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Monday, September 28, 2015

OCTOBER 5 - Saint Faustina Kowalska - The apostle, secretary of The Divine Mercy

St. Faustina’s Prayer to Be Merciful

O Most Holy Trinity! As many times as I breathe, as many times as my heart beats, as many times as my blood pulsates through my body, so many thousand times do I want to glorify Your mercy.

I want to be completely transformed into Your mercy and to be Your living reflection, 0 Lord. May the greatest of all divine attributes, that of Your unfathomable mercy, pass through my heart and soul to my neighbour.

Help me, O Lord, that my eyes may be merciful, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look for what is beautiful in my neighbours' souls and come to their rescue.

Help me, that my ears may be merciful, so that I may give heed to my neighbours' needs and not be indifferent to their pains and moanings.

Help me, O Lord, that my tongue may be merciful, so that I should never speak negatively of my neighbour, but have a word of comfort and forgiveness for all.

Help me, O Lord, that my hands may be merciful and filled with good deeds, so that I may do only good to my neighbours and take upon myself the more difficult and toilsome tasks.

Help me, that my feet may be merciful, so that I may hurry to assist my neighbour, overcoming my own fatigue and weariness. My true rest is in the service of my neighbour.

Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbour. I will refuse my heart to no one. I will be sincere even with those who, I know, will abuse my kindness. And I will lock myself up in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. I will bear my own suffering in silence. May Your mercy, O Lord, rest upon me.

You yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy.

The first: the act of mercy, of whatever kind.

The second: the word of mercy - if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words.

The third: prayer - if I cannot show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically.

O my Jesus, transform me into Yourself, for you can do all things.

 St. Faustina Kowalska


The first Divine Mercy painting by Kazimierowski (1934) at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary (Vilnius)

Il diario della misericordia, visioni e profezie di Suor Faustina - Published on May 4, 2016 - Tv2000it - Indagine ai confini del sacro -
“Il Diario della Misericordia: suor Faustina Kowalska” la puntata che approfondisce la figura dell’l’apostola della Divina Misericordia. Una testimone di fede da riscoprire. Puntata del 3 maggio 2016.

St. Faustina and the Image of Divine Mercy - Published on 21 Mar 2016
On March 2, 2016 Sr. Gaudia Skass of the Congregations of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy was the guest speaker at St. Mary's Church in New Haven. She spoke about the life of St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy message.

Saint Faustina Kowalska


included in  DIDACHE (written around 70 AD - only  40 years after the death of Jesus Christ - and discovered around 1873)
“...Do  not  murder  children  in  abortion,  nor  kill  that  which  is  born...”


Saint Faustina and abortion - from her diary - no. 1276

1276  September 16, 1937. I wanted very much to make a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament today, but God’s will was otherwise. At eight o’clock I was seized with such violent pains that I had to go to bed at once. I was convulsed with pain for three hours; that is, until eleven o’clock at night. No medicine had any effect on me, and whatever I swallowed I threw up. At times, the pains caused me to lose consciousness. Jesus had me realize that in this way I took part in His Agony in the Garden, and that He Himself allowed these sufferings in order to make reparation to God for the souls murdered in the wombs of wicked mothers. I have gone through these sufferings three times now. They always start at eight o’clock in the evening and last until eleven. No medicine can lessen these sufferings. When eleven o’clock comes, they cease by themselves, and I fall asleep at that moment. The following day, I feel very weak. “This happened to me the first time when I was at the sanatorium. The doctors couldn’t get to the bottom of it, and no injection or medicine helped me at all nor did I myself have any idea of what the sufferings were about. I told the doctor that never before in my life had I experienced such sufferings, and he declared he did not know what sort of pains they are. But now I understand the nature of these pains, because the Lord himself has made this known to me. Yet when I think that I may perhaps suffer in this way again, I tremble. But I don’t know whether I’ll ever again suffer in this way; I leave that to God. What it pleases God to send, I will accept with submission and love. If only I could save even one soul from murder by means of these sufferings!

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These paragraphs are very powerful, and when we contemplate the meaning of the "three hours" of her pain we can know even to a greater degree how she was called by Christ to truly suffer with Him, for precisely the number of hours we are told He suffered, and for the sake of children murdered by abortion.
Something to keep in mind is that Saint Faustina was a victim soul. God called her to experience suffering on behalf of the world’s sins. As Christians, God calls all of us to pray for mercy on behalf of our own sins and the sins of the world. Saint Faustina’s Diary is not her own. She was God’s instrument to express His thoughts to the world. This diary is a diary of mercy not judgment. It is the mercy of God we seek in prayer, not the judgment of God. There are many women who have had abortions who today very much wish they had not. Jesus gave us the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a means to seek His mercy for all souls. And certainly it is no coincidence that Jesus arranged that the Divine Mercy Chaplet could be prayed using His Mother’s beads.

