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"It was through St. Maria Faustina Kowalska that God proclaimed the great message of His mercy to the Church and to the world."

So begins this excellent video featuring world-renowned Divine Mercy expert Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC. The video was made in April 2014, during a trip Fr. Seraphim made to Bolivia. The Spanish interpreter is the famed scientific researcher Ricardo Castanon, Ph.D., who studies Eucharistic miracles and other phenomena.

Thanks to Dr. Castanon for the video.

Be advised, the audio is not great. You may need to crank up the volume.


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Jeanette Woodley - Jan 23, 2015

Thank you Silvano Toso for giving us this talk in written form. It was very helpful. God bless you!

answering request for the text of the audio: - Jan 22, 2015

Dear readers of this article, in an effort towards "Love for the Church and the Charism of Shedding Light on the Mystery of Divine Mercy" I typed out what I was able to hear as well as I could, plus I added some references he mentioned; I hope this helps us in our "Coming to Know the Mystery of Divine Mercy and its Contemplation in Everyday Life" plus "The Attitude of Trusting in God and Showing Mercy toward Neighbor." (See "Spirituality" tab's elements at http://sisterfaustina.org/). I hope it'll all show up clearly, and not be too tedious to read. It could be read along with listening to the audio (sorry I don't understand the non-english parts).

Without further ado...

"My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It was through St. Maria Faustina Kowalska that God proclaimed the great message of His mercy to the Church and to the world. In her Diary [Divine Mercy in My Soul: https://secure.marianweb.net/shopmercy.org/list.php?DID=101&CLID=376], we find a very beautiful prayer...and we find also, Jesus telling her: "My Heart rejoices in this title of Mercy. Proclaim that Mercy is the greatest attribute of God -- all the works of My hands are crowned with Mercy" (Diary paragraphs 300-301).

Now, a name -- is a mark-- that establishes the identity of someone --or something --as who --or what --they are -- a name not only distinguishes one person or thing from another -- but it has a mysterious identity with the one --or with the thing-- that has the name. The name, for example, can be considered as a substitute for the person; the name is often meaningful; a name is thought to reveal something of the kind of a person one is. Where the name of God is concerned, the Name's meaning becomes a theological idea. We learn from the Old Testament that when Moses asked God to show him His glory, God answered him saying: "You cannot see My Face, for no one may see Me and live" (Exodus 33:20). However we continue reading... having come down in a cloud, the Lord covered Moses with His hand until He passed by... then God removed His hand and Moses saw his back... standing with Moses there God proclaimed His Name: "Lord" ("Senor"). Thus the Lord passed before Moses and cried out (Exodus 34:6): "the Lord, the Lord; the Merciful and Gracious God. Slow to anger, and rich in kindness and fidelity. Continuing His kindness for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness, and crime, and sin."

Now in the first letter of John the Evangelist (1 John 4:8) we read, "GOD IS LOVE! And he who abides in love, abides in God, and God abides in him." Now in his encyclical letter entitled "God is Love" (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est_en.html) Pope Benedict the 16th tells us (in paragraph 1) that these words from the first letter of St. John, "God is Love -- and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him" -- they express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith. That is, they express the Christian image of God, and they express the image of mankind, and they express mankind's destiny resulting from being created in God's Image. So the Christian image of God [as Love] is: that each person of the most Holy Trinity is not enclosed into itself -- but it is for the other Persons. Love is the sharing of itself -- the most perfect love then is only within the most Holy Trinity -- such love is considered and cared for the other -- it is not self-centered -- it is not a sinking in the intoxication of happiness. God IS Himself the Act of Love, He is the pure -- for-other. So God --as Love-- seeks the good of the Be-loved Other. He --as Love-- becomes the Annunciation, and He is ready-- and even willing-- for Sacrifice. Love is symbolized by the heart -- the heart stands at the vital center and source of pain, of emotions, and sensibilities; that is, it stands for the most intimate self.

