National Shrine of The Divine Mercy Bulletin Jan. 9, 2022

1 • National Shrine of The Divine Mercy A Ministry of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary National Shrine of The Divine Mercy 2 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 (GPS: 2 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA) Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC: Rector Fr. Robert Vennetti, MIC: Vice Rector Shrine Reception: 413-298-3931 Bus Pilgrimages: 413-298-1119 Gift Shop: 888-484-1112 National Shrine: Divine Mercy: Marians: Dear Pilgrims, We welcome you to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. During this time of pandemic confessions, and Masses available (with limited capacity) are available. Please feel free to visit our Gift Shop and walk our beautiful grounds during your visit here. May God bless you. Sincerely in Jesus and Mary Immaculate, Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC Shrine Rector Livestream from the National Shrine (not available to the public at this time) Daily Devotions Daily Mass 9:00am Chaplet of Divine Mercy 3:00pm Rosary for Life 5:00pm Find us on: Divine Mercy (Official) Divine Mercy Videos posted on our Website daily: Daily Public Mass Schedule Weekend Masses and Devotions will be held at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine Saturday 2:00pm* Sunday 10:30am & 2:00pm *2pm Mass does NOT fulfill Sunday obligation* Confessions Available Monday thru Friday 1:00pm - 2:00pm Saturdays and Sundays 1:00pm – 2:00pm 3:30pm – 4:15pm * All candle shrines and outdoor Stations of The Cross are available to the public Please check our website for the most up-to-date information on our Monday-Friday Mass and Devotions schedule.

This day is so special for me; even though I encountered so many sufferings, my soul is overflowing with great joy. In a private room next to mine, there was a Jewish woman who was seriously ill. I went to see her three days ago and was deeply pained at the thought that she would soon die without having her soul cleansed by the grace of Baptism. I had an understanding with her nurse, a [religious] Sister, that when her last moment would be approaching, she would baptize her. There was this difficulty however, that there were always some Jewish people with her. However, I felt inspired to pray before the image which Jesus had instructed me to have painted. I have a leaflet with the Image of the Divine Lord, “Jesus, Mercy on the cover. And I said to the You yourself told me that You would grant many graces through this image. I ask You, then, forthe grace of HolyBaptismfor this Jewish lady.It makesno differencewhowill baptize her, as long as she is baptized. After these words, I felt strangely at peace, and I was quite sure that, despite the difficulties, the waters of Holy Baptismwould be poured upon her soul. That night, when she was very low, I got out of bed three times to see her, watchingfor the right moment to give her this grace. The next morning,she seemed to feel a little better. In the afternoonher last moment began to approach.The Sister who was her nurse said that Baptism would be difficult because they were with her. The moment came when the sick woman began to lose consciousness,and as a result, in order to save her, they began to run about; some [went] to fetch the doctor, while others went off in other directions to find help. And so the patient was left alone, and Sister baptized her, and before they had all rushed back, her soul was beautiful, adorned with God’s grace. Her final agony began immediately, but it did not last long. It was as if she fell asleep. All of a sudden, I saw her soul ascending to heaven in wondrous beauty. Oh, how beautiful is a soul with sanctifying grace! Joy flooded my heart that before this image I had received so great a grace for this soul. Diary 916, 1286 St. Josephine Bakhita Optional Memorial February 8th Saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita, originally from the village of Olgossa in the Darfur region of Sudan, was born around the year 1869 - she herself could not remember the exact date, for by 1877, at the age of 9, she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders. They forced her to walk over 600 miles to the slave market, where she was sold to a wealthy Arab who gave her to his daughters as a maid. The assignment was fairly light until she was falsely accused of a crime and beaten so severely that she was incapacitated for a month. Bakhita was not actually her original name. After years in slavery, she could not even remember her given name. Could not even remember her name. In the course of being sold from master to master, she was given the name "Bakhita," which means "fortunate," in Arabic. She was once sold to a Turkish general who gave her to his wife and mother-in-law; the two women beat her daily. She was scourged with a whip and cut with a blade. Salt was rubbed into her wounds to make the scars permanent. As soon as one wound would heal, they would inflict another. She received a total of 144 scars throughout her life. Pope Benedict XVI wrote of Bakhita in his encyclical on Christian hope entitled Spe Salvi: "Now she had 'hope' - no longer simply the modest hope of finding masters who would be less cruel, but the great hope." Bakhita said, "I am definitively loved and whatever happens to me - I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good." Pope Benedict continued, "Through the knowledge of this hope she was 'redeemed', no longer a slave, but a free child of God" (3). As a model of mercy, Josephine Bakhita gives us an example of hope amidst suffering. In this time of Lent, let us ask her intercession so that we might have hope in Jesus during our trials, and share that hope with others. Excerpt taken from Models of Mercy: St. Josephine Bakhita. Find full article at: Fr om th e D ia ry of St. Fa us tin a