Vade Retro - Io Suor Faustina vi racconto l'inferno che ho visto

St. Faustina's Vision of Hell - from her diary - no. 741

741 Today, I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw: the first torture that constitutes hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that one‟s condition will never change; (160) the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it – a terrible suffering, since it is purely spiritual fire, lit by God‟s anger; the fifth torture is continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan; the seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies. These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. (161) I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like.

I, Sister Faustina, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. I cannot speak about it now; but I have received a command from God to leave it in writing. The devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a 194

pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell. When I came to, I could hardly recover from the fright. How terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God‟s mercy upon them. O my Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, than offend You by the least sin.
(162) J.M.J.

Divine Mercy In My Soul

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Novena u l-Kurunella

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Divine Mercy Sunday

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Santa Marija Fawstina Kowalska twieldet fl-1905, minn familja kbira ta’ raħħala fi Glogowiec qrib Lodz, fil-Polonja.
Għal xi żmien għamlet xogħol ta’ qaddejja ma’ xi familji għonja.
Imbagħad daħlet fil-kongregazzjoni tas-sorijiet tal-Madonna tal-Ħniena.
Fil-kunvent tal-kongregazzjoni fi Krakovja, Plock, fil-Polonja, u f’Vilnius fil-Litwanja, qdiet b’ħerqa kbira l-uffiċċji ta’ koka, purtinara jew xogħol ieħor fil-ġnien.
Għexet ħajja tassew qaddisa u Alla taha ħafna doni. Il-missjoni tagħa kienet li tħeġġeġ lill-bnedmin ħalli jiftakru li Alla jħobbhom u jħenn għalihom, u għal dan inqdiet b’forom ġodda ta’ devozzjoni lejn il-ħniena ta’ Alla u ħabirket biex il-ħjja spiritwali tiġġdded bl-għajnuna ta’ dik id-devozzjoni.
Din il-qaddisa tissejjaħl-"Appostlu tal-Ħniena ta’ Alla."
Hija kienet qalbha tajba u karitattiva, imma tul ħajjitha ftit fehmu l-grazzji profondi spiritwali interni. Fawstina esperjenzjat viżjonijiet, profeziji u stigmati interni.
Fil-lejl tal-22 ta’ Frar 1931 hija esperjenzjat viżjoni bħal qatt qabel: rat lil Ġesù liebes l-abjad b’idu l-waħda maħruġa ’l barra qiegħda tbierek, u l-oħra tmiss sidru. Minn sidru kienu ħerġin żewġ raġġi, wieħed aħmar u l-ieħor bajdani. Hu qal lil Fawstina biex tpinġi xbieha fil-forma li kienet qed tara u bil-kliem taħt: Ġesù, jiena nafda fik. Fawstina ma kinitx taf tpinġi. Wara li tħabtet biex tiġi emmnuta, id-direttur spiritwali tagħha, Dun Mikiel Sopocko (ibbeatifikat fl-2008), għin biex jinstab pittur biex jagħmel it-tpinġija; ix-xbieha ta’ Ġesù tal-Ħniena Divina kienet murija lill-pubbliku għall-ewwel darba fit-28 ta’ April, 1935.
Id-devozzjoni lejn il-Ħniena Divina baqgħet tikber kif Fawstina kompliet tikber fl-għaqda tagħha ma’ Kristu. Biex timxi mal-istruzzjonijiet ta’ Dun Sopocko, Fawstina niżżlet bil-miktub il-viżjonijiet u l-profezija tagħha fi djarju u dawn il-kitbiet mistiċi ġew tradotti f’ħafna lingwi.
Fawstina ħabbret bil-quddiem id-data ta’ mewtha li seħħet bil-marda tat-tuberkoloż fil-5 ta’ Ottubru 1938.
Il-Papa San Ġwanni Pawlu II, iddikjaraha beata fit-18 ta’ April 1993; u seba’ snin wara ddikjaraha wkoll bħala l-ewwel qaddisa tat-tielet millenju.

Riflessjoni:  "Meta jiena nikkunsidra l-kobor u s-sbuħija tiegħek, O Alla tiegħi, jiena nifraħ bil-bosta li l-Mulej li jiena naqdi hu daqshekk kbir. Bl-imħabba u bil-ferħ jiena nagħmel ir-rieda tiegħek, u iktar ma nsir nafu, iktar nixtieq inħobbu. Jiena nħossni naqbad bix-xewqa li nsir inħobbu dejjem iżjed u iżjed." Mid-djarju ta’ Santa Fawstina

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"When I consider Your greatness and beauty, O my God, I rejoice exceedingly that the Lord I serve is so great. With love and joy I carry out His will, and the more I come to know Him, the more I desire to love Him. I burn with the desire to love Him ever more and more. " From the Diary of Saint Faustina 525


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