More about John Paul II and the Divine Mercy Feast

Divine Mercy NovenaBl. Pope John Paul II had a strong love for Divine Mercy — something which he shared in common with Saint Faustina, who wrote about the message in her diaries.

He was the first to consider, as Archbishop of Krakow, bringing St. Faustina’s name to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for consideration for her beatification.

One theme of John Paul II’s pontificate was, “Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope?” (Val Conlon).

Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, “Dives in Misericordia,” (Rich in Mercy), along with other homilies & writings, describes Divine Mercy as the answer to the world’s problems.

John Paul II said that St. Faustina brought the Easter message of the merciful Christ closer to the whole world.

And a year after he published the encyclical, Pope John Paul II traveled to the Shrine of Merciful Love in Italy, where he spoke about the message of Divine Mercy, “Right from the beginning of my ministry… I considered this message my special task. Providence has assigned it to me…”

Pope John Paul II beatified Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska on Divine Mercy Sunday in 1993, and he canonized her on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2000.

That same day, Pope John Paul II established Divine Mercy as a feast day (the official decree came a few days later).

He recalled after the canonization of St. Faustina – the day he declared Divine Mercy as a feast day, that it was the happiest day of his life.

Just five years after that, he died on the vigil of that feast. His last written words, which he wrote to be read on Divine Mercy Sunday, ended with, “Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

And in just a few days on this Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope John Paul II will become a saint himself.

On his deathbed, John Paul II was entrusting himself to the Divine Mercy. And in his life, he advocated for the world to appeal to the mercy of God continuously.

“As people of this restless time of ours, wavering between the emptiness of self-exaltation and the humiliation of despair, we have a greater need than ever for a regenerating experience of mercy. We should learn to say repeatedly to God with the faith and simplicity of children: “Great is our sin, but even greater is your love!” Opening ourselves to mercy, we must not be content with mediocrity and sin, but on the contrary, we must be revived by resolutions to lead a new life.” – John Paul II, Regina Caeli, April 10, 1994

So please join us in praying the Divine Mercy Novena leading up to this holy man’s canonization on Divine Mercy Sunday!

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion, you might want to get St. Faustina’s diary. You can check it out here.

Two Popes Becoming Saints and the Divine Mercy Novena – 2014

Divine Mercy NovenaThis year’s Divine Mercy Novena is going to be even more meaningful than usual.

The beloved Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized saints on Divine Mercy Sunday!

Our novena will lead right up to this historic event.

We hope you are as excited about this as we are!

In 2011, we prayed a special novena together with the intention for John Paul II’s canonization.

We were amazed that he was beatified shortly after that.

In 2012, we prayed the same novena for the same intention: John Paul II’s canonization.

So we’ve been praying for and looking forward to his canonization for a long time.

Which novena did we pray for John Paul II? The Divine Mercy Novena.

Which novena are we about to pray? The Divine Mercy Novena!

When will John Paul II be canonized? At the end of the Divine Mercy Novena, on Divine Mercy Sunday!

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St. Joseph Novena 2014!

St. Joseph NovenaWe are excited to announce the next novena we will pray is the Novena to Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary!

Saint Joseph is a very powerful intercessor!

We will begin praying on March 10th — that’s less than one week away! So be sure to share this novena with all of your friends and family before then.

They can sign up to pray with us HERE.

We’re praying for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie –

Novena to St. Francis of Assisi 2014

St. Francis of Assisi NovenaWe are excited to announce the next novena we will pray is the Novena to St. Francis of Assisi!

Did you know that St. Francis of Assisi inspired the Holy Father to take the name Francis? He shared it with the world shortly after being elected. Pope Francis said his friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes embraced him after his election and told him not to forget about the poor.

Pope Francis explained, “And those words came to me: The poor. Then right away, thinking of the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi. Then I thought of all the wars as the votes were being counted… Francis is the man of peace. That is how the name came into my heart: Francis of Assisi…. For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.”

Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most popular saints among all Christians. He is known for his simplicity, poverty and for the great work of rebuilding the Catholic Church — a direct request he heard from Christ.

As it has been nearly a year since Pope Francis was elected, we will pray this novena for the intercession of St. Francis for our church, for our pope, and for all the things that St. Francis’ namesake represents.

We will begin praying on February 11th — that’s just one week away! So be sure to share this novena with all of your friends and family before then.

They can sign up to pray with us HERE.

We’re praying for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie

Novena for Cancer Patients! 2014

St. Peregrine Novena for Cancer PatientsDo you know anyone affected by cancer or other life-threatening diseases?

We do too. And they need our prayers.

So we’re excited to announce that the next novena we will pray is to the patron saint of cancer patients: St. Peregrine.

This will be a first for us — we have never prayed through St. Peregrine’s intercession before. But after receiving many requests for this novena, we are really looking forward to what we believe will be a very powerful prayer.

Saint Peregrine had a cancerous ulcer on his leg which was miraculously cured when it was thought to be beyond saving. So we will pray for all cancer patients, for all who suffer from life-threatening illnesses, for all their families & friends, as well as for physicians and scientists working to discover a cure.

We all seem to know someone, in one way or another, who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. So we hope you will join us in praying the St. Peregrine novena for them, and that you will share it with all of your friends & family.

They can sign up to pray with us HERE.

St. Peregrine’s feast day is May 1st. But as with every novena, you can pray it any time of the year — and we will start this one on January 7th. It’s one week away, so be sure to get the word out!

We’re praying for you!

P.S. Today is a Holy Day of Obligation as we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God.