Divine Mercy Group
Divine Mercy in our soul
St. Faustina's unquenchable love for precious Jesus and her God given mission of bringing all mankind to love and to trust in the unfathomable mercy of Our Lord's sorrowful Heart, led her to a life of sacrificial suffering and intercessory prayer for souls. When we trust in His Mercy, we glorify God. When we intercede with prayer for sinners, we participate in God's Divine Mercy. We accept our special role in God's plan for the salvation of mankind. We allow God to grant mercy to those who refuse it or will not ask for it on their own. Many souls are lost because no one is praying for them. When we pray for mercy, the Holy Spirit enters our souls. We are filled with God's mercy and we can then transfer it to other souls. Souls of the living, the dying and the deceased all benefit from our intercessory prayer. . . God is not constrained by time and space as are we . . . All of our prayer is desired and used by God, He desires to shower sinners with His unfathomable Love, Mercy, forgiveness, and eternal salvation.
"O you small, everyday sacrifices, you are to me like wild flowers which, I strew over the feet of my beloved Jesus . . . " Uniting ourselves to Divine Mercy involves uniting our hearts with the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. St. Faustina offered herself often as a martyr, asking Jesus to exchange her consolations and joy of heart for the suffering and pain of others for the consolation and salvation of others. She endured from God an excruciating crown of thorns for three hours to save a priest from mortal sin. She suffered great sacrifice and suffering on behalf of her sister, Wanda. A great darkness had come over her sister and God entrusted the suffering and sanctity of Faustina to redeem and save her sister's soul. We may not be capable of such great sanctity, but our small mortifications, prayers, sacrifices, trials and sufferings, united with Jesus on the Cross, become graces for the salvation of all mankind. (Diary 324) "When I was dying on the cross, I was not thinking about Myself, but about poor sinners, and I prayed for them to My Father." Jesus did not condemn us but interceded on our behalf with His compassion and His Divine Mercy.
God speaks to all of us in His still, quiet voice . . . to be an instrument in God's plan for mercy we need to practice an interior silence so as to hear God speaking to each of our souls. Mother Teresa reveals, "In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you." St. Faustina stresses, "The Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous." (Diary 552)
"The silent soul is capable of attaining close union with God . . ." (Diary 477)
When our ears are silent we can hear Holy God and the poor speaking. We block words of darkness, unrest and division.
When our tongue is silent, we praise and glorify God, refraining from gossip and judging.
When our mind is silent, we hear God's love for us. Selfish thoughts and sinful desires are banished.
When we silently refrain from defending ourselves in unfair criticism, we glorify God.
When we let God be our "everything," our life itself becomes a joyous prayer. (Diary 296) "My life is not drab or monotonous, but it is varied like a garden of fragrant flowers, so that I don't know which flower to pick first, the lily of suffering or the rose fo love of neighbor or the violet of humility."
Cenacles of Divine Mercy
Our group began in 2008, we study the message of God's Mercy using a manual (cenacle). At each meeting, there is a different topic from the cenacle manual. The lessons utilize the Holy Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church and Diary of St. Faustina. We have faith sharing and a light breakfast. We meet in Rose Liel Hall every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 8 am (following morning mass).
Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in a small village west of Lodz, Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women. The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added, "of the Most Blessed Sacrament", as was permitted by her congregation's custom. In the 1930's, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world. It was not a glamorous prospect.
Her entire life, in imitation of Christ's, was to be a sacrifice - a life lived for others. At the Divine Lord's request, she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others; in her daily life she was to become a doer of mercy, bringing joy and peace to others, and by writing about God's mercy, she was to encourage others to trust in Him and thus prepare the world for His coming again. Her special devotion to Mary Immaculate and to the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliationgave her the strength to bear all her sufferings as an offering to God on behalf of the Church and those in special need, especially great sinners and the dying.
She wrote and suffered in secret, with only her spiritual director and some of her superiors aware that anything special was taking place in her life. After her death from tuberculosis in 1938, even her closest associates were amazed as they began to discover what great sufferings and deep mystical experiences had been given to this Sister of theirs, who had always been so cheerful and humble. She had taken deeply into her heart, God's gospel command to "be merciful even as your heavenly Father is merciful" as well as her confessor's directive that she should act in such a way that everyone who came in contact with her would go away joyful. The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; her diary, Divine Mercy in my Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to the Divine Mercy.