Marian Helper Spring 2023

in body or soul, you are most closely united to the Cross of Christ, and at the same time, you are the most eloquent witnesses of God’s mercy. Through you and through your suffering, he bows down toward humanity with love. You who say in silence: “Jesus, I trust in you,” teach us that there is no faith more profound, no hope more alive, and no love more ardent than the faith, hope and love of a person who in the midst of suffering places himself securely in God’s hands. General Audience on May 31, 2006 following his pilgrimage to Poland where he visited the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki: [Being here] allowed me to emphasize that only Divine Mercy illuminates the mystery of man. In the convent near this shrine, on contemplating the luminous wounds of the risen Christ, Sr. Faustina Kowalska received a message of confidence for humanity, the message of Divine Mercy, which John Paul II echoed and of which he became the interpreter. It is a really central message for our time: Mercy as the force of God, as the divine limit against the evil of the world. Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15, 2007: The Lord took his wounds with him to eternity. He is a wounded God; He let himself be injured through his love for us. His wounds are a sign that he understands and allows himself to be wounded out of love for us. These wounds of his: how tangible they are to us in the history of our time! Indeed, time and again, he allows himself to be wounded for our sake. What certainty of his mercy, what consolation do his wounds mean for us! ... And what a duty they are for us, the duty to allow ourselves in turn to be wounded for him! Angelus message on September 16, 2007: In our time, humanity needs a strong proclamation and witness of God’s mercy. Beloved John Paul II, a great apostle of Divine Mercy, prophetically intuited this urgent pastoral need. He dedicated his second Encyclical to it and throughout his Pontificate made himself the missionary of God’s love to all peoples. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, which darkened the dawn of the third millennium, he invited Christians and people of good will to believe that God’s mercy is stronger than all evil, and that only in the Cross of Christ is the world’s salvation found. Regina Caeli message on Divine Mercy Sunday, March 30, 2008: Indeed, mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message; it is the very Name of God, the Face with which he revealed himself in the Old Covenant and fully in Jesus Christ, the incarnation of creative and redemptive Love. May this merciful love also shine on the face of the Church and show itself through the sacraments, in particular that of Reconciliation, and in works of charity, both communitarian and individual. May all that the Church says and does manifest the mercy God feels for man, and therefore for us ... From Divine Mercy, which brings peace to hearts, genuine peace flows into the world, peace between different peoples, cultures and religions. Homily on the third anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, April 2, 2008: The Servant of God John Paul II had known and personally experienced the terrible tragedies of the 20th century and for a long time wondered what could stem the tide of evil. The answer could only be found in God’s love. In fact, only Divine Mercy is able to impose limitations on evil; only the almighty love of God can defeat the tyranny of the wicked and the destructive power of selfishness and hate. For this reason, during his last visit to Poland, he said on his return to the land of his birth: “Apart from the mercy of God there is no other source of hope for mankind” (Homily at Krakow-Lagiewniki, August 17, 2002). Regina Caeli message after the close of the first World Apostolic Congress on Mercy on April 6, 2008: To all the participants I address my cordial greeting which now becomes a mandate: go forth and be witnesses of God’s mercy, a source of hope for every person and for the whole world. May the Risen Lord be with you always! Learn more about Pope Benedict XVI in Divine Mercy: A Guide From Genesis To Benedict XVI by Robert Stackpole, STD, available now on ShopMercy.org/b57 (Product code: B57AGGB2). Marian Helper • Spring 2023 • Marian.org 29 ‘Mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message; it is the very name of God. May this merciful love also shine on the face of the Church and show itself through the sacraments, in particular that of Reconciliation, and in works of charity, both communitarian and individual.’ Paolo Gabriele/Wikicommons

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