw a second multitude of souls, and a third. The second multitude were not nailed to [their] crosses, but were holding them firmly in their hands. The third were neither nailed to [their] crosses, nor holding them firmly in their hands, but were dragging [their] crosses behind them and were discontent. Jesus then said to me: Do you see these souls? Those who are like Me in the pain and contempt they suffer will be like Me also in glory. And those who also resemble Me less in pain and contempt will also bear less resemblance to Me in glory (Diary, 446). My prayer: O Jesus, my Saviour, hide me in the depth of Your Heart, so that strengthened by Your grace, I may imitate You in the love of the cross and participate in Your glory.

STATION XIII JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, ‘This man was innocent beyond doubt.’ When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance (Lk 23:47-49). Jesus: Most dear to Me is the soul that strongly believes in My goodness and has complete trust in Me. I heap My confidence upon it and give it all it asks (Diary, 453). Sr Faustina: I fly to Your mercy Compassionate God, who, alone are good. Although my misery is great, and my offences are many, I trust in Your mercy, because You are the God of mercy; and, from time immemorial, it has never been heard of, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed (Diary, 1730). My prayer: Merciful Jesus, every day increase within me trust in Your mercy, so I may always and everywhere give witness to Your infinite goodness and love.

STATION XIV JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB They took the body of Jesus and bound it with the burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by (Jn 19:40-42). Jesus: You are not yet in your homeland; so go, fortified by My grace, and fight for My kingdom in human souls; fight as a king’s child would; and remember that the days of your exile will pass quickly, and with them the possibility of earning merit for heaven. I expect from you... a great number of souls who will glorify My mercy for all eternity (Diary, 1489). Sr Faustina: Every soul You have entrusted to me, Jesus, I will try to aid with prayer and sacrifice, so that Your grace can work in them. O great lover of souls, my Jesus, I thank You for the immense confidence with which You have deigned to place souls in our care (Diary, 245). My prayer: Merciful Lord, grant that not even one of those souls which You have entrusted to me be lost.

CLOSING PRAYER My Jesus, my only hope, I thank you for this book which You opened to the eyes of my soul. This book is Your Passion, undertaken out of love of me. From this book, I learned how to love God and souls. This book contains inexhaustible treasures. O Jesus, how few souls understand You in Your martyrdom of love. Happy the soul that has come to understand the love of the heart of Jesus (Diary, 304).

CONFESSION STEPS TO A GOOD CONFESSION

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STATION XII JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

Examine your conscience Be sorry for your sins Make a firm resolution of sinning no more Confess your sins to a priest Perform your penance

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was ... For these sins, I am truly sorry. EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE 1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have other gods before Me. Do I love with all my heart the Lord who loves me and cares for me? Do I seek His presence, pray daily, and trust in Him, or have I failed to place Him first, or even betrayed Him through occult practices? 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Do I revere God’s name, or have I taken it lightly, carelessly, or blasphemously, even wishing evil on others? Have I received Him worthily in Holy Communion? 3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day. Do I worship the Lord by taking part in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, or have I been indifferent to the Eucharist, to Christ’s redeeming love, preferring earthly goods for my family and self? Is Sunday my day of rest? 4. Honour your father and your mother. Have I loved, respected, and obeyed my parents who gave me life? Do I care for them when they are in need or in old age? Do I forgive them when they are at fault? In difficulties, am I patient with them? 5. You shall not kill. Have I loved my neighbour, or have I physically harmed or hastened the death of another through violence, abortion, euthanasia, drugs, hatred, the morning-after pill or contraceptive coil ? Have I practiced ways of life that are harmful to my family and self spiritually and physically? Do I eat or drink immoderately? 6. and 9. You shall not commit adultery; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife. Have I been pure and holy in thoughts, words and actions, or have I been unfaithful to my spouse or

desirous of another? Have I been sexually active outside of marriage, or with another of the same sex? Have I indulged in pornography, masturbation, contraception, and other sexual sins? Have I acted against my conscience and led others into sexual sin? 7. and 10. You shall not steal; you shall not covet your neighbour’s goods. Do I respect other’s goods, or have I been envious and greedy, even taking what belongs to another? Have I neglected to return stolen goods or make equal restitution? Have I paid my debts? Have I wasted time at work, at school, or at home? Have I squandered my resources on non-essentials or on gambling? Have I failed to work for justice, support the poor and the Church in its mission? Have money or possessions become my god? 8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. Have I been honest, or have I lied, gossiped, given false testimony, ruined the good name of another, broken confidentiality, or denied the truth out of pride or hypocrisy? Have I shown mercy to others? Am I ashamed to confess a mortal sin? (Mortal sin: grave matter, full knowledge, and full consent of the will). ACT OF CONTRITION 0 my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all, because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. MESSENGER OF MERCY