However, we stated at the very beginning, that the name by which God called Himself was: Merciful. The word comes from the Latin original "Misericordia". A great Catholic theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, quoted St. Augustine (http://www.newadvent.org/summa/3030.htm) as saying, that "misericordia" means: the heart, in Latin, --- love reaching out to misery. St. Thomas then says, the greatest misery is not to exist, not To Be, especially not to be a living being. Besides that, what does not exist is not lovable. So "misericordia" is love going out to the misery. That means, what does not exist. God Who is Love, and also life itself...reached out of Self to nothingness. And this way brought about Creation. By this action, in relationship to created things, Love took on a second name. In his memorable encyclical, "Dives in Misericordia" he tells us that "Mercy is God's second name" (see last paragraph in section entitled: "7. Mercy Revealed in the Cross and Resurrection" within: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_30111980_dives-in-misericordia_en.html -- "Believing in the crucified Son means "seeing the Father," means believing that love is present in the world and that this love is more powerful than any kind of evil in which individuals, humanity, or the world are involved. Believing in this love means believing in mercy. For mercy is an indispensable dimension of love; it is as it were love's second name...") In her spiritual Diary, St. Faustina recorded this statement: "Divine Love is the flower and Mercy is the fruit."

Divine Mercy, therefore, is the *first* cross of all that exists outside of God in the Most Holy Trinity. To cause -- means to produce an effect. St. Bernard of Clairvaux states that mercy is the counsel -- the first act of God's mercy, therefore, is Creation. It is God loving the unloved, and it is important to understand that the act of Creation especially includes the crown and masterpiece of all that God created -- that is, the human being. It is about human beings -- both men and women -- that the first book of the Bible tells us -- God created man in His Image. In the Divine Image He created them -- male and female He created them. Human beings were created a little less than the angels; the angels were created as pure spirits, but it is human beings who were created to become "like God". And that means, partaking of-- or sharing-- in the Divine Nature.

Now, how was the human being created? The human being was not created as everything else was -- in the book of Judith we read, "You spoke and they were made. You set forth Your Spirit and they were created. No one can resist Your Word." But when God came to create human beings, He said, "let us make man in our Image, after our likeness." Then the Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground, and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living soul. To become divine as God intended, human beings needed only to remain dependent on God's Spirit by which they became living souls. When we read that God blew into the nostrils of the man, molded out of clay of the ground-- of the Spirit of Life, it wasn't just one gust of breath that -- came from God's lips -- it was a continuous flow of God's breath -- the Holy Spirit.

The word for "spirit" in the Hebrew language is "ruach." The word itself represents an ongoing sustained action. The result of blowing the Spirit into the nostrils of the model made of clay -- was that the model of clay became a living soul. The word for "living soul" in the Hebrew language is: "nefesh." The word "nefesh" itself suggests the act of inhaling and exhaling the breath received.

That action is the most obvious sign of life; as long as that breath of the Holy Spirit would not be cut off, God's purpose for human beings -- (here the video is at 19:02 minutes :) -- which is to become divine as God is divine -- would be accomplished. But -- we know from some of the Fathers of the Church, that when God created the angels, He put them to a test: they were created pure spirits -- God is pure Spirit -- but one day they would be asked to worship a being that is not only pure Spirit, but enclosed in matter. We can only guess from the last book of Sacred Scripture that this did not please the highest, the most beautiful, and intelligent angel. From the prophet Isaiah we heard-- that this highest created spirit -- (no that *this* created spirit) -- wanted to take over the throne of God. And so a war erupted in Heaven, and Michael was one of them; his name means: "who is like God." And then 1/3 of the angels fell to the earth; they were cast out of Heaven -- and then this same leader of the rebellious angels wanted to destroy God's plan [see CCC 395: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p1s2c1p7.htm#395], and so he (Satan) approached man on earth -- and suggested that God is not being true to them.

They were given a command that would keep them in life-- and then be fulfilled in becoming divine, but he (Satan) said, no! -- they would then become gods, and know good and evil! In other words, that man, on his own power, could become divine. And instead of believing the Word of God, they believed the word of the devil, and by that they ruptured the conviction of the power of the Spirit within them. But God would not let the devil have the last word.

And so God provided that the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity would take upon Himself the fallen human nature, with all its faults and sins -- from the beginning of time to the end -- and that He would put this fallen nature to death in his human life -- and then because His Person is divine and could NOT die, when He rose from the dead, the human fallen nature would be recast -- and it would be now made able to become like God -- which was the reason why God created human beings.

