Divine Mercy Q&A

Divine Mercy Sunday: What's This Feast All About, Anyway?

To put on a great banquet for one's friends, the first step is to send out proper invitations. The invitations must say WHY the banquet is being held, WHEN it will take place, WHO is invited, and WHAT TO EXPECT (such as cocktails on the lawn, followed by a buffet meal).

Can Divine Mercy Save Those Outside The Church?

In recent months I have received several questions about the eternal destiny of people who are sincere seekers after truth and virtue, but who cannot in good conscience accept the Catholic faith and join the Church. What happens to them when they die? Are they cut off from grace in this life and lost forever in the next because they remained outside the Catholic Church?

For example, a woman named Cheryl shared with me these concerns:

How Can I Make It Through 'The Dark Night of the Soul'?

Toward the end of the classic movie, "The Wizard of Oz," when Dorothy is saying goodbye to her friends before returning to Kansas, she gives the Tin Man a kiss, and he responds: "Now I know that I have a heart: because it is breaking!"

Extraordinary Graces: What Does Christ's Promise Really Mean?

In St. Faustina's Diary, she recorded a message from Jesus about the extraordinary graces He wants to pour out upon souls through the devout reception of Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus says, "The soul that will go to confession and receive Holy Communion [on that day] shall obtain complete forgiveness [or remission] of sins and punishment" (699).

The Child Jesus

We usually associate St. Maria Faustina Kowalska with the risen and glorified Christ depicted in The Divine Mercy image. Yet few saints in the history of the Church were as devoted to the Child Jesus as St. Faustina. While she particularly remembered the Christ Child at Christmastime, He was a living presence that she grew to appreciate throughout the year - a constant source of inspiration and joy.

Joy and Wonder in His Presence

How to Give Thanks as St. Faustina Would

The question I want to answer this week is one that came to me almost by accident (that is, by Divine Providence) in a chance remark that someone made to me the other day. I was chatting on the phone with a friend in the Divine Mercy movement, and he said to me: "I can't wait until Thanksgiving. Saint Faustina gave thanks for a lot of things, but I guess she never had a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, with turkey and all the trimmings!"