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From the writings of bl Stanislaus Papczynski (1631 - 1701)

MYSTICAL TEMPLE OF GOD Chapter 4/1

The Sacrifice of the Mystical Temple Be far from this temple of ours – victim that is displeasing to God, which He Himself spurns saying somewhere: “Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?” (Ps 50:13). Be far from this temple those buying and selling, which He holds in greatest abomination according to the well-known words of Jerome: “Let there be no business dealing in the house of our heart, no commerce between buyers and sellers, no desire for gifts: let Jesus not enter when He is angry and stern, otherwise He will not cleanse His temple except with the use of a whip” (cf. Mt 21:12-13).

My granddaughter is doing much better I am writing to say that my prayers have been answered through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski. I asked Blessed Stanislaus to intercede on behalf of my son and granddaughter. My son had lost his job and his house. His daughter had become very sick.

Holy Spirit Himself exhorts: “Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord; [...] Servants of the just, bless the Lord” (Dn 3: 84-85). Pleasing finally, yes, indeed most pleasing, are the poverty, chastity and obedience of Religious men and women, because it rests on the counsel of Christ; our Lord demanded earnestly and exacted these very offerings from St Francis in the form of golden plates.

Now my son has a wonderful job, and my granddaughter is doing much better health-wise. I will always thank God for this grace through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus. I will keep praying for the canonization of Blessed Stanislaus in thanksgiving for his help. RM No more seizures for daughter Three years after my grandson was born, my daughter began to have seizures. After three grand mal seizures, a specialist diagnosed her with epilepsy. He prescribed heavy medication and informed me that she could no longer drive a car, get a job, or live a normal life.

What then should be offered in sacrifice to the eternal Majesty? King David sings: “My sacrifice, God, is an afflicted spirit; God, do not spurn a contrite, humbled heart.” (Ps. 51:19). Let the afflicted offer to God in sacrifice his affliction; the sinner his contrition, the righteous his humility, the Priest his praise, the Religious his vows; just as the same King David urges us elsewhere: “Offer praise as you sacrifice to God; fulfill your vows to the Most High” (Ps 50:14). Pleasing is the offering of the afflicted, when he particularly blesses God in it, whether his affliction is imposed upon him for his sins or for the merit of his eternal glory; in consequence one of the Fathers says, “There is nothing more blessed than the tongue that thanks God in adversity.” Pleasing is the contrition of the repentant sinner, for as the Lord Himself declares, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance” (Lk 15:7). Pleasing is the prayer of a humble creature, because “it penetrates the clouds”; because God “gives grace to the humble”. And just as the righteous man at the beginning of his speaking is his own accuser, just so God is always present near him as a friend who takes delight in humility.

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A call came for a job I had been asking Blessed Stanislaus to intercede on behalf of my husband for work and good health. He had gone for more than two years with hardly any work. He is 66, has had a stroke, and has problems with his lungs. I’ve always looked at the “Graces Received” letters in your magazine, but I had never asked Blessed Stanislaus to help. Well, I saw one of the recent issues and decided to start turning to Blessed Stanislaus. In a few days, my husband got calls for work as a painter. But then the calls stopped, so I started again. I started on August 2, and a call came for a job on 6th of August. SP

I began to ask Blessed Stanislaus to intercede that we would find the cause of these seizures and that she would be healed. He answered my prayer for her healing. To date, my daughter has had no more seizures and lives a normal lifestyle. Thank you, Blessed Stanislaus. CH Grandchildren are no longer addicted to heroin When I received a copy of Messenger of Mercy magazine, I was immediately drawn to Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski. I began to ask him to intercede for three of my adult grandchildren. All three, two boys and a girl were addicted to heroin at the same time. With this drug addiction came all the misery — jails, hospitals, and serious health issues. After about one year of asking Blessed Stanislaus to help them, he did. All three are clean and have turned their lives around. This is truly a miracle.

