First Saint of the Millennium
In the year 2000, a young Polish nun became the first Catholic Saint of the Third Millennium. Her name was Sister Faustina Kowalska, from the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. She was canonised in St Peter’s Square, Rome, by Pope John Paul II – now, a Saint himself – who commented that the message of Divine Mercy was the most significant of his papacy.
As a young priest in Poland, he was already acquainted with the message of Divine Mercy which, despite the brutal regime operating there at that time, was flourishing quietly and beginning to gather momentum. Years later, he would remove the final obstacles which had impeded the propagation of the devotion.
The form of the devotion revealed to Sister Faustina was a new and very specific form, with particular characteristics and features. But Divine Mercy itself is much, much older – although, perhaps, partly forgotten in the present day.
In the interim, there have been many reminders of the mercy of God – often, in the writings of the Holy Fathers. One significant encyclical is ‘Dives In Miseriecordiae’ (Rich In Mercy), written by Pope John Paul II at the start of his papacy. It is a very beautiful piece.
And in our own day, Pope Francis has recently written ‘Misericordiae Vultus’ (The Face Of Mercy) and surprised the world by announcing an extraordinary jubilee year – the Jubilee of Mercy. And so, the theme of Divine Mercy is very much in the mind of the Church at the moment.
Here, you can find resources which look a little more closely at Divine Mercy.
This website is a personal response to the message of Divine Mercy, the “fastest growing grass-roots movement in the history of the Catholic Church”. It is a personal website and is not affiliated to any movement or organisation.
It is faithful to the teaching and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.