Here at thedivinemercy.org we've assembled our favorite "mercy quotes" of 2009. These all come from stories we've covered or stories that have come across our desks. We share them with you with the hope that the message of Jesus, The Divine Mercy, will reign in your hearts and reign over the world in the coming year. On behalf of the Marian Fathers of Immaculate Conception, may you all have a blessed New Year!
10. What does God have in store for me? Where is He leading me? It looms out there. My attitude is to say to God: 'Use me, as you will. I'm standing on the edge of a cliff. What are you going to ask me to do?' It boils down to trust, every day. I constantly remind myself: I need to trust. I need NOT to be afraid. It's liberating knowing I don't need to be afraid.
— Barbara LaBrec of Manchester, Conn., one of the millions of Americans who lost her job in 2009
9. Is it any wonder that in the image of The Divine Mercy we see the invocation, "Jesus I trust in You!"? Unless I am willing to entrust my heart and my soul, my time and my will, every aspect of my life, into His hands, unless I am willing to do that, then practically speaking, Jesus Christ is not the Lord of my life.
— Fr. Thomas Caserta, pastor of St. Bernadette's in Brooklyn, speaking at the 4th annual Divine Mercy Conference, March 7, Bronx, N.Y.
8. Mercy does not begin where love comes to an end. Mercy prolongs love and makes it even more beautiful. Mercy cannot be taken lightly. God is ever the Father, and every son — even the prodigal son — is to love Him, trust in Him, and keep returning to Him.
— Most Rev. Edward Ozorowski, Archbishop of Bialystok, Poland, in his homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 20, the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Mass.
7. There really is a heaven, and there really is a hell. It matters how we live. It matters what we believe. It matters how we act in this life. It matters whether we say "Yes" to mercy. It matters whether we believe and repent. It matters whether we're actually joined to the Body of Christ eternally. This is the message of the Gospel. This is the message of the Church. This is the message of St. Faustina.
— Ralph Martin, founder and president of Renewal Ministries, speaking at the 4th annual Divine Mercy Conference, March 7, Bronx, N.Y.
6. We, too, [like Christ] have to come to the point of loving the unlovable and pardoning the unpardonable. Only this will put an end to evil.
— Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, speaking at the 4th annual Divine Mercy Conference, March 7, Bronx, N.Y.
5. Saint Faustina's whole goal in her life was union with Jesus Christ — to be united with Jesus and His love and His mercy. That meant being united with Him in good times and in bad times, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Isn't that the goal of our life — to be in union with Jesus Christ here on earth and then in heaven? That is our ultimate goal."
— Fr. Anthony Gramlich, rector of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, Mass., the Feast Day of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, Oct. 5
4. When Jesus was criticized for eating at the house of St. Matthew, He responded, "the healthy do not need a physician but the sick do, I have not come here for the righteous but for sinners, it is mercy I desire, not sacrifice." The Church is not a museum for saints, but a clinic for sinners. The word 'mercy' comes from the Latin word Misericordia. ... Miseria means misery, pain, sorrow, and cordia means heart. And so it means to take another's pains to heart: to feel their pain and sympathize with them.
— President of the North American Congress on Mercy, Fr. Matthew R. Mauriello, in his opening remarks Nov. 14, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
3. I know very, very well the depths of God's mercy and forgiveness of God. He forgave me for a very bad sin when I didn't think forgiveness was possible. Now I want to turn away from mistakes of the past and learn more about how I can extend mercy in my life going forward, to all that I meet. That's why I came. To prepare myself for what only God knows.
— Susan Buck of Silver Springs, Md., an attendee of the North American Congress on Mercy, Nov. 14-15
2. How many souls have been consoled by the prayer 'Jesus, I trust in You,' which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina! Let us pray to the Lord that our heart may be merciful so that we feel all the sufferings of our neighbors. Let us begin to trust in the most merciful Heart of Jesus. Then we can bear all our own sufferings to the merciful Lord.
— Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, president of the first World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, in a letter read allowed at the North American Congress on Mercy, Nov. 14, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
1. Once He had risen, Jesus gave His followers a new unity, stronger than the kind they had before, invincible, because it was founded not on human resources, but on The Divine Mercy, which made them feel they were all loved and forgiven by Him. It is therefore the merciful love of God that firmly unites the Church, today as yesterday, and makes humanity a single family; the divine love, which through Jesus crucified and risen, forgives our sins and renews us from within.
— Pope Benedict XVI, in his reflection before the Regina Caeli on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19