- Apr 22, 2021
Marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ’s message of divine mercy would remain “alive in the hearts of the faithful.”
Kamila Kaminska, the Polish actress who played St. Faustina Kowalska in the new movie “Love and Mercy: Faustina,” read the diaries her fellow countrywoman wrote to help prepare for the role.
The message of mercy, accentuated on this eighth day of Easter, allows us to change our lives and to suffer so that we may become better people for our own sakes’ and for those around us.
The Sunday after Easter was once called Low Sunday, but now we celebrate it as Divine Mercy Sunday. The reason is that after a long 20th century, the human family is in tremendous need of healing and hope, of both receiving mercy and sharing compassion with one another.
Some Catholics these days are convinced that a great Divine Judgment is right around the corner. Faced with speculation, what to do? Probably the best approach is to live local and love local, do the best we can … and let God be in charge of the big stuff.
The day after Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate was the feast of St. Faustina Kowalska, the apostle of divine mercy. Rather than doubling down on promoting one campaign or another and adding to the anger and noise, a prayerful focus on Divine Mercy might just make for a more merciful politics in 2016.
With a visit Saturday morning to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki and then a Mass at Krakow’s sprawling Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis paid homage to his storied predecessor Saturday morning and to St. Faustina Kowalska, whose legacies hang over his Year of Mercy.
There is no greater symbol of mercy in Krakow than the Divine Mercy shrine. Among its sisters is a Sr Faustina lookalike who urges people to “really trust” in God’s mercy.