At the end of last week, I learned of yet another event taking place in the Church and which was explicitly linked to Divine Mercy. Called, ‘In The Light’, it was held at Carfin Grotto and St Francis Xavier’s Church.
In the Glass Chapel of the Grotto, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed upon the Altar, in front of the life-size reproduction of the Divine Mercy image – although it was the Hyla image and not the original Kazimierowski image, the only one seen and approved by Saint Faustina. Also in the Glass Chapel, there were readings and recollections, with background music being played. These recollections spoke of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, for example. There were also candles lit in memory of those people killed in the atrocities in Paris recently.
In the main Church, again the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, with the Church lit only by candles; there were also Priests available for Confession, that great Sacrament of Mercy which is bestowed time and time again. Here, the Church was in silence, allowing time for simply being in the Presence of the Eucharistic Lord.
It can be tempting to judge the event surely in terms of the numbers of people attending – although I think this is the wrong thing to do. Although there were many empty pews, I have no doubt that enormous graces and mercy were poured out on the souls of those attending, as well as those who arranged this marvellous evening and, of course, on those Priests who gave up their evening to very kindly open wide the doors to mercy in the Confessional.
I am also much encouraged that another local event focussing on Divine Mercy was arranged and took place; I am certain that there will be an increase in such events and I only wish that more people would take the opportunity to be part of them. No doubt the Lord will take care of that as time goes on.
All such evenings as this are a great preparation for the forthcoming Jubilee of Mercy, which will very soon be upon us.