Now we learn from Sacred Scripture that God gave human beings three particular commands: the first was --

(1) "Be holy, because I, your God, am holy" (Leviticus 11:44 & 19:2; see -- http://www.usccb.org/bible/leviticus/19),

(2) and then on the mountain Jesus taught us -- "Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt 5:48; see -- http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/5:48),

(3) and then -- "Be merciful, as the Heavenly Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36; see-- http://www.usccb.org/bible/luke/6:36).

Now, we say-- the Sacred Scriptures tell us-- that no one but God is holy, and no one but God is perfect. So how can we human beings be holy and perfect as God?

The third evangelist said these commands in a different way -- "Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36). And we saw that that means-- loving the unlovable, and pardoning the unpardonable; and in this way we become as God. And this is the reason for the importance of the message of the Divine Mercy: when we live this life as God intended us-- allowing life to thrive by loving the unlovable, and allowing forgiveness to flow by our forgiving.

We must realize what the Catechism teaches us -- that if we do not forgive everyone/everything from the heart, as Jesus told us -- God will not be able to forgive us -- not because He doesn't want to -- we do not permit Him to penetrate us and to forgive us...(CCC 2862: "The fifth petition begs God's mercy for our offences, mercy which can penetrate our hearts only if we have learned to forgive our enemies, with the example and help of Christ.") And this is the cause of so much problems and trouble in the world -- besides that unforgiveness is a poison that kills us from inside out. Those against whom we have complaints couldn't probably care less -- they probably don't even know how our disposition is -- so we're enemies to ourselves.

It is from this that the Lord wants to protect us by the practice of Mercy as He is merciful. So several times the Lord told (St.) Faustina as she recorded in her Diary (par. 300) -- "mankind will have no peace until it turns with trust to My Mercy!" That is the way that most of His words are translated. The Polish word that Jesus used -- which is translated "peace" -- rather would be better interpreted, "security" -- that is an important part of "peace" -- but it touches us closer -- mankind will not have "security" so long as it does not turn with trust to God's Mercy. And that is why Jesus gives us that beautiful prayer that He wants associated with the Image that He revealed of Himself as Mercy: "JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU." "

Thank you Fr. Seraphim for the English side of the talk -- God bless everyone!

Miriam - May 31, 2014

Please can you add asend me the text of the priest's words as I am unable to follow the words in the video.
Much appreciation !
God bless you!

Silvano Toso - May 31, 2014

To Linda: Linda, the video is fine, it must be a glitch in your computer. Go to the public library or to a friend's computer and continue to listen to this message....it is truly, too beautiful to miss. May God bless you.

Silvano Toso - May 31, 2014

The Divine Mercy, o better said, the understanding of the Divine Mercy, is so vital to us, Humans, that without it, not only we cannot be restored to our primary role and being (commonly known as "Salvation") but we could not even have been formed in the first place and exist. Until we do understand that, we will be just beings wondering about, not knowing who we are, why we are here, and what we have to do. Therefore, for all those, who understand the main message of the Divine Mercy and live accordingly, it is a duty to inform the other fellow humans, because Jesus came to a human, Saint Faustina, and asked her to pass on this knowledge to all humans. Jesus could have come to each one of us and said the same thing, but He did not do that. He wants us, each one of us, to tell the others, as a sing of love towards our neighbours, as a sign of Mercy, as a sign of forgiveness towards others. Love lives on, only through love. Forgiveness is the fruit of the fruit of love, which is the Divine Mercy itself. By forgiving, we are doing the first act of Mercy, the first act of love, which makes us, in due course, holy like He is holy, perfect like He is perfect, divine like He is divine, and that was and still is the plan of God. Thank you Father Seraphim, for you are one of those, who understand the Divine Mercy and Its message. Thank you for giving us a wonderful example of being a witness to the Divine Mercy. You are truly a living saint. Thank you.

nadeem - May 31, 2014

thank you very much for share this message
and i want to give you pray request please pray for us i am from pakistan but now i am in bangkok with family with two kids son 9 yrs and daughter 13 yrs here we are on asylum seeker and facing heard time miserable problems we are roman Catholic family thanks

Linda - May 30, 2014

Shortly after Fr. Michalenko said "...the continuous flow of God's breath is the Holy Spirit..." the video stopped, around 19:02 minutes. Couldn't get the video to continue to play. Just wondering if anyone else had this problem, or if the glitch is on my computer?