Melissa Lucanie, speaking the Marians' 4th annual Divine Mercy Conference on March 7, in Bronx, N.Y.
By Melissa Lucanie
Divine Mercy Sunday 2008 was a beautiful day for my family. Let me explain.
My sister Jane had died earlier in 2008 of an inoperable cancer but not before she taught our family to pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. On Feb. 20, as she drew her last breath in my home, her daughter and I held her hand and prayed the chaplet.
Days later, as I prayed in Jane's empty room, God granted me a great consolation. I saw a beautiful image of Jesus as The Divine Mercy, surrounded by marble-like columns, topped with a dome, and flanked by two angels. My sister was walking toward Jesus and turned to me with the happiest smile I ever saw.
Previously, my sister had been asked to help establish the New Jersey Center of Divine Mercy, but she was unable to help due to her cancer. To my surprise, the organizers asked if I would be willing to serve as its volunteer director.
Imagine my joy when on Divine Mercy Sunday 2008, my family and I arrived at St. Rocco's Church in Newark, N.J. This is the location for the center I had been asked to direct, and I had never visited the church. There was the altar set up exactly as I had seen it in my consoling vision. As I sat in my pew with my family, I knew we were exactly where God wanted us to be.
Melissa Lucanie directs the New Jersey Center of Divine Mercy in Newark, N.J. She lives in Verona, N.J., with her husband and two children and is active in various ministries at her parish.