We have another saint lined up for today, because it’s SUPER timely. Just this Saturday, I attended a Divine Mercy Sunday conference in da Bronx. I had a decision to make, either I would use D to discuss my man St. Dominic, or I would do it with the letter F, for St. Faustina. You can’t talk Catholic and make no mention of St. Faustina.
Last time I shared some Easter egg goodies with you – not all the goodies, mind you. We have to keep these short.
Who is it?
Sister Maria Fasutina was canonized (or made a saint) by soon to be saint John Paul II, in 2000. She is the first saint of the millennium. Her message via books of her diary and the life she led, speak of the extraordinary revelations or messages from Jesus. Jesus asked Sister. Faustina to record these experiences, which she compiled in notebooks. St. Faustina was born in 1905, the third of nine children. To say they were poor is an understatement. According to the Divine Mercy Website:
Sister Maria Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and by innumerable sufferings which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died in Krakow at the age of just 33 on October 5, 1938, with a reputation for spiritual maturity and a mystical union with God. The reputation of the holiness of her life grew as did the cult to the Divine Mercy and the graces she obtained from God through her intercession.
Why did I choose to share this particular “F” with you?
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on April 26th and 27th – the same day/s that Blessed John Paul II will be canonized a saint!! Considering he canonized her a saint in 2000, this is a perfect, perfect date! I just attended the 9th Annual Divine Mercy Conference in the Bronx Saturday where Timothy Cardinal Dolan ended the day by celebrating mass. Pope Francis was there too, his cardboard representative, anyway. We prayed, listened to talks, had confession and adoration (didn’t teach ya that one), and I got to see and hug nuns!!! Did I tell you, I have a thing for nuns? There’s such a joy in them, I can’t even tell you!
While there we prayed a few devotions to express and expand upon the Divine Mercy message. Three O’clock is known as the Divine Mercy Hour and comes from St. Faustina’s diary where she writes:
At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320).
During this hour, we all prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet which calls for a repeating of this divinely inspired prayer:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us. (Diary, 475)
If you ever get the chance to watch it on EWTN, it’s truly beautiful to hear and see people that don’t know you, or you them praying for your salvation and that of the whole world. For more information, please had over to the Divine Mercy Website.
Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter G. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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