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Testimonies of the graces received through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski

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PRAYER FOR A SPECIAL GRACE THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF BL. STANISLAUS PAPCZYNSKI God, our Father, Who in Your unfathomable Providence gave us in Blessed Father Stanislaus a successful intercessor before Your throne, grant me (us) through his intercession the grace …, for which I beg (we beg) You, also grant that in accord with his example I (we) may faithfully fulfil Your most holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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I desire trust from my creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy (Diary, 1059). Familiarising ourselves with the mystery of God’s mercy and contemplating it in our daily lives generates and develops an attitude of trust in God. The more we know someone and experience their goodness, the more we trust them. We are not able to trust someone whom we don’t know. We are reserved in our behaviour towards them because we are unsure of their abilities, their wisdom, their honesty, their kindness and their love. The same principle applies in our relations with God. As long as we don’t know Him, we are afraid of Him, we lack faith, we are afraid of being punished, we don’t trust Him, etc. As we come to know God and experience His merciful love, the attitude of trust develops more fully within us. How can we not trust the One for whom nothing is impossible, who is pure wisdom and who loves us with an infinite love, says Sister Faustina. However, first we need to come to know God as Wisdom, Omnipotence, Mercy, we need to have a true image of Him, experience His merciful love. Life shows us that this isn’t at all easy because through original sin, we carry within us the wound of distrust which magnifies our personal sins. Satan poisons our souls with the venom of distrust whenever we succumb to his whisperings. He wants to convince us – as he did Adam and Eve – that God doesn’t love us, that He doesn’t want what is good for us because He forbids us access to certain things, that He’s not concerned about us, that He might well have made everything once but now the fate of people on Earth no longer interests Him; He lives in heaven and He doesn’t respond to all the injustice, pain and human suffering. If He did love us, He wouldn’t permit such suffering. You have to admit that on this front, Satan has had a fair number of victories. However, the reality is quite the reverse. God is closer to us than any other person could be. He sustains

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us and the whole world, He cares about our biological and spiritual life, He decided to live among us on earth which is why He sent His only begotten Son to take on human flesh, to redeem us and to remain among us in the Word and in the sacramental signs. What is more, He made the human soul – providing it’s in a state of sanctifying grace – a place where the Blessed Trinity can dwell. God is present in our lives, He wants us to use His presence, His goodness. He wants us to be happy now and throughout eternity, which is why He has deposited so many gifts for us in the Church and He has given us Himself. Is it possible to distrust such a God? Human experience shows that it is, because mankind is free. Being free, we can trust God but we can also reject His love. The act of trusting is an act of our own human will, an act through which we respond in a positive way to the merciful love of God. However, we are also capable of rejecting God’s merciful love and following our own path. Jesus said to Sister Faustina, I desire trust from my creatures. Encourage souls to place great trust in My fathomless mercy (Diary, 1059). The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it (Diary,1273). I heap my confidence upon it and give it all it asks (Diary, 453). Jesus Christ wants everyone to trust Him, and He encourages sinners to adopt this attitude (Diary, 1146) and souls who are striving for perfection (Diary, 1578). He teaches us that trust is the only vessel with which we can gather graces, the more a soul trusts the more it will receive (Diary, 1578). He complains to Sister Faustina that, Sins of distrust wound Me most painfully (Diary, 1076). If My death has not convinced you of My love, what will? (Diary,580). As an apostle of Divine Mercy, Sister Faustina was to provide an example of childlike, unconditional trust in God in her own life. Your duty, she was told by Jesus, will be to trust completely in My goodness, and

Spirit so that I might carry out His holy will in all things (Diary, 56).

How did Sister Faustina perceive this sort of trust? She understood it to encompass her attitude towards God at all times in her life, an attitude which expressed itself externally by fulfilling the will of God expressed in the commandments, in her duties or in the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. For Sister Faustina, trust did not mean a pious exaltation or an intellectual acceptance of the truths of faith. Instead, it meant a very definite attitude expressed in carrying out the will of God which, as she often said herself, is nothing but mercy for us. If a person comes to know God in the mystery of His mercy, then he knows that the will of God is concerned with one thing only: the good of mankind.

Thanks to prayer and the faithful fulfilment of God’s will always and everywhere, Sister Faustina’s attitude of trust grew and she became stronger spiritually which, with the help of God’s grace, helped her to overcome ever greater trials. Jesus demanded much of her and ordered her to carry out works which in every way were beyond her natural capabilities e.g. the painting of the image or the spreading of the devotion to Divine Mercy. At times like these, she did not debate whether Jesus was right or not or if she had it in her to carry this order out. Instead she concentrated on ways in which to do the will of God, although this was often the cause of much suffering and hardship. When my soul is in anguish, she wrote, I think only in this way: Jesus is good and full of mercy, and even if the ground were to give way under my feet, I would not cease to trust in Him (Diary, 1192).