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How to Be Pro-Life Catechism of the Catholic Church 2258 "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being."56 “...since 1973, more than 60 million unborn children have been aborted. Each year in this country, about 900,000 more are added to that list. Yet even if it [Roe v. Wade] were overturned, even if every state in the union ended up outlawing abortion for any reason at any time (which is doubtful), we know that abortion, somehow or another, would continue to exist in this fallen world. Though we can and should hope, pray, vote, and advocate for an end to legalized abortion, we must focus on what we can do here and now in our own communities. We need to double up our efforts on changing hearts and minds, one at a time, to understand the inherent dignity of unborn life.” excerpt from How to Be Pro-Life by Marc Massery. Catechism of the Catholic Church 2258 Formorepro-liferesourcespleasevisit: Novena Day 1: Join thousands of Catholics nationwide praying the annual 9 Days for Life novena, January 19-27. Sign up today at! Novena Day 1 Intention:

Excerpt taken from ‘A Gift of Divine Mercy’ by David Came, executive editor of Marian Helper magazine To read in full please go to: The Pope then continues in a more personal vein: “Two years ago now, after the First Vespers of this Feast, John Paul II ended his earthly life. In dying, he entered the light of Divine Mercy, of which, beyond death and starting from God, he now speaks to us in a new way. 3 Have faith, he tells us, in Divine Mercy! Become day after day men and women of God's mercy. Mercy is the garment of light which the Lord has given to us in Baptism. We must not allow this light to be extinguished; on the contrary, it must grow within us every day and thus bring to the world God's glad tidings. In these days illumined in particular by the light of Divine Mercy, a coincidence occurs that is significant to me: I can look back on over 80 years of life.” I have always considered it a great gift of Divine Mercy to have been granted birth and rebirth, so to speak, on the same day, in the sign of the beginning of Easter. Thus, I was born as a member of my own family and of the great family of God on the same day. As Benedict celebrates the gift of Divine Mercy in his own rebirth through Baptism, observe in particular how he speaks of mercy as "the garment of light which the Lord has given to us in Baptism." He is saying that the great dignity we have all been given in Baptism as children of God is a result of God's great mercy in saving us from our sins. He encourages all of us who are baptized to let this light of mercy from our Baptism "grow within us every day." Pope Benedict develops this theme further for all of us later in his homily when he sums up, "Birth and rebirth, an earthly family and the great family of God: this is the great gift of God's multiple mercies, the foundation of which supports us." But he doesn't end there. No, he encourages us to be aware of "God's multiple mercies" every day of our life. "God's mercy accompanies us daily," he says. "To be able to perceive his mercy it suffices to have a heart that is alert. We are excessively inclined to notice only the daily effort that has been imposed upon as children of Adam." Here, the Holy Father is reminding us that as children of the light who now live in Christ, we need to grow in daily awareness of "God's multiple mercies." We must ask for spiritual sight to recognize the mercies of the Lord and express our gratitude to God for them every day. All of us - as baptized children of God - have received "a great gift of Divine Mercy." In that light, our Holy Father is inviting us to open the eyes of our heart in order to receive it. It is expressed daily in "God's multiple mercies" toward us. But if we don't keep our eyes on the Lord and His mercies, we become weighed down by our sinful tendencies as children of Adam. As a result, our spiritual vision becomes clouded, and we miss the blessing - the sense of gratitude and joy - that God intended for us. On April 20, 2005, in his first message as Pope, Benedict XVI spoke with remarkable candor about his apprehension upon being elected. It's telling that in the midst of what he called "contrasting emotions," he expressed "deep gratitude for a gift of Divine Mercy." Baptism of The Lord January 9th