“You are the secretary of My Mercy. I have chosen you for that office in this life and the next life. That is how I want it to be in spite of all the opposition they will give you. Know that My choice will not change” (Diary, 1605).
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the tenth anniversary year of ‘The Angels magazine’.
I got to know St Faustina in Cracow when they made me the chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy and I gained more knowledge by reading as many books as possible and talking with the sisters.
There were three apostles of the Divine Mercy. The first was St Faustina. The second was Blessed Michael Sopoćko and the third was St John Paul II.
God has the plan for each one of us. St Faustina had a very short life, 33 years in fact, the same amount of years as Jesus. Her mission is being continued in heaven. She was a visionary and one of the greatest mystics of the Church with gifts such as bilocation, prophecy and she foretold her death and the death of other sisters, her beatification and her canonisation.
Upon joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy aged 20, Helena took on the name Sister Mary Faustina. The last five years of St Faustina’s life were the most important and fruitful, many things happened in Vilnius. It is in Vilnius at aged 28 she met her confessor Fr Michael Sopoćko and where the Divine Chaplet was dictated to her, she received the revelation at the Hour of Mercy, found an artist to paint the Divine Mercy Image which is hanging in St Michael the Archangel Church in Vilnius’ Old Town.
“Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet... At the hour of their death, I defend every soul that will say this chaplet as I do my own glory... I desire that this mercy flow out upon the whole world through your heart.”
Today the Divine Mercy Chaplet is the most popular prayer after the holy rosary.
I assure you of the constant prayer of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all the readers of ‘The Angel magazine’ and their families.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA