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Marians and Helpers Spearheading a Petition
By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Sep 2, 2015)
Saint Faustina's greatest desire was to be a saint. In turn, through her witness and her writings, she teaches us all how we, too, can become saints. Her Diary is nothing less than a blueprint to achieve sanctification.
She's a gift to the Church. We Marians and Marian Helpers are taking an extraordinary step in our decades-long efforts to share the gift of St. Faustina with the world.
Please join with us in a petition drive asking the Holy See to declare St. Faustina the next Doctor of the Church. Visit thedivinemercy.org/doctor to sign the petition. It'll only take a minute or two.
What is a "Doctor of the Church"? The Church bestows this ecclesiastical title on saints of extraordinary holiness, those whose theological writings have been declared exemplary and beneficial for the countless faithful worldwide in teaching the truth, beauty, and splendor of the faith. Only 36 saints have been given this privileged title, including Augustine of Hippo, Catherine of Siena, and Thérèse of Lisieux. Key theologians, bishops, and cardinals agree that St. Faustina belongs among their ranks.
Her Diary, written in simple language, "helps us to comprehend how God proceeds with souls," says Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, a world-renowned expert in the spirituality of St. Faustina. "And it gives us a richer understanding of the relationship between mercy and love and the notion of merciful love as the source and ultimate reason for the whole of salvation."
Indeed, through her life and writings, she renewed and clarified the mystery of God's merciful love and his call for trust. Saint John Paul II called her "a gift ... for all of humanity" and said the Divine Mercy revelations she recorded in her Diary serve as "the appropriate and incisive answer that God wanted to offer to the questions and expectations of human beings in our time ..."
As you know, we Marians and Marian Helpers have been spreading the message of Divine Mercy revealed through St. Faustina since 1941, a mere three years after her death. Her being declared a Doctor would amplify the message of Christ's merciful love to a world wandering in the darkness of sin, unbelief, and suffering.
We have successfully appealed to the Holy See before when, in 1999, we led a petition drive to make Divine Mercy Sunday a universal feast day of the Church. Millions of Marian Helpers sent in their signed petitions, which we then boxed up and sent off to Rome. Based on this outpouring from around the world, St. John Paul II, at the canonization of St. Faustina in 2000, declared Divine Mercy Sunday a universal feast of the Church.
Can we successfully petition the Holy See to name our beloved St. Faustina a Doctor of the Church? With your help, we can!
Jesus, I trust in you!
Father Joseph, MIC, is the title given to the director of the Association of Marian Helpers. The current Fr. Joseph is Fr. Chris Alar, MIC.