Excerpts from Blessed Michael Sopocko's writings

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.

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.

Between the Image and the Reality

God cannot be reduced to our conception of Him. We can imagine God, but our idea is limited. How can we see Him as He is? He is eternal. We will die. He is omniscient. We know little. He is everywhere. We can only be in one place at any given time.

Knowing God in the Merciful Savior

Blessed Michael Sopocko, the spiritual director to St. Faustina, aided her greatly in the initial spread of the message of Divine Mercy, which was given to her from heaven. It was Blessed Sopocko that commissioned the first image of Divine Mercy. He worked and studied to promote the message for many years after the death of St. Faustina. He did a great deal of theological research to show how the writings of St. Faustina and the requests in her Diary were in accord with sound Church teaching. He knew there would be a time when the message would be banned because St.

God Is Mercy

The following excerpt is chapter 2 of the book God Is Mercy (Grail Publications, 1955), by Fr. Michael Sopocko. It was translated by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception:


God the Father of heaven

"... Your Father ... is Merciful" - Luke 6:36



I. WHO is God? "God is Love," says Holy Scripture (1 John 4:8), but this love directed toward human misery, is Mercy. That is why Christ Our Lord emphasizes this attribute of God. "Your Father is Merciful" (Luke 6:36).

Mercy of God: Supreme Attribute of the Creator

The following excerpt is chapter six of the book God Is Mercy (Grail Publications, 1955), by Fr. Michael Sopocko. It was translated by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception:


"The mercies of God are above all His works"
- Ps. 144:9

I. GLORIFYING the Mercy of God with a deluge of words, the inspired Psalmist does not hesitate to place it above all His other attributes, that is, he considers God's Mercy His greatest relative perfection.

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