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Mercy's Gaze - 100 Readings from Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina

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Compiled by best-selling author Vinny Flynn, Mercy's Gaze breaks new ground as a first-ever themed collection of both Diary passages and Scripture verses intended to inspire prayerful reflection. Vinny has selected parallel passages from Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina that develop key mercy themes and encourage you to gaze on Jesus. This is rich spiritual fare for 100 days of prayer and reflection, with the Diary revealed as a Gospel of Mercy.

Mercy's Gaze begins with a foreword and introduction guiding readers to prayerful pondering that will encourage spiritual transformation as they gaze on Jesus in the Divine Mercy Image. Readers will see how the teachings of the Scriptures and St. Faustina's Diary are in harmony, drawing them to a deeper understanding of how the message of God's merciful love is at the very heart of the Gospel. Themes include: The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion, The Eucharist and Thanksgiving, Confession and Forgiveness, The Will of God, Redemptive Suffering, The Call to Sinners, and Mercy, My Hope, among others.

Each topic has related sets of passages from both Scripture and the Diary. The format is intended to inspire prayerful reflection for 100 days, but it is the perfect companion for daily prayer, and can be picked up and used for inspiration or help with a particular struggle at any time. Includes pages for writing your own reflections, a full color reproduction of the Vilnius Divine Mercy Image, and an appendix of prayers.

As Vinny writes in his introduction:

"So, when we gaze upon Christ ... - not only with our eyes but with our minds and hearts - we "rediscover" the Father. We recognize that it's His hand raised over us in blessing, His mercy gushing forth from the Heart of Jesus. We come to know who Christ is, who the Father is, and who we are called to be, and we are progressively transformed into living images of mercy."

Praise for Mercy's Gaze:

Mercy's Gaze is an inspirational, informative, and thought-provoking summary of St. Faustina's Diary and its clear connection to Scripture. We would do well to read it and heed its lessons clearly founded on the Word of God. I personally want a copy as part of my own daily prayer.Mercy's Gaze makes it possible for everyone to access the wisdom and vision we need for the time that lies ahead. 
- Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, Host of Food for the Journey

For the past year, I've been making my daily meditation before the image of the Merciful Savior, gazing at Him, and listening to His words in Sacred Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina. That's why I strongly recommend Mercy's Gaze. Vinny Flynn invites us to gaze on Jesus and ponder His mercy in these parallel passages from Scripture and the Diary. After using them in daily meditation, I was amazed and appreciated even more Divine Mercy as the message for our time. So I encourage you to gaze on Jesus, ponder His mercy in these passages, and you will be as amazed as I was!
- Fr. George W. Kosicki, CSB, Author of Now Is the Time for Mercy and John Paul II: The Great Mercy Pope

The mission and message the Lord gave to St. Faustina is of utmost importance for the world today. We need to say yes to Divine Mercy before it's too late. This book is a significant contribution to helping God's people prepare - and evangelize.
- Ralph Martin, STD, Author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call, Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization

 


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St. Faustina Kowalska

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/05


Patron Of: World Youth Day

Also known as
    Elena Kowalska
    Faustina Kowalska
    Helena Kowalska
    Maria Faustina Kowalska
    Sister Faustina

Memorial
    5 October

Profile
    Third of ten children, she attended only three years of school. As a teenager, she worked as a domestic servant for other families. After being rejected by several religious orders, she became a nun in the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Warsaw, Poland on 1 August 1925; the order is devoted to care and education of troubled young women. She changed her name to Sister Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. During her 13 years in various houses, she was a cook, gardener, and porter.

    She had a special devotion to Mary Immaculate, to the Sacrament, and to Reconciliation, which led to a deep mystical interior life. She began to have visions, receive revelations, and experience hidden stigmata. She began recording these mystical experiences in a diary; being nearly illiterate, it was written phonetically, without quotation marks or punctuation, and runs to nearly 700 pages. A bad translation reached Rome in 1958, and was labelled heretical. However, when Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) became Archbishop of Krakow, he was beseiged by requests for a reconsideration. He ordered a better translation made, and Vatican authorities realized that instead of heresy, the work proclaimed God's love. It was published as Divine Mercy in my Soul.

    In the 1930's, Sister Faustina received a message of mercy from Jesus that she was told to spread throughout the world, a message of God's mercy to each person individually, and for humanity as a whole. Jesus asked that a picture be painted of him with the inscription: "Jesus, I Trust in You." She was asked to be a model of mercy to others, to live her entire life, in imitation of Christ's, as a sacrifice. She commissioned this painting in 1935, showing a red and a white light shining from Christ's Sacred Heart.

    Apostles of Divine Mercy is a movement of priests, religious, and lay people inspired by Faustina's experiences; they spread knowledge of the mystery of Divine Mercy, and invoke God's mercy on sinners. Approved in 1996 by the Archdiocese of Krakow, it has spread to 29 countries.

Born
    25 August 1905 at Glogowiec, Poland as Elena (Helena) Kowalska

Died
    5 October 1938 at Krakow, Poland of tuberculosis

Venerated
    7 March 1992 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified
    18 April 1993 by Pope John Paul II
    her beatification miracle involved the cure of Maureen Digan who suffered Milroy's disease, a hereditary form of lymphedema that cost her a leg

Canonized
    30 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II
    her canonization miracle involved the cure of Father Ronald P. Pytel's heart condition

Patronage
    World Youth Day



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