“This is the time of Mercy!”
Mercy is nothing less than the echoing call of the Gospel. It is the very heart of our salvation history. Mercy is not an abstract idea or a mere theology; rather, Mercy is a Person – Jesus Christ, the Merciful Lord.
In the Church, the call of Mercy has gathered strength over the last few decades – indeed, since the Merciful Lord revealed a new form of devotion to Divine Mercy to Sister Faustina Kowalska, a young Polish nun, in the 1930s.
Her message of Mercy was very dear to the heart of Pope John Paul II, who commented later that this message was the most significant of his Pontificate. He would go on to write an exceptionally beautiful Encyclical, entitled ‘Dives In Misericordiae’ (Rich In Mercy) and he would canonise Sister Faustina in April 2000, making her the first Saint of the Third Millennium.
The form of the devotion revealed to Sister Faustina was a new and specific form, with particular characteristics and features. But Divine Mercy itself is much, much older – although, perhaps, partly forgotten until the last few decades.
In our own day, Pope Francis wrote the beautiful Encyclical ‘Misericordiae Vultus’ (The Face Of Mercy) and he surprised the world by announcing an extraordinary Jubilee year – the Jubilee of Mercy, which began in December 2015 and ended in November 2016.
In the announcement of the impending Jubilee, Pope Francis wrote this –
“I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness.”
And so, the theme of Divine Mercy has been very much in the mind of the Church for some time. Pope Francis has called the present time ‘the time of Mercy’.
Here, you can find resources which look a little more closely at Divine Mercy in the form revealed to Saint Faustina.
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” (Fr Seraphim Michelenko, MIC). It is not affiliated to any movement or organisation. It is faithful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and to the teaching and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and fully submissive to it.