History & Message

“There is nothing man needs more at this time in history

than Divine Mercy”.

Blessed John Paul II


history_clip_image001Message of Mercy
(from Message of Mercy pamphlet)
On February 22, 1931, a young Polish nun Sr. Faustina Kowalska, saw a vision of Jesus with rays of mercy streaming from the area of His Heart. He told her to have an image painted to represent this vision and to sign it, “Jesus, I trust in You.”Calling her the Apostle and Secretary of His mercy, He ordered her to begin writing a diary so others would learn to trust in Him.In a series of revelations, He taught her that His mercy is unlimited and available even to the greatest sinners, and He revealed special ways for people to respond to His mercy.

The A, B, C’s of Mercy

The message of mercy can be called to mind simply by remembering A-B-C

Ask for His Mercy.   God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly.
Be Merciful.   God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.
Completely trust in Jesus.   God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent on our trust.
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By the time of Sr. Faustina’s death in 1938, devotion to The Divine Mercy had already begun to spread throughout Eastern Europe.

In July of 1940, Fr. Joseph Jarzebowski, a Polish Marian priest fleeing from war-torn Poland, prayed to the Merciful Savior to help him escape, vowing to spend his life spreading the Divine Mercy message. He arrived safely on American soil in May 1941; and Marians in Detroit, MI, and Washington, D.C., were soon distributing Mercy of God leaflets, prayercards, and other materials.

In 1944, a group of Marians opened a new house and apostolate on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.In 1953, the apostolate had become the international center for the Divine Mercy devotion, and in 1960 the Marians of Eden Hill completed construction of a shrine to the Mercy of God.

The shrine has now become the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, and the apostolate has become the Marian Helpers Center, a modern religious publishing house spreading devotion to the mercy of God and to Mary Immaculate.

On the Sunday after Easter, April 30, 2000 (Mercy Sunday), Sister Faustina was canonized in Rome by Pope John Paul II. The Pope also established Mercy Sunday worldwide.

Divine Mercy Sunday (from Message of Mercy pamphlet)
Jesus also requested that the Sunday after Easter be officially established in the Church as the Feast of Mercy:

“On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.  I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.”   (Diary, 699)

“I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards
the souls of sinners.   Let the sinner not be afraid to approach me.” (Diary, 50)