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The Central Message of St. Faustina

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By Marc Massery (Oct 5, 2018)
On Oct. 5, 2018, hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to celebrate the feast of the saint most central to the Marian Fathers' mission to spread the message of Divine Mercy.

This saint, of course, is St. Maria Faustina Kowalska.

On this day in 1938, St. Faustina passed away after a long illness. If you haven't heard her story, Jesus appeared personally to this humble Polish nun, as she detailed in her Diary, so that He might make His mercy known to the whole world. In 2000, Pope St. John Paul II canonized St. Faustina as the first saint of the new millennium and established the second Sunday after Easter as the Feast of Divine Mercy.

As one of the highlights of the day's festivities, before a crowd of more than 100 pilgrims at the St. Faustina Welcome Center, seminarian Br. Jeff, MIC, commemorated St. Faustina's life by uncovering the central purpose for which she lived and died — the message of Divine Mercy.

As Br. Jeff summarized at the end of his talk, the message of St. Faustina and Divine Mercy is that "Jesus died on the Cross. We need to repent of our sins, die in a state of grace, and proclaim the mercy of God. To persevere. And when we fall, get back up, repent again, and turn to the mercy of God."

Brother Jeff explained that unfortunately, many are missing out on God's mercy because they subscribe to secular humanism, a popular philosophy today in which people believe that reason is the only thing man needs to survive in the world.

"There's no peace without the mercy of God," Br. Jeff said. "As our society has moved farther from this Christian morality, we have seen school shootings, more domestic abuse, increase in depression, increase in suicide," and more.

Brother Jeff explained that misery comes to us if we don't accept the mercy Jesus wants to give us.

"The main opposition in the world is not between each other," he said. "There are two enemies that we all have: our own pride and the devil. That's it. Those are our enemies, not each other. We are to love our enemies and do good to those who persecute us. Our own stinking pride — that's what we need to face. That's what keeps us from God. And that's what Christ came to tell us throughout the Scriptures."

Using Jesus' own words from St. Faustina's Diary, Br. Jeff expressed the good news. Jesus says, "I detest the smallest sin. I cannot love a soul which is stained with sin; but when it repents, there is no limit to My generosity toward it. My mercy embraces and justifies it. With My mercy, I pursue sinners along all their paths, and My Heart rejoices when they return to Me. I forget the bitterness with which they fed My Heart and rejoice at their return" (1726).

Besides our own misery, Br. Jeff explained, another consequence to sin "pains the heart of God more than any other."

He said that consequence is eternal separation, also known as Hell. "But that's not the end of the story," he said. "You see, this is why we rejoice in the mercy of God. The mercy of God is coming to redeem sinners. To save us from hell. And to save us from ourselves."

Brother Jeff finished his talk by encouraging pilgrims to make the Gospel message, the message of Divine Mercy, the message of St. Faustina, their very own.

"If you're a person who's been on the fence for a while, hiding something from the Lord, today I encourage you, kneel before God," he said. "Humble yourself. Go to Confession. Turn to His everlasting love and mercy. If you're a soul that's persevering it's way, then tell other people about the mercy of God. Call them to repentance. Call them to experience the everlasting joy, the power, and the grace of the spirit of God."

That's the message Br. Jeff made clear today. And that's we ought to remember as we celebrate the Feast of St. Faustina. Saint Faustina, pray for us!


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