Blessed Fr. Sopocko

The Benefits Obtained from the Virtue of Mercy

The following article by Blessed Michael Sopocko was first published in the January-March 1963 issue of the Marian Helpers Bulletin. Blessed Michael was the confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina.

"Blessed is he who takes thought for the poor and destitute" (Ps 40:2)

There is no virtue to which Holy Scripture assures a greater reward than to those who practice the virtue of mercy. If God rewards all virtues, then He rewards doubly the virtue of mercy with both temporal and eternal goods.

God's Mercy in the Mystery of the Incarnation

The following article by Blessed Michael Sopocko was first published in the October-December, 1962 issue of the Marian Helpers Bulletin. Blessed Michael was the confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

In his first five words, the evangelist expresses the greatest mystery of the Incarnation, which was the beginning and foundation of all the other works of the Divine Mercy in the Incarnation. Let us ponder the infinite bounty of this act.

The Obligation of Mercy Towards Our Neighbor

The following article by Blessed Michael Sopocko was first published in the July-Sept. 1962 issue of the Marian Helpers Bulletin. Blessed Michael was the confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina.

"Let us practice generosity to all while the opportunity is ours; and above all, to those who are of one family with us in the faith" (Gal 6:10)

The Love of Christ for Sinners

The following article by Blessed Michael Sopocko was first published in the April-June, 1960 issue of the Marian Helpers Bulletin. Blessed Michael was the confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina.

"The Son of Man is come to see and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10).

The 'Picture' of the Merciful Christ

The following article by Blessed Michael Sopocko was first published in the Spring 1958 issue of the Marian Helpers Bulletin. Blessed Michael was the confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina.

The Priest Who First Believed Faustina

He was an energetic, intensely spiritual priest who was happy in his pastoral duties. But Blessed Fr. Michael Sopocko - whose feast day is Feb. 15 - could never have imagined how in 1933, when he was appointed to be confessor to the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius, in present-day Lithuania, his life would change.

Peace and the Mercy of God

The following article by Blessed Michael Sopocko - whose feast day we celebrate Feb. 15 - was first published in the Spring 1956 issue of the Marian Helpers Bulletin. Blessed Michael was the confessor and spiritual director of St. Faustina.

Father Sopocko and Another Famous Confessor

We celebrate the feast day of Blessed Michael Sopoko on Feb. 15, which makes for a perfect opportunity to discuss one of the more curious details in the life of St. Faustina Kowalska, known today as the Lord's "secretary" of Divine Mercy.

So what's so curious?

Amazing parallels can be drawn between St. Faustina's confessor, Blessed Sopoko, and the confessor of another saint - and "secretary" - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who received the revelations of the Sacred Heart in the 1670s.

'A Priest After My Own Heart '

In light of the beatification of Blessed Michael Sopocko (1888-1975) on Sept. 28, 2008, Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, who served as the vice-postulator in North America for St. Faustina's canonization cause, points out one of the many interesting passages from the Diary of St. Faustina that mentions her confessor, Fr. Sopocko.

This passage, he says, "is like a canonization by Jesus Himself" of Fr. Sopocko.

On Aug. 30, 1937, St. Faustina writes in her Diary:

Imagine If You Were Fr. Sopocko

In order to understand the life of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and the remarkable spread of her devotion to The Divine Mercy throughout the world, it helps to begin by learning the story of someone else first: a priest, Fr. Michael Sopocko, who was beatified Sept. 28, 2008, in Bialystok, Poland. This learned, energetic, and well-respected priest, was appointed to be the usual confessor to the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Vilnius in 1933. That's where he met the nun whom the world knows today as St.

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