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Monday, November 18, 2013

Reasons to Question the Divine Mercy Devotion

After reading the article below, I looked up some of the references in Sr. Faustina's Diary. The problems this priest points out in the text are clear. Oh dear..... Some of the quotes are troubling indeed. And what are we to make of the fact that two popes, Pius XII and John XXIII condemned the devotion?

Church Reasons to Condemn the Divine Mercy Devotion

Update here.

8 comments:

Siobhan said...

Very interesting. The only thing is why did Our Lord allow Sr. Faustina to be canonized? Did Pope John Paul II act on his own? Was it nationalism?

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Good questions. I want to reread the diary. Of course, no one has to believe in a private revelation. But I just found this disheartening. And Fr. Perez's comments on the picture I found interesting and troubling as well. I'm curious whether the Church teaches that canonization is infallible.

Mary said...

The 20-year prohibition - predicted by Jesus Christ Himself to St. Faustina - was made when incorrect translations were presented to the Holy See since it was not possible to obtain all documents immediately after the WW II. However, the Prohibition was lifted on 15th April 1978 after all the Documents and Evidence was presented to the Holy See and accepted as a Message from God. And as Jesus had stated, six months later, the Archbishop who had re-opened the Cause of the Divine Mercy Message - now Cardinal, who was to fulfill Jesus' Will became Blessed Pope John Paul II. And as Jesus requested on 21st February, 1931, on 30th April, 2000, the Divine Mercy Sunday was solemnly promulgated for the Universal Catholic Church and Venerable Sister Faustina canonized as the 1st Saint of the 21st Century. The Divine Mercy Pope died on the eve of the Divine Mercy Sunday and he is now to be canonized on 27th April, 2014, The Divine Mercy Sunday. Praise be Jesus Christ. "Jesus I Trust in You".

Mary said...

Mary, the Divine Mercy Devotion has been officially and solemnly accepted by the Universal Catholic Church. The same way the Church accepted and approved the Sacred Heart Devotion. The Divine Mercy Sunday is now celebrated - as Jesus demanded - in the Universal Catholic Church on the First Sunday after Easter and Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska has been entered in the Calendar of the Saints.He Feast Day is on the 5th of October, the day she died at a tender age of 33 Years. Jesus promised her she would become His Secretary and Eucharistic Apostle of Divine Mercy in this life and in Heaven. In our Country, Kenya this Divine Mercy Message is proclaimed by us, the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy.

Siobhan said...

Another thing - why is there such a rush to canonize Pope John Paul II? The more I read about him the more I'm convinced he shouldn't be declared a saint. I know he suffered terribly towards the end of his life, but so many bad things happened on his watch. The same regarding Pope John XXIII – not only did he disobey Our Lady about Fatima, the fruit of Vatican II has been terrible. And regarding Sr. Faustina - I'll just switch back to saying the rosary of the Holy Wounds which is what I was saying before changing over to the DM Chaplet. Interesting times we live in, Mary Ann!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks for the comments. I think I was imprudent to post this without a lot more exploration of the situation. Here's a link that explains my concerns pretty well.

http://www.marian.org/divinemercy/story.php?NID=4194

Frank Gibbons said...

I visit your blog periodically and always thought you were balanced and stood on solid ground. It concerns me that you've allowed "Tradition in Action" to influence your thinking on this matter. We're not required to believe in the Divine Mercy message. However, I'd think twice before giving credence to what TIA says.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I appreciate your comment, Frank. I had an email conversation with another friend about TIA. I'm not that familiar with them and as I said above I should have done more research before posting this. I'm doing another post to correct it as some folks may hold this position based on the flawed interpretation of Fr. Perez.