On one occasion, I was talking to somebody about God’s commandments in the light of the goodness that God reserves for us. After listening to me, she said, This is a revolution in my life. I never thought about the Ten Commandments in this way. I never saw them as a gift from God who defends my good. I was accustomed to seeing them as a collection of orders and prohibitions: ‘Do not kill, do not steal, do not give false witness, honour your father and your mother’ etc. I never thought that each commandment defends my spiritual and temporal good. I’ve only just now seen that God’s commandments are a gift, not a burden. Yes, the will of God is a gift flowing from God’s mercy. Sister Faustina discovered this which is why, trusting God, she fulfilled His will. There is one word I heed and constantly ponder, she wrote in the Diary, it alone is everything to me; I live by it, and die by it, and it is the holy will of God. It is my daily food. My whole soul listens intently to God’s wishes. I do always what God asks of me, although my nature often quakes (Diary, 652). Sister Faustina candidly admitted that at the beginning of this way of trust, she was terrified and was filled with fear, particularly at times of suffering. In the Diary she admits, At the beginning of my religious life, suffering and adversities frightened and disheartened me. So I prayed continuously, asking Jesus to strengthen me and to grant me the power of His Holy

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My duty will be to give you all you need. I am making Myself dependent upon your trust (Diary,548).

Eventually, Sister Faustina abandoned herself entirely without any fear to the will of God. In a special act of oblation, she declared to God, Lead me... along whatever roads you please; I have placed all my trust in Your will which is, for me, love and mercy itself... Should You take me in my youth, be blessed; should You let me live to a ripe old age, be blessed... should You confine me to a bed of pain for my whole life, be blessed (Diary, 1264). She continues by listing all the various circumstances in which she will be grateful to God. This was no empty declaration but words streaming from a heart burning with trust, which saw God’s love in each expression of His will. By this time, Sister Faustina was deeply certain that everything God would do with her, everything He would demand of her would be an expression of His goodness because God is Love and Mercy. Sister Faustina left a perfect example of trust in God in all things, and of the faithful fulfilment of His will. She teaches us how practically to attain this attitude in our own lives and how to strive for unity with God by the shortest and surest way. Sister M. Elżbieta Siepak ZMBM Orędzie Miłosierdzia 35, 2000

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DIVINE MERCY, TRIUMPH OVER CANCER A guide for patients, survivors, and their caregivers by Ronald M. Sobecks, MD Marian Press, 267 pages, £ 12.95 Product code: DMTC If you know of anyone who has been affected by cancer - a cancer patient or survivor, their family and caregivers here is a must-have guide to Divine Mercy that offers hope and even triumph over the disease. The author is Ronald M. Sobecks, MD, an oncologist (cancer doctor) who has practiced at the Cleveland Clinic for 12 years. For nearly 20 years, he has sought to live The Divine Mercy message as the definitive source of hope for all in need of healing. How exactly does Dr. Sobecks combine his expertise on cancer with his knowledge of the message of Divine Mercy? I know of no one more qualified to answer this question than Fr Seraphim Michalenko MIC. In his review of the book, he writes: “From the standpoint of my longtime study of The Divine Mercy message and devotion, as well as my recent experience as a cancer survivor, I am deeply appreciative of Divine Mercy, Triumph over Cancer by Ronald M. Sobecks, MD. He does a masterful job of integrating his knowledge of cancer with an understanding of human health and wellbeing that is informed by God’s truth and mercy. In this regard, Dr. Sobecks draws with insight from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal teachings, and the Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska”. Building on this foundation, one of the greatest strengths of the book is the way Dr. Sobecks weaves in the personal stories of many of his cancer patients. His goals are to help the reader understand the disease and demonstrate how those with cancer can triumph over it spiritually. 20

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How Divine Mercy Heals the Effects of Abortion by Bryan Thatcher, MD and Fr Frank Pavone Marian Press, 79 pages, £ 4.50 Product Code: RWNM Don’t let its size fool you. This 79-page booklet on healing from the after effects of abortion is brimming with spiritual insights on Divine Mercy, important medical information, and riveting firsthand accounts of abortion victims. Rachel, Weep No More draws its authority from the renowned Fr Frank Pavone and Bryan Thatcher, MD. The authors reveal common mistruths about abortion and provide vital information. They cover topics like post-abortion syndrome for the mother and the ripple effect on others, as well as the healing and forgiveness that is possible through Divine Mercy. They even take the reader inside the political and medical mindset that insists abortion is simply a “painless procedure.” Rachel, Weep No More also includes gripping personal accounts - from Norma McCorvey (the Jane Roe of “Roe vs. Wade”) and Bernard Nathanson (a former leader in the abortion industry) to two women who have had abortions and even the perspective of a father. Whether you have lived through an abortion, been caught in its aftershock, or are on the front lines in the battle for life, Rachel, Weep No More is a must read. Kathleen Ervin

