, Send us an email1-800-462-7426FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, Official promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message since 1941. Father Serafin, who was handling the cause of Sister Faustina in the USA, received consent from his superiors and we set off on the difficult journey to Kraków. Since that time, Pope John Paul II has promoted Divine Mercy and championed the cause of St. Faustina and her writings. The healing was dubbed a miracle by theologians from the Church’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Dec. 7. On 28 March 1981 I went to confession in Kraków. Ron attended a healing service where he prayed for Saint Faustina’s intercession. In order to be declared a saint in the Catholic Church, two authenticated miracles (usually physical healings) must be approved. Faustina’s Miracles Posted on September 17, 2010 by admin St. Faustina (1905-1938) was a member of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. A subsequent visit to his cardiologist showed that his heart had been healed.Although he was healed through St. Faustina's intercession, Fr. Ron’s heart would never be normal and that the 48-year-old priest would likely never be able to return to his priestly duties. Eventually her deteriorating condition would require the amputation of one leg.One evening while Maureen was in the hospital her husband Bob watched a film on Divine Mercy and there he became convinced of the healing powers of intercession by Sr. Faustina. Saint Faustina’s mission to mankind began when she had a vision of Jesus Christ on Feb. 22, 1931. It's as simple as that," he explained.After almost three years of examining Fr. Saint Faustina’s mission to mankind began when she had a vision of Jesus Christ on Feb. 22, 1931. Still somewhat mistrustful, I said to Sister Faustina, “Okay, Faustina I came a long way, now do something.” And the pain stopped, the swelling disappeared. In fact, Maureen later said she thought she was losing her mind. I say that I'm a failure and yet God says because of the finished work of Christ you are victorious. Fr. Ron had surgery to replace the valve with an artificial one, but the damage to his heart was another problem. From that moment on my disease disappeared completely. Dr. Nicholas Fortuin, a world-renowned cardiologist from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, said that Fr. They had no medical explanation for the sudden healing of this incurable disease.The accumulated evidence of this miracle was examined in consultation by five doctors appointed by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints. They arrived in Poland on March 23, 1981 and Maureen went to confession for the first time since she was a young girl.At the tomb Maureen remembers saying "Okay, Faustina I came a long way, now do something." After venerating her relic, he collapsed on the floor and felt unable to move for about 15 minutes. During his next regular check-up, Fr. Dedicated to Jesus Christ as “The Divine Mercy,” the Shrine has been celebrating the mercy of God since its dedication. From her early teens, Maureen suffered from an incurable illness — and she had all but given up hope that she could ever be rid of it. It’s absolutely true what you read in her Diary: “The greater the misery, the greater the right to My mercy.”, After the article published in „Orędzie Miłosierdzia”, 13 (1992), © Copyright by The Congregationof the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Jesus uses my failure, hardship, and trials for His glory. In 1995, Fr. On Oct. 5, 1995, the Feast Day of St. Faustina (who was then a blessed), Fr. He came with a message of trust in God’s mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. He turns what was meant for bad and uses it to testify to His grace which I'm doing now. At Faustina’s tomb, Maureen prayed for St. Faustina’s intercession and immediately felt the pain leave her and the swelling in her leg going down. All rights reserved. In this capacity, he is directly involved in seeing the case through to her eventual canonization. "I know in my heart that Faustina put in a word with Jesus, and His Heart touched mine. After exhaustive examination by medical professionals, the Church declared the healing a miracle through Faustina’s intercession. The Association also has partners and promoters of Divine Mercy around the globe. The Association of Marian Helpers and its press operation produce more Divine Mercy materials than any other publisher in the world. A member of the Congregation of Marians, is the Vice-Postulator for St. Faustina’s cause for canonization. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC (a priest of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception), traveled to St. Faustina’s tomb at the Shrine of The Divine Mercy outside of Krakow, Poland. I was hospitalised for periods from 1 week to 12 months at a time. How miracles spread: St. Faustina introduced the Divine Mercy in the 1930s. Seraphim accompanied Maureen Digan and her husband to St. Faustina’s tomb in 1991 when she was healed. In June of 1995, Fr. Holy Spirit Interactive: Divine Mercy: Faustina’s Miracles Once the writings were examined, scholars and theologians were astounded that a simple nun with hardly two winters of formal education was able to write so clearly — and with such detail and simplicity about the mystical life. Copyright © 2020 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. I thought it must have been a symptom of neurosis as I didn’t believe in miracles. St. John Paul took it still further until it spread around the world. Ron venerated a relic of St. Faustina and collapsed. "I know in my heart that Faustina put in a word with Jesus, and His Heart touched mine. After one miracle is authenticated (given that the one whose cause is being promoted has had their heroic virtues proven), one may be declared “blessed” in a process known as “beatification.”