Way back more than forty years ago, the spark of the Divine Mercy devotion ignited in Poland when the Lord appeared to St. Faustina Kowalska in a vision on the evening of February 22, 1931. She wrote Jesus’ words; “ I desire that this image be venerated , first in your chapel, and then throughout the world.” (Diary 47). “I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming”. ( Diary 1732.) In 1978, John Paul 11 offered his Pontificate to the Divine Mercy in Cracow, Poland. In 2002 he consecrated the new Divine Mercy Basilica, and on that occasion he entrusted the world to The Divine Mercy. In reference to Jesus’ words spoken to St. Faustina, Pope John Paul 11 said; “ From here there must go forth the spark which will prepare the world for Jesus’ final coming. This spark needs to be lighted by the grace of God. This fire of mercy needs to be passed on to the world”. (The Marians of the Immaculate Conception).
We should therefore look at this soon-to-rise Blessed John Paul 11 – Divine Mercy Chapel in Astumbo, Dededo not on human terms of personal yearning and desire as some may claim, but rightly so in the light of God’s Divine plan that the honor of His mercy be spread and venerated throughout the world. God has planned all this just as the Book of Talmud says; “ God sees but waits”. Isn’t it extremely amazing that this tiny island of Guam in the Pacific was graced by the personal presence of Pope John Paul 11 who walked in its very soil in 1981? He was the front-liner and staunch promoter of the Divine Mercy. The occasion of his death in April 2006, and the event of his beatification on May 1, 2011 all happened on the Feast of the Divine Mercy. Someone said that it’s a divine trivia.
It’s a perfect tandem of the Merciful God and this humble servant who faithfully spread the message of Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina on February 22, 1931. With absolute certainty, Pope John Paul 11’s papacy was incubated with the warmth of the Divine Mercy. He canonized St. Faustina on April 30, 2000, known today the world as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy. She is the first canonized Saint of the great millennium. It was on this momentous occasion and for the very first time ever, Pope John Paul 11 declared to the whole Christendom that the first Sunday after Easter be “The Feast of the Divine Mercy “. This must be his humble and obedient response to the Lord’s demand that a Feast of Mercy be solemnly celebrated. In her Diary entry no. 699, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words in this regard; “ The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind, will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”
It is a dream come true especially to the devotees of the Divine Mercy for at last we will have a house of prayer especially dedicated and designed for the worship of God’s mercy and to the honor of Blessed John Paul 11. It will be a lighthouse of faith to brightly shine in this part of the world where “All Are Welcome”. This lyric is not only a line of language but a spirit of a song repeatedly sung by the Divine Mercy choir during the Mass and blessing of the site on that beautiful Sunday morning of August 28, 2011. This song evokes the warmth and hospitality of the people of Astumbo and our parish in generalwhere strangers are welcome and visitors entertained. Furthermore, the substance of this song obliterates any claim or sense of exclusivity of this chapel, for the grace and mercy of God encompasses the whole mankind for there is only one race, the Human Race.
The Blessed John Paul 11- Divine Mercy Chapel fundraising activity last Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Seafood Chef in Tamuning was a great success. The turn-out was awesome and it was a prima facie evidence of our people’s strong support to our project. Kudos to the spear-headers of this activity. My attention was captured by the tireless and energetic work of the Astumbo Divine Mercy choir members, Ben and Fina Perez, and Margaret Blas among others manning the traffic and making sure that “ All Are Welcome” and everyone was rendered with finest accommodation for the occasion. The chemistry and dynamism of this event are reminiscent of the early Christians’ fellowship where everyone was driven by charity and generosity to help each other. May the same enthusiasm and vigor continue to fire up as we look forward to our many more future fundraising efforts, all for the glory of God. A million thanks to our many friends from all over the island who have supported our cause. May the good Lord continue reward you for your generosity, bless you and your families with the abundance of His grace and mercy
The Blessed John Paul 11- Divine Mercy Chapel is a great gift of God in our time and so with grateful hearts we joyfully proclaim at the top of our voices; BIBA Blessed John Paul 11-
Divine Mercy, BIBA!!!