Divine Mercy

Messages Valid? Approved by the Church?

Can we trust the Divine Mercy Promises?

The Divine Mercy Devotion is a private revelation. Public Revelation differs from Private Revelation. Public Revelation refers to the revealing action of God directed to humanity as a whole. It finds its expression in Sacred Scripture and Tradition where God gradually made himself known to men, to the point of becoming man himself. It is not a matter of intellectual communication, or the transmission of knowledge, but a life-giving process where God meets man. Public revelation is valid for all time. It reached its fulfillment in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and came to an end with the fulfillment of the mystery of Christ.

Private Revelation can be for all peoples and all times, or directed to specific people at specific times. The Divine Mercy Devotion is a private revelation. Public Revelation is related to dogmas of the Faith which all Catholics are required to believe. Catholics are not required to believe a private revelation. However, our Holy Catholic Church, after intensive investigation, has approved many private revelations as worthy of belief – the revelations of Lourdes, Fatima, and Divine Mercy are examples. Given the many approvals by the Magisterium, far exceeding that of other devotions, it is clear that Catholic Church has complete confidence in the Divine Mercy Message.

So what steps has the Church taken to assure that the Divine Mercy Devotion is worthy of belief?

  1. The ban on the Divine Mercy devotion was lifted and Faudtina's writings were reexamined. The ban was imposed due to incorrect copying and editing of Faustina's diary entries.
  2. St. Faustina had tuberculosis and was moved 25 times in the last 13 years of her life. After the ban was lifted, additional documents were discovered that supported her cause for sainthood and futher validated her mystical experiences with Christ.
  3. A critical analysis of Faustina's writings was performed by Fr. Ignacy Rożycki, a renown theologian and one of Saint Pope John Paul II's seminary professors. Fr. Rożycki found the text to be theologically consistent with the Catholic Faith and further identified the five parts of the Divine Mercy Devotion.
  4. The theologian, Fr. Kosicli, helped translate Faustina's diary.
  5. St. Faustina was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2000 and, as customary for canizations, her picture was displayed in St. Peter's Square.
  6. The Church declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday in the liturgical calendar, just as Jesus requested in her diary.
  7. The Church instituted an indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday. Although the blessings of Divine Mercy are greater than a plenary indulgence, the Church instituted the indulgence as further validation of the Feast of Divine Mercy. In a decree dated August 3, 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary announced that in order “to ensure that the faithful would observe this day (Divine Mercy Sunday) with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence…so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit.” 9
  8. Saint Pope John Paul II called himself the Divine Mercy Pope on many occasions, and wrote the encyclical Dives in Misericordia, or Rich in Mercy, which reflects on the Mercy of God.
  9. Popes, Cardinals, Bishops, and Priests have spoken on Divine Mercy and celebrated the Feast of Divine Mercy all over the World with the approval and blessing of the Holy Catholic Church

There are no further actions the Church can take, in regard to a private revelation, to further authenticate the Divine Mercy Message, the validity of St. Faustina's writings, and her mystical experiences with Christ. Divine Mercy is real and for all. Few private revelations approach the verification that has been granted to the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion.

Christian Persecution

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Two Churches Bombed: 45 Dead, over 100 Injured

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by Jayson Casper

Palm Sunday Bombings in Egypt

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Cairo, 4/9/2017: Attacks at two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt’s Nile Delta killed 45 people and injured more than 100 others during Palm Sunday services. ISIS claimed responsibility. In February, the Egypt chapter of the Islamist extremists had released a threatening video calling Coptic Christians our priority and our preferred prey. Soon after, about 100 Christian families fled their homes in the Sinai Peninsula amid a string of murders...

The bombing in Tanta at Mar Girgis (St. George) Church, killed at least 29 and injured more than 70. The bombing in Alexandria at St. Mark’s Cathedral, killed at least 16 and injured more than 40...

Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Egypt later this month, condemned the attack during his Palm Sunday remarks in St. Peter’s Square. He prayed that God would “convert the hearts of those who spread terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make, and traffic in, weapons,” reports the Associated Press...

