the death of Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski,
who served as
president of the Pontifical Council for Health CareWorkers
and for Health Pastoral Care. He died on July 13. He was
the author of the Marian Press titleO n the Way of the Suf- fering Person: God Has Visited His People.
The following is an
excerpt fromhis talk a
t the Healthcare Professionals’ annual
conference in 2015:
It is true indeed that life is a gift fromGod entrusted to
us as stewards. When we are in good health, we may
sometimes get the false impression that we are in con-
trol of everything, to the extent of even thinking that
we are the absolute masters of our own lives. However,
it takes an experience like that of serious illness, to real-
ize howmuch we depend on others, above all, on God.
This is a truth that is often obscured or challenged in
contemporary [secular] society.
Convinced of the therapeutic power of faith, the Chris-
tian tradition sees prayer as an instrument of healing.
Often people ask for healing, for grace, or for the capac-
ity to accept illness in a spirit of faith and conformity
with the will of God. Healing obtained through the
power of prayer has different forms [physical, emotion-
al, or spiritual]. Prayer truly contributes to transform-
ing illness into a journey of faith that gradually helps a
sick person to strengthen his or her relationship with
God, to learn the lesson of weakness and human limita-
tion, to have a renewed adherence to the fundamental
options of life, to grow in solidarity with those who suf-
fer, and to deepen faith in eternal life.
l l lE ucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy
saw significant growth in the number of new prayercenacles
in this Jubilee Year. The cenacle program inte-
grates St. Faustina’s
with Sacred Scripture and the
Catechism of the Catholic Church
. There are some 2,000
EADM cenacles worldwide.
Also, EADM recently shipped a 40-foot shipping con-
tainer of donated medical supplies to the Philippines,
where they were distributed to hospitals and nursing
homes. A second 40-foot container of medical supplies,
religious items, and clothing will arrive in Ukraine in
December. The Marian Fathers there will distribute the
goods to the needy.
If you would like Dr. Thatcher to speak at your church
or conference, or if you would like to receive a free packet
on how to start a cenacle, call 1-877-380-0727.
l l l
“Why is the Blessed Virgin Mary so important in the
Catholic faith? Protestant Christians ask this question of
Catholics all the time. But do we Catholics really know
how to answer it?”
So begins the latest Marian Press book by Dr. Robert
Stackpole, the director of theJohn Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy. Mary: Who She Is and Why She Matters
available now. See page 6
for more information.
Provide proper shelter.
The red and pale rays depicted in theDivine Mercy Image
denote the blood and water that gushed from
Christ’s side at the Crucifixion. They represent the out-
pouring of mercy through the Sacraments of the Church;
the white ray forBaptism
which purify the
soul, and the red ray for theEucharist,
which nourishes it.
Jesus told St. Faustina that these rays (or Sacraments)
“shield souls from the wrath of My Father. Happy is the
one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of
God shall not lay hold of him” (
Provide this most important shelter by taking your fam-
on a regular basis and attending HolyMass
as often as possible. Make visits to Jesus in the Blessed
Sacrament and allow them to bask in the rays of mercy,
even if only for a few short minutes.
5.Enthrone the Divine Mercy.
Formally claim ground for Christ by having a
simple ceremony that enthrones the Divine Mercy Image
in a place of honor in your home. Ideally, have the
home blessed and all family members sign a certificate
acknowledging His kingship. Jesus promises: “By means
of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so
let every soul have access to it” (
Consecrate your family
to Divine Mercy.
We encourage everyone to recite the following prayer
of consecration: “O Jesus, You showed us Your infinite
compassionate love by exhausting the very last drop of
blood and water from Your body. From this day forward,
with full confidence, we entrust our families to Your
Divine Mercy. We abandon our past, our present, and
our future to You. We place into Your wounds all of our
wounds, which are caused by lack of love, understanding,
and trust. Jesus, expel Satan and all evil from our families,
free us from the consequences of sin, and protect us from
further harm. Heal our wounds. May our families learn to
venerate Your Divine Mercy Image so that they will never
perish but experience Your loving mercy. Amen.”
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