Saint John Paul II, Divine Mercy of God and the Extraordinary Month of Mission
On Tuesday this week (22nd October) it was the Memorial of Saint John Paul II, Pope. He was an influential Pope and his Papacy brought many new initiatives and growth in the Church. He was responsible for Canonising Helena Kowalska in St Peter’s Square, Rome on 30th April 2000 who would become Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament, the Secretary of the Divine Mercy of Jesus, Himself the Divine Mercy.
St Faustyna saw the Risen Christ in her cell in her Convent in Poland in the 1930’s and Jesus told her of His desire to pour our His Love, Grace and Mercy upon the whole world. Jesus asked St Faustyna to paint an image of Him like the one she had seen and He gave her many words of prayers to use to ask the Father for His Mercy. Throughout this Extraordinary Missionary Month, we have been asked to draw closer to Our Blessed Lord and to seek His Mercy for not only ourselves but for those who are dear to us and indeed the whole world. Jesus, we trust in You!
We have been encouraged by our Holy Father, Pope Francis to draw closer to Jesus every day in prayer and weekly seek to join the universal prayer chain with Pope Francis in solidarity with all people around the world. As we seek with the Holy Spirit’s help to become the people we were created to be, that is, God’s Beloved Sons and Daughters, we are to take our Baptism seriously and reaffirm that we are called by God and sent out by Him into our world, our lives, relationships and circumstances. We are all called to be Missionary Disciples as we seek to bring God’s unconditional love to a needy and hurting world.
Saint John Paul II said, “Before God, each human being is always unique and unrepeatable. Somebody thought of and chosen from eternity.”
We have now come to the end of this half term and as we prepare to go on our Half Term break we give thanks to God for all His gifts and blessings to us during this past few weeks since September.
Our Prayer this week:
as we come to the end of another half term we turn to You in confidence and place any difficult relationships into the healing Hands of Jesus Your Beloved Son. Enable us to leave behind any pain of the past and any regrets or bitterness, entrusting the past to Your Mercy the present to Your Love and the future to Your Providence. Help us to appreciate more the need to keep a good balance in our lives. May the holiday be for us a time of rest and recreation to help restore us and recreate us in Your Image and Likeness as we enjoy more of the love and presence of our families on whom we ask Your blessing. In the Name of Jesus, we pray.
Brother Nicholas Hutchinson FSC