A Call To Peace DAILY CATHOLIC for April 17-19
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vol, 9
no. 75

For the Sake of Divine Mercy

Blessed Faustina, graphic from the Institute of Divine Mercy site      In honor of this weekend we review two sites dedicated to the devotion of Divine Mercy, one is the the original and chief spokeswheel for devotion to Divine Mercy run by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Massachusetts where the shrine of Divine Mercy is headquartered, and the other a site for the relatively new contemplative order of nuns devoted to calling down Divine Mercy on the world - the Institute of Divine Mercy headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Golden Chalice Award presented by the Daily CATHOLICGolden ChaliceBoth sites offer you almost everything you need to know about this devotion first imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska a Polish nun in the 1930's. The devotion was preserved by the Marians who literally smuggled it out from the Nazis and across Russia behind the Iron Curtain to bring it to America where today this devotion is flourishing more than ever before.

      National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA - Photo from Marians' siteThe Marians' site is easy to navigate and very little scrolling is necessary. It is divided into five sections with information on the Marians, on the Shrine, on the Association of Marian Helpers, on the facilities at Eden Hill in Stockbridge, on Devotion to Divine Mercy. In addition to a links page, there is a special section on Divine Mercy Sunday outlining the schedule of events at Stockbridge during this weekend. Included on that page is news that the Sunday morning Mass will again be broadcast on EWTN and celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio of Poland Archbishop Joseph Kowalczyk who will say the morning Mass in Polish with Springfield's Bishop Thomas L. Dupre celebrating an English Mass at 1:30 with the Chaplet and Benediction following at 3 p.m. the Hour of Divine Mercy. There will be the Sacrament of Penance available throughout the weekend and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Peregrine Chapel until 4 p.m. Sunday. They provide maps and directions for those planning on taking part in this celebration that annually attracts upwards of 15,000 for the two day event. Graphics and pages load superfast in a simplified, easy to follow frame format.

John Paul II plays a pivotal role in devotion to Divine Mercy - graphic from Institute of Divine Mercy site     Frames or non frames is the choice the Institute of Divine Mercy offers at their site which gives a brief summary of the mission imparted to Blessed Faustina and background on the Institute itself and its main purpose of contemplative, cloistered nuns committed to calling down Divine Mercy on the entire world through their life of prayer and sacrifice as "hidden disciples of Mercy." Founded in Dallas, it has a satellite monastery in Puerto Rico and in cooperation with the mother house these "vessels of prayer" are growing and need everyone's prayers and financial help in helping build a permanent monastery to house the growing numbers. There is a special page provided for making a donation to the Institute. One of the best features of this site is the page on Pope John Paul II's involvement and influence on Divine Mercy including the full text, footnotes and all, of his encyclical on the "Mercy of God" Dives in Misericordia. The graphics are inspiring and the pages read well. They are currently in a transition, having just obtained their own domain name, thus some graphics have not been transferred totally as of this writing. For those opting for frames, they offer audio as well. They provide a special prayer request page where one can fill in their intentions and these are placed in a basket at the altar in the Institute's chapel during adoration and Holy Mass, celebrated in Latin daily by Father Karl Claver who has been the spiritual director to the Institute for two years along with confessor Father Santos Mendoza who has been with the Institute since its inception in 1995.

     What we don't provide in our special Divine Mercy Section in this issue, both the above sites make up for and give everyone a well-rounded picture of what Divine Mercy is all about and why it is so vital for our times. Therefore, because of this special occasion this weekend, we award both sites a "Golden Chalice Award" and confer FOUR Hail Mary's to these two sites dedicated to Divine Mercy.


April 17-19, 1998 volume 9, no. 75
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