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The new EADM cenacle in Haiti, which has been making due with only one copy of the Diary in French.

Planting Seeds

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Over the last 15 years, in my work with Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), I have sent many packets of Divine Mercy materials to many people in numerous countries. I know I'll never be able to meet the people or visit the countries, but I have never hesitated in sending the packages because I know personally the power of the message of Divine Mercy. I realized that if I trusted and did my small part, the Holy Spirit would work within the hearts of the recipients and that they would be the vessels of mercy in their local areas. I took seriously the words of Jesus to Saint Faustina, "Do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace" (Diary of St. Faustina, 1074).

About a year ago I had an inquiry from a nun wondering about materials in French. She would be going to Haiti to work amongst the poor there, and they only spoke French or Creole. I had bought 12 French editions of the Diary of St. Faustina from nuns in Canada a few years earlier, and had sent 11 to Rwanda in Africa as part of a larger shipment, including a Divine Mercy statue, clothing, medical supplies, and religious items. But I had kept one back just in case I ever needed it. So, I sent Sr. Irene what I had. She recently sent me the following email and photo:

What a joy it is to be writing to you. Last October I wrote to you regarding the establishment of an EADM cenacle in Haiti. You sent me a box containing what I needed, including your only copy of the Diary in French, which is what I have to run the cenacle. We meet twice a month; no one can afford even a Bible. I have to translate everything, and we meet using one Bible, one Catechism, and that one Diary that you sent. It is not easy to do, but the joy and contentment of running this cenacle cannot be put into words. I am sending you a picture of the group separately.

First, let me tell you a little about the group and myself. Everyone in the group are vocations; they are candidates to the priesthood and religious life. I am a religious sister from The Missionaries of the Poor, Sisters from the Philippines. I was sent to Haiti on a vocation search and to establish our congregation there. Because of my total devotion to The Divine Mercy, I have always wanted to start a cenacle in New York where I was living previously.

I decided to start the cenacle here and welcoming people with a possible vocation. This help me fulfilled God's Will in many ways, and doing the work of the congregation. As it stands, I live in a very small convent and do not have enough space to house all those vocations. The cenacle is perfect! I run it twice a month because my schedule is full. The people love it so much and they are always asking to have it every week. We are so poor that no one can afford any of the books. I have one copy of the Diary that you gave me and one French catechism and one Creole bible. I have to type everything and translate the English materials from our workbooks. It is not easy.

One of our possible vocations, a 16 year old and the youngest, fell [from] a tree and broke both arms while looking for some mangoes to eat because he was hungry. I was devastated. I felt all the prayers from the EADM throughout the world, and I am happy to say that he is recovering fast and well. He came back to the group.

I sent Sister another parcel recently with EADM logo pins for all the members. Sister wrote back and said:

Thank you in advance for the box and all its contents. I am sure that the Lord will let it get to us safely. The members will be joyful, and so will I. This is the beginning of a very special family relationship with all the EADM. Our group does not speak any English, but I am teaching them slowly. It is very hard to translate all of our materials in Creole, especially since I just learned how to write the language. God is so merciful by giving me all the patience I need. I count on your prayers with the other members for this mission and also for the country.

Never be afraid to tell someone about the Good News of the mercy of God! The Good Lord asks us to be His hands and feet. He knows we are lacking, but He will make up for it! I can attest to that!

Dr. Bryan Thatcher is the founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Learn how to start a cenacle in your area by clicking here.

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Mehari - Aug 13, 2007

Thank you Dr Bryan Thatcher,

Jesus also told to Saint Faustina, "Do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace" (Diary of St. Faustina, 1074).

Yes, we will do whatever is witin our power to spread devotion to God's Mercy, i.e to plant seeds of mercy. On my part I will use your email and start contact with you to get your insightful merciful articles.

Jesus, I trust in you!

Dr. Bryan Thatcher - Aug 10, 2007

Mehari, if you are in the USA, you can call us at 1-877-380-0727. If not, email me at [email protected] and I will be happy to send materials to help plant seeds. We are involved in Sudan, but have no contacts in the other countries.

Mehari - Aug 8, 2007

Thanks Dr Bryan Thatcher for your insightful article,

Have EADM thought about planting similar seeds in East Africa countries like Eritrea, Ethiopia and the Sudan. I believe planting such seeds will surly eliminate the hatred among nations in the region, as the heart of the Divine Mercy Message is just to proclaim Mercy, to love among each other and among neighbors too.

BTW Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians used GeeZ calendar. Us the GeeZ calendar lags by 7 years from the Gregorian calendar, GeeZ millennium is going to be celebrated in almost one month time from now. Hence EADM need to introduce seriously the message of Divine Mercy starting the new Millennium so that the new Geez Millennium will be founded in Mercy. Each year in GeeZ calendar is called Amete Mehret i.e Year of Mercy so the Divine Mercy seed to be planted in the region has potentially fertile ground i.e year of Mercy which can make the seeds planted more fruitful.

With Blessing