I’ve written before about the connection between the Divine Mercy devotion and abortion. (See notes and links below.) Tonight I’ve been reading an article by Carrie Gress (also added three of her books to the booklist today) on the Hidden Connection Between Mary and Divine Mercy. She points out something I hadn’t really thought about: St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Faustina Kowalska, and Pope St. John Paul II were all living in Krakow at about the same time. I don’t think I ever thought about that before. Links to article and books mentioned at the end of this post. (See note about a tour with Steve Ray in the links at the end of the post.)
She says, too, quoting George Weigel, that
“Poland was the place where the 20th century happened—the place where Nazism and Communism would run their violent course, one after the other. The antidote was also found in Poland…”Carrie Gress, in her article (see links at the end of this post, quoting George Weigel in City of Saints, a book she co-authored with him.
in the work, prayer, and sacrifices of these three different saints. She’s quoting from a book she and Weigel wrote, City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków.
(It’s well-known that all three of these saints had an intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I find this most intriguing. A rabbit hole for me to wander into and one that promises to be much more than a mere rabbit hole, too.)
Gress writes next of a book by Fr. Donald Calloway called Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina where he points out that Mary played a significant role in St. Faustina’s life.
“Mary spoke to her [St. Faustina], guided her, and consoled her.”Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina, by Fr. Donald Calloway. Yet another book I wanna read now. I’m gonna need a bigger
There’s more but I’ll just end here so you can read the rest of it in her article at the National Catholic Register. Thank you for reading. God bles you and may His peace be always with you.
PS: Just found this! Take a tour to the City of Saints with Steve Ray! Man, I wish I could do this. But someone would have to carry me around. Not happening. Sigh. ;)
Poland & Divine Mercy: JP II, Maria Faustina & Maximilian Kolbe 2019 (SELLING FAST). From 21 August 2019 to 30 August 2019This looks great! There is much more info at Steve Ray’s site, including Al Kresta interviews, and a PDF brochure and itinerary.
This has been a post in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series.
Notes and Links
- The Hidden Connection Between Mary and Divine Mercy, article by Carrie Gress
- Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina, book by Fr. Donald Calloway. I only see third party seller copies at Amazon. Paperback.
- City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków, book by George Weigel and Carrie Gress. Paperback. Kindle.
- Poland & Divine Mercy: JP II, Maria Faustina & Maximilian Kolbe 2019 (SELLING FAST): Tour with Steve Ray.
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