From: Mary Zimmerman
Why am I combining two people? Itís because we just celebrated their feast days (the day they died). They both have a biography worth telling the world about. October 4th was St. Francisí feast day. I think almost everyone has heard and loves the Prayer of St. Francis, one of my favorites:
Lord make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that
I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
This prayer pretty much sums up the life of St. Francis of Assisi and should be an inspiration for all of us. We must not only say this prayer but live it. Then surely wars would cease to be, murder, including abortion, as well. Most marriages would survive. All these evils and more could be a thing of the past, because surely if we kept this prayer in our minds and always on our lips it would bring about the peace each of us so earnestly longs for, the peace the world canít give.
St. Francis loved all creation. It has been said even the animals listened to his sermons and often obeyed his commands.
As many of you know, St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion Jesus entrusted to her to bring about in the world is all very dear to me. It has brought a certain peace into my life.
St. Faustina was born into a pious peasant family in 1905 in Poland. The third of ten children, she became a nun of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw at the age of 20. On February 22, Sister Faustina Kowalska saw a vision of Jesus with rays of mercy streaming from the area of His heart. He told her to have an image painted to represent this vision and to sign it ďJesus, I Trust in You.Ē He also said, ďI promise the soul that venerates this image will not perish.Ē Sister Faustina had a series of revelations that followed between 1931 and 1938. Jesus taught Sister Faustina His mercy is unlimited and available even to the greatest sinners and special ways for people to respond to His mercy. He asks us to have complete trust in Him. Some aspects connected to what we call the Divine Mercy devotion are, praying the Chaplet (on rosary beads), the novena, Mercy Sunday, the diary she wrote concerning all her mystical experiences.
Sister Faustina died October 4, 1938, at the age of 33, from tuberculosis. Pope John Paul II declared her a saint on Mercy Sunday in 2000. This year is the 75th anniversary of her death, marked by a whole year to celebrate and spread this so much needed message of Godís mercy to a hurting world.
Next year will be the 20th year of celebrating Mercy Sunday in Winona. Wonít you help me to share and spread this invitation to other people who have not yet heard the good news of Godís greatest attribute - His Divine Mercy.
For available materials and/or information call or write me: Mary Zimmerman, 318 Orrin St., Winona, MN 55987, 507-452-2570.
Godís blessings upon all of you.