The church bombings are the deadliest since a December attack at a chapel of the flagship St. Mark’s cathedral in Cairo killed 29 mostly women and children on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. That attack on the spiritual center of the Coptic Orthodox church was the deadliest modern terrorism against Egyptian Christians until today’s attacks. 7

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Christian Persecution Throughout History

Christian persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.

According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.1

'Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.' 2

Religious persecution has a long history dating back prior to the establishment of the Christian Church. It can be seen in the early days of the Old Testament in the ridicule of Noah. Institution persecution, as a governmental policy, can be seen in Egypt in the forced slavery of the Israelites prior to the Exodus. Persecution of the Christian Church, which was formed in Christ, dates back to Christ Himself as Herod sought to kill the 'new king' and promised 'Messiah'. As a result Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were forced into exile, and the Sons of the Israel, the Holy Innocents, were slain by mere association. Persecution continued through the influence of the scribes and Pharisees, which resulted in Jesus' Crucifixion, the deaths of many martyrs, expulsion of the Christians from the synagogue, and Christians slayed for sport in the Roman Arena.

In this series, we explore the persecution of the Christian Church throughout its history and attempt to draw knowledge, insights, faith, and courage that will sustain us in our discernment and discipleship.

Five Facts About Christian Persecution

  1. Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith.
  2. According to the U.S. Department of State, in more than 60 countries Christians face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors.
  3. One of the worst countries in the world for the persecution of Christians is North Korea ... Christians in North Korea face the risk of detention in the prison camps, severe torture and, in some cases, execution for practicing their religious beliefs.
  4. In 41 of the 50 worst nations for persecution, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic extremists.
  5. Christians face persecution even in countries with a large Christian population. For instance, in Columbia the church is frequently attacked because political groups view Christians as a threat.9
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All Democratic Candidates Must Support Abortion on Demand

April 22, 2017: Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez demanded that “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health ... That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state”8 In this statement the Democratic Party takes the exclusive position that it will not support any candidate that does not support abortion on demand. A recent Pew Research report found that 28% of rank and file democrats oppose abortion in most, or all, cases.

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'I am wounded by love'

What, I ask, is more wonderful than the beauty of God? What thought is more pleasing and wonderful than God’s majesty? What desire is as urgent and overpowering as the desire implanted by God in a soul that is completely purified of sin and cries out in its love: I am wounded by love? The radiance of divine beauty is altogether beyond the power of words to describe.

- Saint Basil the Great

Defund Violent Racism!

In Margaret Sanger's book The Pivot of Civilization she called for the elimination of "human weeds," for the segregation of "morons, misfits, and maladjusted," and for the sterilization of "genetically inferior [black] races."

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States. It performs nearly 200 times more abortions than referrals for adoption. Founded by eugenicist and atheist Margaret Sanger, it is taxpayer subsidized, tax-exempt, and receives specific federal funding to promote and provide birth control.

In May 2012, "Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama with $1.4 million ad buy." It also started a new relationship with the Los Angeles Unified School District by providing a clinic on a Los Angeles high school campus.

Although a non-profit organization, Planned Parenthood reported an average annual surplus of over $40 million from the fiscal years ending in 2001 through 2006. and had over $1 billion in revenue in 2006. Planned Parenthood had a surplus of nearly $115 million and received $336 million from the government in order to carry out its operations, including almost 300,000 abortions that year.

The organization boasts that it provides "sexual and reproductive health care", but this is a rather transparent expression for abortion and contraception. Planned Parenthood annually gives awards to those who support their agenda and the top award which they give is called the Margaret Sanger Award. 80% of those who have won this award have been pro-eugenics. Previous recipients of the Margaret Sanger Award include:

  1. Nancy Pelosi
  2. Hilary Clinton
  3. Jane Fonda
  4. Ted Turner

Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood and was also a proponent of eugenics, believing that blacks were a racially inferior race, along with being a member of both the American Eugenics Society and the English Eugenics Society. She has been widely praised by many liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton. Alan Guttmacher, who was the President of Planned Parenthood from 1962 to 1974 and who was also former Vice-President of the American Eugenics Society, stated: "We are merely walking down the path that Ms. Sanger has carved out for us." Similarly, Faye Wattleton, who was the president of Planned Parenthood until 1992, stated that she was "proud" to be "walking in the footsteps" of Margaret Sanger. 5