“To Jesus through Mary.” So goes the time-proven and surest way to find your way to Christ. In keeping with this ancient wisdom, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception launched their second mobile app (application) on Dec. 8, 2011, this one on Mary, to accompany the app on Divine Mercy published earlier in 2011. The Mary App will be free and accessible initially by iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. You will be able to download it at thedivinemercy.org/app According to Fr Michael Gaitley MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers, the Mary app is designed “to help people come to know and love Our Blessed Mother more deeply so as to draw closer to Jesus Christ. It will be a complete resource for information on Our Lady.” Father Michael says the Mary App will synthesize the information to present Mary in a consistent way: “The Mary you meet in the Rosary is the same woman you meet in the teachings of the Church. She is the same woman who has appeared to people around the world for centuries.” The Mary App will consist of three sections: Marian Doctrine, Devotion to Mary, and MaryPlus. Marian Doctrine will explore the Church’s teachings about Mary.

Who was She? What was her role in salvation? The Mary App will present these and other topics in terms of the Church’s Marian dogmas and the various titles of Mary. Father Michael says the app will then describe the major events in Church history that involve Our Lady. The doctrinal section will also include answers to frequently asked questions about Mary such as, “Why ask for Mary’s help?” “Did Mary need to be redeemed?” and “Do Catholics worship Mary?” The section will conclude with a recommendation of resources for those who want to go deeper in their learning. The devotion section will feature the Rosary, Marian sacramentals, Marian consecration, feasts, and various prayers. This chapter will contain information on how we can get to know Mary as a person. “As human beings, we don’t get to know others just by learning about them intellectually,” Fr Michael says. “We have to encounter them personally. Devotions are particular expressions of ways in which we can live out and deepen our relationships with God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary, the saints, and the angels.”

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New books on Divine Mercy

Marians launched new software made for mobile devices Mary App

Finally, the app will contain a Mary-Plus chapter. Here, users will be able to see images of Mary, read about Church-approved apparitions, get information on Marian shrines around the world, find out more about the Marian Fathers, learn about the Association of Marian Helpers, and more. “The Mary App was written simply,” Fr Michael says. “ We designed it for everyday people who want to grow in their relationship with Mary. It will unite deeper understanding with heartfelt devotion.”

ºBooks can be ordered from: Divine Mercy Bookshop, see inside back cover.

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The Servants of Divine Mercy Filipino Divine Mercy formation group in London

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32) My conversion My name is Lydia. I was born in Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. I am the youngest of nine children. I am married to Efren and blessed with two children. A few years ago I was very ill for almost a month. During that time I turned back to Jesus. By His grace I was healed and to me it was a miracle. Under the inspiration of the Divine Mercy Image I decided to help the poor. This desire grew very strong in me. I prayed to Jesus and to His Holy Mother to find out how I could do that. One day during my daily prayers a strange idea came to my mind - to build a chapel. As I pondered over this , I realised that in the place of my birth lived the poorest people. Sometimes they had to celebrate Holy Mass under a tree. Very often they were not able to meet Jesus in the holy sacraments. I understood what I should do. I decided to build chapel in the place of my birth. Fortunately one of my cousin donated his property. The construction of the chapel started in February 2009. Also I received help from other benefactors and through the Servants of Divine Mercy. On the Easter Sunday 2009 the first Holy Mass in the newly chapel was celebrated by Fr Clifford Gavina and Fr Michael Tolentino. On 30 July 2009 the chapel was blessed by Archbishop Ernesto Salgado. This chapel is the best gift for people in the place of my birth. Now they are able to attend the Holy Mass and participate in the holy sacraments. The light of Christ began to shine and give hope to all of them, strengthening their faith and giving deep meaning to their lives for Jesus today and for the future.

