SR BRIEGE McKENNA: SIGNPOST TO JESUS OF MERCY
SONIE PEOPLE believe in the theory of miracles, Sr Briege McKenna believes in the reality of miracles because she sees them happen. She has a worldwide ministry of healing and evangelism.
Since 1970, when she was healed of crippling arthritis, Sr Briege has experienced more of the extraordinary ways of the Spirit than most Christians ever imagine. Today her healing ministry takes her all over the world — from huge rallies in Latin America and Africa to retreats in Korea.
On 28 and 29 June 1997 Sr Briege will be the main Speaker at the Divine Mercy Conference being held at Wembley Conference Centre.
With Father Kevin Scallon, her spiritual director, she will share her insights about faith for healing, the power of the Eucharist in healing, the vital importance of prayer in our daily lives and the Divine love of Jesus of Mercy.
WHAT IS THE DEVOTION OF THE DIVINE MERCY?
On 22 February 1931, a young Polish nun, Sr 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, "Jesus, I trust in You". Calling her the Apostle and Secretary of His mercy, He ordered her to begin writing a diary so that people of our generation would focus once again on the reason that Christ gave His life on the cross.
Through this devotion Jesus wants people to come to know more about His Divine Mercy and trust in it as a means of salvation; in fact in this message Jesus went so far as to say it was the final hope for mankind.
In a series of revelations that followed between 1931 and 1938, He taught her that His mercy is unlimited and available even to the greatest sinners. He revealed special ways to make it clear and easy for people to respond to His mercy in their lives and He gave her several promises for those who would really trust in His mercy and make it known to others.
By the time of Sr Faustina's death in 1938, devotion to The Divine Mercy had already begun to spread throughout Eastern Europe. In July of 1940, Fr Joseph Jarzebowski, a Polish Marian Priest fleeing from war torn Poland, picked up a little leaflet on which he saw the Divine Mercy Image for the first time, he prayed to the Image for help, vowing to spend the rest of his life spreading the Divine Mercy message if it helped him to escape. He travelled through five nazi-occupied countries safely until he arrived on
American soil in May of 1941. From here he started to make known for the first tirne in the west, the wonderful revelations to Blessed Faustina.
The process for the beatification of Blessed Faustina was begun in 1966. On 7 March 1992 in the presence of :he Holy Father, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the Decree of Heroic Virtues, by which the Church acknowledges that Sr Faustina practised all the Christian virtues to an heroic degree.
On 21 Decenber 1992, a healing through Sr Faustina's intercession was declared a miracle and on the Sunday after Easter, 18 April 1 993 (Mercy Sunday), Sr Flustila was solemnly beatified in tome by Pope John Paul II. Sht is now officially known in the Church as Blessed Faustina Kovvalsla.
The Feast of /Mercy s now a solemn feast day in th Polish Liturgical calendar and is celebrated privately in many parishes all over the world. Blessed Faustina's cause has already moved into the canonical investigation stage, ander the direction of the Coagregtion for the Causes of Saints, anl it now seems clear to everyoneclose to the case that she vill be canonised in the mit to distant future.
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