EDITOR'S NOTE: As 2011 comes to a close, we look back on some of our favorite mercy quotes from the past year — a few of which come from the historic 2nd World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, held in Krakow, Poland, Oct. 1-5. The world needs His Divine Mercy. Without it, we're lost. Here's wishing you a healthy, peaceful, merciful 2011!
"[I]n the history of Christian devotion, the good thief has become an image of hope — an image of the consoling certainty that God's mercy can reach us even in our final moments, that even after a misspent life, the plea for His gracious favor is not made in vain."
— Pope Benedict XVI, in his second volume of Jesus of Nazareth
"This is an amazing achievement from this Congress. We are agreeing, as a Church, the need to present Divine Mercy to the world, otherwise people are afraid of God or have no idea who God is. ... This is a communion, a communion of Bishops and Cardinals in agreement that Divine Mercy is an official mission of the Church — not just of devotional groups, who are very important, not just certain parishes, but the whole Church."
— Fr. Patrice Chocholski of Lyon, France, general secretary of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, referring to the letter sent to the Vatican from cardinals and bishops proposing that the Divine Mercy message be placed at the center of the "New Evangelization" call from the Holy Father.
"I know my time is coming. Everyone's is. And from all that I've been through, I know one thing: When compared with what our Lord suffered for us, anything I can do would be nothing in comparison, and I want to meet our Lord and thank Him."
— Namar Fritz, 74, of Cleveland, a Divine Mercy apostle, speaking just a month before he died
"We read in the Diary of St. Faustina at paragraph 1447 the words of Jesus: 'I love them [each soul] tenderly and sincerely. ... I want to lavish My graces upon them.' Open your heart to Jesus. Tell Him that you do trust Him! When you receive Holy Communion, quietly tell Him that He is the most welcomed guest of your soul. Invite Him to reign in your heart, soul, and mind, that He might govern every action of your life. Give Him your will, your intellect, and your memory. Tell Him that everything you are is His and that all you claim as your own is at His disposal. 'Jesus, I Trust in You!'"
— Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, in his homily, Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1
"Pray that our Holy Father Benedict XVI proclaims St. Faustina a Doctor of the Church! Pray that the Lord inspire, challenge, and encourage Pope Benedict to make this bold proclamation now. This bold and extraordinary step is needed now so that the world may know the mercy of the Lord, which St. Faustina spread through the witness of her life and her Diary. Some may not understand why, but God's mercy must be proclaimed now while it is time for mercy."
— Fr. George Kosicki, CSB
"Jesus understands the misery of our brokenness, the misery of sin, the misery of hopelessness, and the feeling of being rejected and not loved. Mercy is that healing balm that restores the dignity of the prodigal son, the prodigal daughter. They're happy now, and they're welcomed; they're forgiven and they're loved."
— Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, the Marians' Provincial Superior in the United States and Argentina
"It takes about seven minutes to pray the chaplet. God makes things so simple for us."
— Jay Hastings of the Society of St. Faustina of The Divine Mercy, which ensures that the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy is being prayed during every hour of the day for the promotion of the Divine Mercy devotion; the sick and dying in the hour that you pray; and people about to commit mortal sin.
"I went to church and prayed for those men with hardened hearts, who seemed to me the victims of the sinful society rather than people deserving punishment."
— Frederic Buttigier of France, a convert through the Divine Mercy message and the Diary of St. Faustina, speaking of his first day in prison ministry
"God desires salvation for all people, so the mission of the Church is universal. The Divine Mercy is present in the Church and it may become, in the perspective of the overall Christian and human dialogue, a special meeting place for different religions and philosophical systems. Many religions accentuate the existence of the Divine Mercy, drawing special attention to the role of mercy in human life. A proper insight into the content of different religions might indicate the basic element which connects all religions. Countless works refer to the attitude of ecumenism and hold promise for the future as they indicate the possibility of gaining the natural knowledge of God who manifests himself through mercy. As the universal sacrament of salvation, the Church is given the task of portraying God as being rich in mercy and consequently renewing everything in Christ."
— Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Poland
"Your presence here is a clear sign of the fact that today the message of Divine Mercy that has originated from the Lagiewniki convent [where St. Faustina lived] reaches the farthest corners of the world."
— Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity, speaking to attendees of the 2nd World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, in Krakow, Poland
"Christ is speaking to us just as He once did to St. Sr. Faustina: 'Tell [all people], My daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself.' We come from various parts of the world: Europe and Africa, America and Asia, Australia and Oceania. We all feel drawn by this call of Christ from the Upper Room: 'As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.'" (Jn 20: 21-23)
— Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, 2nd World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, in Krakow, Poland
"Only merciful love is credible, and without it, one cannot tell the truth about God without betraying Him. In this way, every disposition of the Church would pass through the demanding filter of a merciful attitude."
— Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria, president of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy and Archbishop of Vienna