Monday, May 2, 2011

Blessed John Paul II and Divine Mercy

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

I came across some quotes from Blessed John Paul II on Divine Mercy, compiled by my priest friends of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, and wanted to share them with you all!

[As a brief aside, here's a funny story about the time I first met the priests and brothers of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. I had just recently started graduate studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and was attending my first Vocations Fair at the school. I had a friend who had recently professed first vows with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, and she was attending the fair. I was very excited to see her for the first time in her habit and to speak with her, but since she was already talking with someone else when I first saw her, I decided to buy some time by looking at the other tables nearby. The Marians of the Immaculate Concpetion table was close, and being drawn to their devotion to the Divine Mercy, I found myself looking at their display while waiting for my friend. One of the brothers saw me looking at the display and said kindly, "Hello! We're the Marians." I said, "Hello!" He continued, "of the Immaculate Conception." "Yes, wonderful!" I responded. Then, after a brief moment of slightly uncomfortable silence, he said, "for men!" I explained that I was just admiring their display board while waiting for my friend, and that he need not worry about my having aspirations of joining his order, and we both shared a hearty laugh!]

Okay, here are the quotes. Enjoy!

Pope John Paul II


"Right from the beginning of my ministry in St. Peter’s See in Rome, I consider this message [of Divine Mercy] my special task. Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world. It could be said that precisely this situation assigned that message to me as my task before God."
—November 22, 1981 at the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza, Italy

"Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears."
 "There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God."
—Shrine of Divine Mercy in Cracow, Poland on June 7, 1997

"…with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love proclaimed by St. Faustina may be made known to all the peoples of the earth and fill their hearts with hope.  May this message radiate from this place to our beloved homeland and throughout the world… In the mercy of God the world will find peace and mankind will find happiness."
—August 17, 2002

"The Message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me… which I took with me to the See of Peter and which it in a sense forms the image of this Pontificate."
—John Paul II speaking on his Pontificate

"Be apostles of Divine Mercy under the maternal and loving guidance of Mary."
—John Paul II to the Marians, June 22, 1993

Peace and all good,

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