I experienced the most amazing opportunity yesterday!
I attended a DAY OF REFLECTION ON THE DIVINE MERCY held at our Diocese Cathedral.
It was beyond beautiful. Words cannot describe the sense of peace and purpose that was resonating there. I wish everyone I know could have attended it.
Many people, even fellow Catholics, don't really know or understand the full story of St. Faustina and her diary. How the Divine Mercy Chaplet came about, and the painting of the Divine Mercy of our Lord.
Below are some highlights from yesterdays amazing guest speaker: Dr. Bryan Thatcher:
~ He did an overview of the Divine Mercy. A quick history of who St. Faustina was: poor, uneducated, suffered probably from tuberculosis and intestinal issues. She only had 2 winters of education and could barely read and write....YET SHE IS A DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH!
~ Feb 22, 1931 Jesus appeared to her. She started a diary that records all her encounters, visits with Jesus. Jesus told her to spread mercy!
~ We as Catholics, Christians, need to reach outside of our comfort zone and touch the lives of the poor, the dying, the forgotten.
~ Dr. Thatcher discussed how the CENACLE'S are a way for people to gather and learn more about their faith, read and learn more about the diary and grow together as a community.
~ He further discussed the importance of teaching, learning, understanding the amazing beauty of the REAL PRESENCE of Christ in the Eucharist!
~ I loved how he emphasized that GOD IS LOVE.....WE MUST BECOME THE HANDS AND FEED OF CHRIST!
~ At one point in the day he spent a good amount of time sharing all the amazing sites of Eucharistic Miracles. My favorite of those was the miracle that took place at Buenos Aires Argentina 1996. Google it....youtube the doctor testimony on it. There will be several aspects about this miracle that will astonish you.
~He shared how forgiveness opens our heart to God...which opens the door to DIVINE MERCY!
~ Probably my absolute favorite quote from the diary was:
"Suffering is a great grace; the suffering sou becomes like the Savior;....in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer of love!" Take home: Suffer out of love and love while we suffer!
~ Another quote to ponder: "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy."
The day then ended with Exposition, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy sung, and Benediction.
What made the day even better for me was I was scheduled for Adoration at my parish chapel. I quickly took myself across town and sat with Jesus as I took in all the amazing information I had just experienced. Some of it new, some of it confirming and strengthening, but all of it beautiful and fulfilling. Thus, if anything it reminded me why and what I am doing when I sit with Jesus for an hour. It reminded me that I can and must continue to do anything HE asks of me. It reminded me I don't need to know the WHY when He asks, or the WHY when I go through my own struggles. HE KNOWS THE WHY and that is ALL that matters!
What do you know about the Cenacle, Divine Mercy, Saint Faustina, Eucharistic miracles?! Take a moment today or this week and do some searching. Then share with me what you discovered! I would love to read and learn below together!!!
Blessings and hugs,
BOOK OF THE DAY: The Diary of St. Faustina. I will definitely reread this now!
MOVEMENT OF THE DAY: Sit in peace. Meditate. Yoga. Stretch. Be kind to your body today by remembering we don't have to always be in motion to help it strengthen.