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The Servants of Divine Mercy The group is a shared devotion to the Divine Mercy. We started it with a Filipino neighbourhood community. The idea is to have a deep and inspired spiritual commitment to the well being of others, our families and for ourselves. Every Saturday we have regular prayer group meetings where we read and study the Bible, and share life experiences and testimonies based on the Gospel reading of the day. The other activities include attending a day of prayer for the Divine Mercy every first Saturday of the month in Ealing. For our own spiritual growth and maturity, each member is encouraged to attend mass, do confession, do works of mercy, pray the rosary, and do the 3 o’clock Divine Mercy prayer. Each member is also encouraged to read the Bible and Saint Faustina’s diary to help us learn about the history of the Divine Mercy , in order for us to strengthen our faith and develop our knowledge about Almighty God’s love, kindness, goodness, and His Divine grace. Each member of the group contributes every month a small donation as a group funding for future needs and projects: such as assistance given to the Philippines care of Archbishop Ernest Salgado, accommodating and accompanying Filipino bishops and priests visiting London, also assisting the Filipino chaplaincy. We do as much fund raising as possible for the continued development of the Divine Mercy Chapel that has been built in the Philippines. In addition, this fund is also used as charitable donations for catastrophes and disasters such as floods and so on. If one of our close family relatives dies , each member contributes a donation to support each other. For more info contact: Lydia via Divine Mercy Apostolate

10TH MARCH, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Day of Prayer 10:30 am - 4:30 pm St Scholastica’s Church 17 Kenninghall Road London E5 8BS

JULY, SATURDAY - TBA Divine Mercy Day of Prayer 10:30 am - 4:30 pm St George’s Southwark Cathedral Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7HY

17TH MARCH, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Day of Prayer 10:30 am - 4:30 pm St John’s Porthsmuth Cathedral Edinburgh Road Portsmouth PO1 3HG

7TH JULY, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Day of Prayer 10 am - 4:30 pm The Annunciation and St Augustine Church 88 Beckenham Hill Road London SE6 3PU

14TH APRIL, SATURDAY EVE OF DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Aylesford 10:30 am - 5 pm The Friars, Aylesford Kent ME20 7BX

27TH AUGUST, MONDAY BANK HOLIDAY Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Aylesford Divine Mercy in my Heart 10:30 am - 5 pm The Friars, Aylesford Kent ME20 7BX

19TH MAY, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Day of Prayer 10:30 am - 4:30 pm St David’s Cardiff Cathedral 38 Charles Street Cardiff CF10 2SF

22ND SEPTEMBER, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Conference 11 am - 5 pm Church of Our Lady 2 Windsor Road Ealing, London W5 5PD

2ND JUNE, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham 10 am - 5 pm Walsingham NR22 6AL

27TH OCTOBER, SATURDAY Divine Mercy Day of Prayer 10 am - 5 pm Westminster Cathedral 42 Francis Street London SW1P 1QW

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You are warmly welcomed to the monthly prayer groups organised by Divine Mercy Apostolate, Marian Fathers THE HOUR OF MERCY FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

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DAY OF PRAYER WITH MARY TO THE DIVINE MERCY Join us in prayer to the Divine Mercy on every first Friday of the month. We meet in the Church of Our Lady,

2 Windsor Road, Ealing, London W5 5PD,

near Ealing Broadway underground. Programme 2.30pm Rosary 3.00pm Divine Mercy Hour, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet 3.30pm Holy Mass 4.30pm Tea and coffee in the church hall, opportunity to purchase devotional items

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FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Divine Mercy Apostolate 1 Courtfield Gardens, London W13 0EY tel. 020 8998 0925

Programme 10.45 am Morning Prayer 11.00 am Rosary 11.30 am Holy Mass 12.30 pm Meditation 1.00 pm Lunch Break 2.00 pm Talk 3.00 pm Holy Hour, Exposition, Chaplet to the Divine Mercy, Veneration of St Faustina’s Relics 4.00 pm Evening Prayer (bring your packed lunch)


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Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying

The Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and the Dying

Fr George Kosicki, CSB, has compiled key passages of Jesus’ own words to St Faustina, following themes such as trust, deeds of mercy, and humble simplicity arranged for each year.

Take advantage of Our Lord’s promise of great mercy for those who are dying by praying the Chaplet for them during adoration. A great resource for those who minister to the dying.

This pamphlet includes how to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, answers the question about praying for the dying “from a distance”, and describes the importance of praying for the dying.

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the lord said to me, I am taking you into My school for the whole of lent. I want to teach you how to suffer. I answered, “With You, lord, I am ready for everything.� And I heard a voice, You are allowed to drink from the cup from which I drink. I give you that exclusive privilege today ... (Diary of St Faustina, 1626)

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