The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines, was the venue during the fourth day celebration of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy on Jan. 19, 2017.
It was a very joyful and faith-filled celebration of mercy with more than 10, 000 local and foreign delegations in attendance. The Most Rev. Jose Oliveros, Bishop of Malolos, Bulacan was the keynote speaker for the day. His diocese heart-fully hosted the celebration at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. There was the blessing of the beautiful 100 meters-tall statue of the Divine Mercy standing right beside the Shrine.
I cannot brag about my love for God because I fail him daily. But I can brag about his love for me, because it never fails. And pride is about my glory whereas humility is about God’s glory.
Declared as the National Shrine 16 years ago, this holy place became a haven of prayer and pilgrimages. There are accounts of conversion, healing and recommitment to the Catholic faith with renewed enthusiasm to spread the Divine Mercy devotion. A certain man about to become blind who prayed right at the shrine of the Divine Mercy recovered his normal vision. An architect by profession and grateful to God for the healing, he painted the picture of the Divine Mercy which was presented to Pope Benedict XVI by Bishop Oliveros at the conclusion of the First World Apostolic Congress On Mercy in Rome in 2008 and explained to him the extraordinary circumstance of the painting itself. It is now distinctly displayed at the main altar of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.
The 4th World apostolic Congress On Mercy was celebrated almost immediately after the conclusion of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on November 27, 2017, the feast of Christ the King. Pope Francis has instilled in us that the nature of God is mercy and Jesus Christ is the face of the Father of mercy. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus reaching culmination in Him.
As Pope Francis pointed out at the Bull of Indiction, Misericordia Vultus, (Face of Mercy), we need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy, reveals the very mystery of the most Holy Trinity. Mercy is the ultimate and supreme act which God comes to meet us. Mercy is the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into welfare of others. Mercy connects God and man, gives hope of being loved despite our sinfulness.
Pope Francis said that despite the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, God’s mercy never ends. Let us be merciful like the Father. We are called to be effective sign of God’s mercy, for faith without good work is dead. (James. 2:14-17.)
On the flip side, someone said that kindness heals the deepest wounds. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” (Jimi Hendrix). I cannot brag about my love for God because I fail him daily. But I can brag about his love for me, because it never fails. And pride is about my glory whereas humility is about God’s glory. Amen on that folks!
St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “Proclaim that Mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of my hands are crowned with mercy.” (Diary 301).
Pray the Divine Mercy and Chaplet every day for peace.
The Divine Mercy-St. John Paul II Chapel project needs your generous financial assistance. For information pls. contact Fr. Dan Bien at 632-5659, Carmen Kasperbauer at 632-0431, or me, Fr. Joel at 483-9464. Thank you and may God bless and reward you abundantly.