. Her writings were found to be entirely theologically correct, and are numbered among the greatest works of mystical literature. However, all of that changed on Oct. 5, 1995 — the Feast Day and 58th anniversary of Saint Faustina’s death. Divine Mercy and the Diary of St. Faustina. For more than 50 years, the Marians have dedicated themselves to spreading the message of God’s mercy at the Shrine and through their publishing apostolate in Stockbridge. In March 1981, Maureen Digan, of Roslindale, Massachusetts, her husband, son, and Fr. Healings must be instant and irreversible. The ripple effect took the message. Fr. As a result, the revelations to Faustina became known as “The Message of Divine Mercy” and Jesus received a new title — “The Divine Mercy” — similar to “The Sacred Heart” as a renaming of Jesus himself. Faustina’s Miracles He’s become known as “The Mercy Pope.”. It must have been my first confession for many, many years. My husband Bob, a deeply religious person of tremendous faith and prayer, felt that he should take his family, that is myself and our sick son, to Poland. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC. Seraphim is also the Rector of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. It is expected that St. Faustina will be canonized on Mercy Sunday, April 30, 2000. I felt much closer to Jesus and Sister Faustina, but maybe not close enough. During his visit to Faustina’s tomb on June 7, 1997, he even stated that Divine Mercy has “formed the image of his pontificate.”. After a full day of prayer at his parish, Fr. Today, people from around the world rely on St. Faustina to interceed on their behalf to Our Lord. St. Faustina was beatified by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on April 18, 1993. During her lifetime, Faustina was virtually unknown — even to many sisters of her congregation. Christ told her to keep a journal or diary of her mystical experiences. The cure was accepted by all as a miracle caused by Sr. Faustina's intercession to the Divine Mercy. And I stopped taking my medicine. Miracles attributed to the intercession of Sr. Maria Faustina lead to her canonization on April 30, 2000. Still somewhat mistrustful, I said to Sister Faustina, “Okay, Faustina I came a long way, now do something.” And the pain stopped, the swelling disappeared. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for my healing, which will help to beatify Sister Faustina. I stuffed my shoe with a napkin so that no-one should notice my swelling was gone. In addition, Fr. Then she was struck down with a very serious, slowly progressive but terminal disease called lymphedema. Milroy’s Disease, a form of lymphedema, had already claimed one of her legs and doctors recommended amputating the other. Not only was he instrumental in having the ban on the spread of the message lifted, but he made Divine Mercy the theme of the second encyclical of his pontificate — “Dives in Misericordia. The operation produces close to 10 million pieces of printed information a year in many languages. The foremost champion of the Divine Mercy message in our day has been Pope John Paul II. Following her death, the message of God’s mercy, as revealed to Faustina, began to spread. He felt paralyzed, but was completely at peace. Finally, on Dec. 20, 1999, Pope John Paul II approved the healing as a miracle. The times we live in, more than any other in history, call for a great outpouring of the mercy of God. He asked her to be the apostle and secretary of His mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world. However, because of the political situation in Poland during and after the war, it was difficult for the Church to authenticate Faustina’s writings. On Nov. 16, 1999, a panel of doctors declared the healing scientifically unexplainable. The Association’s Divine Mercy magazines, newsletters, prayercards, leaflets, booklets, and books are sold and distributed on every continent. Miracle received by Maureen Digan Innerly she heard Sister Faustina say: … At the age of 15 I was struck down with a disease called lymphedema. He went to Eden Hill, Stockbridge, the national shrine of the Divine Mercy in the USA, and talked the matter over with Father Seraphim Michalenko, asking if he could accompany us on our trip to Poland. Ron Pytel and some friends gathered for prayer at Holy Rosary Church, which is also the Baltimore archdiocesan Shrine of The Divine Mercy. St. Faustina (1905-1938) was a member of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. I thought it must have been a symptom of neurosis as I didn’t believe in miracles. Christ’s message in His revelations to St. Faustina was that this is a time for mercy.

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