Pilgrimage in Poland, exploring the roots of the Divine Mercy


By Fr. Joel de Los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments


On July 18, 2017 we were in Wadowice, the hometown of St. John Paul II. We had a guided tour of the beautiful museum that treasures personal paraphernalia of this great saint’s life testaments, memories, events, church hierarchy, civil, social, family, art, music, global travels, journeys, mission, accomplishments, career, education, souvenirs, awards, medals, sports, works, formation, health, spirituality, humanity, and the list can be endless, from birth to death, delicately preserved in a state-of-the-art high profile fashion.

In town you must try the very popular “Pope John Paul II’s Cream Cake,” a local special pastry said to be his favorite served in cafes and restaurants, otherwise your visit is incomplete.


We stayed at Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto right in the city. We had two days’ sojourn in Cracow, toured the city, but spent most of the time in the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy and St. Faustina. We had Masses and prayed the 3 p.m. Divine Mercy prayer and Chaplet at the original chapel where Jesus revealed to Sister Faustina the great devotion to the Divine Mercy along with hundreds of pilgrims from all over the world.

We venerated the sacred relic of St. Faustina after which I prayed over every member of our pilgrimage group asking God’s healing, mercy, and protection. Photographs and shopping were indispensable part of the group’s routine.   

The message of the Divine Mercy is that God is merciful. He wants us to turn to Him with trust and repentance while it is still a time of mercy before He comes as a just Judge as a preparation for His Second Coming.

The message of the Divine Mercy is not something new. It is the message of the Gospel, the message of the Church throughout the ages, the message of St. John Paul II in his encyclical “Rich in Mercy,” the message of the Lord to St. Faustina. It is all one consistent message of mercy. Pope Francis said that if you take away mercy from the Gospel, you won’t understand Jesus.

The five elements of the Divine Mercy devotion are: The Image of the Divine Mercy, The Hour of the Divine Mercy/3 p.m. Prayer, The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, The Feast of the Divine Mercy and the Spreading of the Divine Mercy devotion. St. John Paul II said that Mercy is Love’s second name. It is centered in the Heart of Jesus continued in the Heart of Mary. It is the program and mission of the Church because it is the program and mission of Christ.

On the flip side, someone said that kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Love is not what you say but what you do. Don’t be impressed by money, degrees, and titles. Be impressed by kindness, humility, and generosity. God always answers in His own time and His own way. He knows what is best for you. Jesus came to pay a debt he did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay. It is during the worst storms of your life that will get you to see the true colors of people who say they care for you. Amen on that folks!

In her Diary no. 360, St. Faustina said that “Jesus likes to intervene in the smallest details of your life.”

Pray the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for peace.